Travel rumblings

Blue Monday

Jan 18th, 2021 | By
family running on beach

The Sunday Telegraph reported yesterday that all adults over 18 could be vaccinated by the end of June which means summer holidays could be back on for all of us.



Don’t discriminate against the unvaccinated

Jan 13th, 2021 | By

The more that are vaccinated the more countries are likely to open their borders to those vaccinated and the more quickly tourism and travel can return.



It isn’t our fault, it is the fault of two employees

Jan 10th, 2021 | By

That seems to be the attitude of Boeing to the terrible consequences of the quality control failures of the development of the 737-MAX.



Not what we want to hear

Jan 8th, 2021 | By

Therefore this poll answer is not what the industry or the public would want to hear. They want to know it will be safe to travel.



European Year of Rail

Jan 4th, 2021 | By

I remember travelling on many grubby trains. I and many other regular train travellers would like to know how clean they really are



A present for the staff

Dec 24th, 2020 | By

An Airbus A320 owned by Eurowings has been re-painted to say thanks to the “best team in the world” in both German and English.



Allowing unfit planes to fly

Dec 20th, 2020 | By

The FAA “…repeatedly permitted Southwest Airlines to continue operating dozens of aircraft in an unknown airworthiness condition for several years…”



Deserved? No.

Dec 16th, 2020 | By

I can’t say that I am cheering from the rafters about On the Beach being named Best Online Travel Company.



Looking after number one

Dec 5th, 2020 | By
the harbour at Mandraki

Ccountries moved to protect their own tourism businesses rather than to join together and protect the EU’s as a whole.



What is fair?

Nov 30th, 2020 | By

The gist of the story is that heritage railways in Wales have received less funding during the pandemic from the Welsh government



Germany wants ski resorts closed

Nov 28th, 2020 | By

ngela Merkel has called on the EU to close all ski resorts this winter. The Italian prime minister has asked Italians not to head to the slopes



Want a BA Club World mug?

Nov 23rd, 2020 | By
tal fins of British Airways planes

Much as the rest of us clear our garages out and send stuff off to charity shops or the tip, BA has decided to flog off some of its stuff to raise a bit of cash



A Christmas strike

Nov 19th, 2020 | By
panoramic view of Heathrow

At first sight, who will have any sympathy for people planning to strike over Christmas at Heathrow?



Could the EU move any slower?

Nov 7th, 2020 | By

I could be an old man before a common policy is in operation!



Sometimes in a hole, you should stop digging

Nov 3rd, 2020 | By
Ryanair plane ascending

Ryanair made a mess of customer relations during the first lockdown and it doesn’t look to have improved those relations this time around.



Giving confidence

Oct 29th, 2020 | By
holidays may, just may, get cheaper if APD is removed from under 12's

The obvious thing for it to do would be to extend its protection on vouchers issued up until just after Easter



Charging companies interest

Oct 27th, 2020 | By

As part of ATOL bonding, why couldn’t there be a clause stating that money refunds and compensation must be paid within a set period



You’re worth about £50 each

Oct 17th, 2020 | By
tal fins of British Airways planes

Why can’t the rulings about data breaches always include a compensation sum to the people affected?



Fancy Mauritius? Then face the hurdles

Oct 10th, 2020 | By

Either you want visitors in which case you have to make travel and entry a little easier or you refuse entry to visitors for a bit longer.



The Simon Calder rumpus

Oct 10th, 2020 | By
pier in Aber

Calder’s reaction has been much more thoughtful and responsible that mine might have been.



Regional restrictions

Oct 8th, 2020 | By
Berlin Reichstag

The travel industry has urged governments to support regional no-go areas rather than blocking off whole countries. This thinking grew in intensity after the UK blocked the whole of Portugal rather than the regions where the pandemic was strongest. So the Algarve, the Azores and Madeira suffered from not having British tourists despite having a low incidence. The same happened in Spain where the Canaries and the Balearics had few cases compared to the mainland. Now countries are opting for more regional targeting so Britons
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National Customer Service Week

Oct 6th, 2020 | By

Communication with customer seemed sadly lacking. That is what travel companies need to learn



‘Travel the world. Make a difference’

Sep 29th, 2020 | By

At any other time I would be a supporter of such a view, my long-held thoughts being that travel does indeed broaden the mind



Today is World Tourism Day

Sep 27th, 2020 | By
Image of West Lake

This year there seems to be no reason to celebrate travel, just to remember how it was and the many people who have lost their jobs.



The future for multi-centre holidays

Sep 23rd, 2020 | By

Life is becoming increasingly more difficult to follow, understand and to decide what to do.



Testing holiday times

Sep 21st, 2020 | By

The more destinations that insist on a PCR test, the more strain that is placed on the NHS to test and laboratories to respond.



Welcome back Thomas Cook?

Sep 16th, 2020 | By

Only the next few months will show whether the public is willing to trust the Thomas Cook name again.



UK has four different quarantine rules

Sep 8th, 2020 | By
image from the air of Mykonos

There is confusion as all four nations now have different rules for Greece.