Flight News : Thomas Cook Issues Profit Warning

Thomas Cook Group who operate Thomas Cook Airways and a number of hotel booking websites as well as their package holiday brands have issued their third profits warning of the year leaving their shares down 30% as investors took fright. Thomas Cook Group shares now trade at just 72p, a third of their value of over 200p just a year ago. They are now at their lowest level since the merger with troubled MyTravel in 2007.

Thomas Cook Group trades as Hotels4u and Medhotels as well as other leading UK travel names such as Airtours, Club 18-30 Holidays, Cresta, Cruise Thomas Cook, Direct Holidays, Elegant Resorts, Flexibletrips, Flythomasco…, Gold Medal, Manos, Neilson, Netflights, Panorama, Pure Luxury, Sentido, Style, Sunset, Sunworld Holidays, Swiss Travel Service, Thomas Cook, Thomas Cook Signature, Thomas Cook Tours and Thomas Cook Sport.

All Thomas Cook Group package holiday bookings are fully protected by ATOL so you can rest assured that your money is safe if you have booked a package holiday with them.

Analyst Morgan Stanley suggested the group would be in “a tough discussion with its banks – we forecast Thomas Cook will come close to its debt covenants in the next six months – while we don’t think it’s that bad, market leaders have collapsed before”.

If we were looking for peace-of-mind for our Hotel and Flight Bookings then the Hotel-Traveller team would probably feel far happier booking hotels and flights online with some of the other flight and hotel booking specialists given the current financial uncertainty.

One of the easiest and best flight search engines in the market is SkyScanner

Hotel Booking Sites

AllHotels

Alpha Rooms

Booking.com

Expedia

Great Getaways

Holiday Nights

Hostel Bookers

Hotels.com

Hotel Hippo

Hotelopia

Hotel Pronto

Hotel Shop

Hotels Hotels Hotels

Laterooms.c…

Quickrooms

Superbreak

Sunshine.co.uk

Flight-Traveller favourites are indicated in Bold

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Ryanair to pause Bournemouth flights

RYANAIR will pause operations at Bournemouth Airport for three months again this winter. It will operate no aircraft out of Bournemouth during November, December and January.

However the low-cost airline will return with a schedule for spring and summer next year commencing in February 2012.

Ryanair will base one aircraft at Bournemouth and operate 12 routes from the airport between February and October 2012.

There will be seven spring and twelve summer routes including Alicante, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

Similarly, Ryanair didn’t run a winter schedule out of Bournemouth last year.

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New Glasgow Flights from Jet2 Holidays

Passengers using Glasgow Airport will soon be able to choose from five new services to Spain including the Canary Islands.

Airline and tour operator, Jet2 Holidays will next year operate routes to Ibiza, Barcelona, Malaga, Murcia and Lanzarote, with tickets on sale now.

The Jet2 Holidays flights to Barcelona, Lanzarote, Malaga and Murcia will take off from March next year and ones to Ibiza in May.

Barcelona flights will operate three times each week, Lanzarote weekly, Malaga four times each week and Murcia twice every week.

The commercial director at Glasgow Airport said: “As expected, there has been huge demand for Jet2.com‘s flights since its arrival at Glasgow Airport earlier this year and we’re delighted it has responded by launching five new routes. The airline is clearly committed to continually improving its service for customers and should be congratulated for doing so.”

Passengers can also fly with Jet2 Holidays to Alicante, Faro, Geneva, Majorca, Nice, Tenerife and Turkey.

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Virgin Atlantic Special Offers & Cheap Flights

Flying Economy with Virgin Atlantic is a great way to start your holiday.

Sit back in one of Virgin Atlantics comfortable seats, with adjustable headrests, lumbar supports and moveable armrests. Every seat also has its own seatback TV with a choice of channels to keep everyone entertained whilst enjoying Virgin’s complimentary meals and drinks.

These Virgin Atlantic Special Offer fares are available until 26 May 2011.

ECONOMY
From: To: (Fares from,Departure dates)

London New York
£394 12 May – 31 May 11
£434 01 Jun – 30 Jun 11
£607 01 Jul – 05 Jul 11
£434 01 Sep – 31 Oct 11

London Boston
£399 12 May – 31 May 11
£441 01 Jun – 30 Jun 11
£519 22 Aug – 31 Aug 11
£429 01 Nov – 07 Dec 11

London Washington
£443 12 May – 31 May 11
£449 01 Jun – 30 Jun 11
£449 01 Sep – 31 Oct 11

London Chicago
£421 12 May – 31 May 11
£461 01 Jun – 30 Jun 11
£461 01 Sep – 16 Oct 11

London Miami
£425 12 May – 31 May 11
£480 01 Jun – 30 Jun 11
£480 01 Sep – 23 Oct 11
£459 01 Nov – 07 Dec 11

London Orlando
£491 12 May – 31 May 11
£501 01 Jun – 30 Jun 11

Manchester Orlando
£503 12 May – 18 May 11
£503 01 Jun – 24 Jun 11

Glasgow Orlando
£795 25 Jun – 07 Aug 11
£614 20 Aug – 10 Sep 11

London Las Vegas
£599 27 Jun – 17 Jul 11

Manchester Las Vegas
£601 27 Jun – 17 Jul 11

London Los Angeles
£473 12 May – 31 May 11

London San Francisco
£478 12 May – 31 May 11

All flights subject to availablity

For more information and to book visit Virgin Atlantic

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Greek Strikes 11th May : Effect on Thomson Greece Flights

Major operators, Thomson Holidays and First Choice Holidays have made the following announcement regarding flights to and from Greece during the planned industrial action on 11 May 2011:

It seems that the only flights certain to be operating very late are to/from Rhodes, Kos and Kavala.

Official Announcement

Thomson Airways has been advised of industrial action taking place in Greece on Wednesday 11th May between 10:00 UK local time (12:00 Greek local time) and 14:00 UK local time (16:00 Greek local time).

During this strike, Thomson Airways’ main priority is to minimise disruption to customers. The airline’s flights to Greece not listed below are expected to depart on time and customers are advised to travel to their airport as normal. The flights listed below will be delayed approximately four to six hours and are subject to revised departure times.

Customers are advised they can check-in 3 hours prior to the revised departure time and should pack all essential items in their hand luggage.

Customers on holiday in Greece may experience some disruption to services whilst in resort and our overseas teams are working to minimise any inconvenience that maybe caused.

While the circumstances are outside of the airline’s control, it would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. Thomson Airways would like to reassure customers it is doing everything possible to minimise the disruption to their holidays.

All timings below are in Local time

All the flights listed below will be delayed approximately four to six hours and are subject to revised departure times.

Rhodes

TOM2332 Manchester to Rhodes Now due to depart at 1130

TOM2333 Rhodes to Manchester Now due to depart at 1840 (Greek local time)

TOM7322 Birmingham to Rhodes Now due to depart at 1130

TOM7323 Rhodes to Birmingham Now due to depart at 1835 (Greek local time)

TOM3300 Doncaster to Rhodes Now due to depart at 1130

TOM3301 Rhodes to Doncaster Now due to depart at 1830 (Greek local time)

All other flights to Rhodes will operate to their original schedule.

Kos

TOM4318 London Gatwick to Kos Now due to depart at 1130

TOM4319 Kos to London Gatwick Now due to depart at 1825 (Greek local time)

TOM2308 Manchester to Kos Now due to depart at 1130

TOM2309 Kos to Manchester Now due to depart at 1840 (Greek local time)

TOM3340 Doncaster to Kos Now due to depart at 1130

TOM3341 Kos to Doncaster Now due to depart at 1825 (Greek local time)

All other flights to Kos will operate to their original schedule.

Kavala

TOM4326 London Gatwick to Kavala Now due to depart at 1115

TOM4327 Kavala to London Gatwick Now due to depart at 1735 (Greek local time)

All other flights to Kavala will operate to their original schedule.

More information can be found at

Thomson.co.uk

First Choice

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Bournemouth Airport introduces £2.50 “Drop-off Charge”

Taxi firms are furious and say they will have to pass on a new £2.50 drop-off and pick-up charge at Bournemouth Airport to their customers.

At present, vehicles can park for free at the airport for up to 10 minutes before a £2.50 charge is applied for a stay of between 10 and 30 minutes.

But from 14 April all vehicles will be charged £2.50 for up to 30 minutes.

The airport has confirmed taxis would have to pay per visit as would friends and family for dropping off travellers at the terminal.

Rob Goldsmith, managing director of the airport, said most passengers left their cars at the airport while they were away, paying on-site parking charges “among the cheapest in southern England”.

He added: “However, we know that some people will be disappointed by this change and hope they will understand that this is a commercial decision brought about by the worldwide recession and the subsequent downturn in the aviation industry.”

A number of other airports across the UK have introduced a drop-off charge, including Edinburgh, Newcastle and East Midlands Airport.

Taxi drivers and airport customers have commented that they expect gridlock as people try to make drop-offs without entering the car parks.

One traveller at the terminal today expressed his concerns. “Another nail in the Bournemouth Airport coffin. Management should be trying to make the airport more attractive, not less. Very frustrating”

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The Flight-Traveller Top 10 of Package Holidays

The Flight-Traveller Team have just added our “Package Holiday Top 10″ providing fast links to ten of the most popular online package holiday companies.

If you’re looking for that perfect overseas holiday then try out this outstanding selection of reputable and, of course, ABTA protected operators.

Most of the “Top 10″ listed offer thousands of holidays so between them you should be able to find something perfect.

Keep checking back as their offers change daily. For example you’ll often find a discount code displayed on the home page of both Thomson and First Choice.

Nearly all the sites have a ‘holiday deals’ or ‘holiday offers’ page so keep an eye on those too for a great holiday deal.

Jet 2 offer some super deals from a small selection of local airports but for the largest choice of destinations and departure airports the leading Thomson, Thomas Cook, First Choice and Direct Holidays will take some beating.

Olympic holidays are great for Greece and Balkan Holidays specialise in Bulgaria, Croatia and the rest of the beautiful Balkans.

If you want to find something a little more up-market then check out Sovereign Holidays. Amazing!

The Flight-Traveller Team hope you find a wonderful holiday.

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Travel Magazine Discounts : Flight Tips and much more

Ok, so the team here at Flight Traveller are totally addicted to all things travel but one thing we do all enjoy reading is a good travel magazine.

We obviously have a great interest in Flying and Flights but are always keen to read about destinations and activities.

There’s a fantastic range of travel magazines published every month and we all look forward to them dropping on to our doorstep.

Reading a good travel magazine is actually quite an uplifting experience (especially when we see “Flights” mentioned!!)

Personal favourites of the Flight Traveller Team are:

Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Lonely Planet Magazine
Conde Nast Traveller Magazine
National Geographic Traveller Magazine

but we also enjoy

Cruise International Magazine

and for those that enjoy dreaming about owning property overseas there’s the excellent

A Place in the Sun Magazine.

These travel magazines are about so much more than just holiday destinations. This months Sunday Times Travel Magazine contains an excellent article …

“50 ways the get the perks and upgrades that you’re not entitled to” …… it contains very useful tips indeed!

So obviously being flying obsessed why not be broad-minded and subscribe to a travel mag or two.

Magazine Group are currently offering discounts of up to 74% off the cover price when you subscribe for 12 months.

That discount applies to both of our Flight Traveller Team favourites, the Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Conde Nast Traveller Magazine.

You can order online at Magazine Group (Travel)

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New! Flight, Holiday & Travel Resource

The Flight-Traveller team have been working hard over the past few weeks compiling a fantastic one-stop Flight travel resource.

This new content for the site isn’t limited to just Flight travel providers.

Along the top-bar menu there are now links to Hotel bookers, Holiday Operators, Flights, Cruises and Holiday Extras.

There’s also a section dedicated to UK based holidays because even those of us who travel overseas regularly still enjoy UK holidays and breaks. The UK has lots to offer and is very conveniently placed for the UK based traveller!

If you explore the listings you’ll be amazed at some of the fantastic holidays on offer. I’d personally never heard of some of the operators that we’ve listed but they all have amazing and often unique offerings. Work your way through them and you’ll hopefully be pleasantly surprised at what we’ve found and listed.

If you’re after a flight-based holiday package then stick to the holiday listings.

If you want to travel independently then we’ve listed some of the main hotel discounters. You can use these to find a great hotel deal if you’re flexible on the actual accomodation you stay at. Just enter your preferred resort with dates and these fantastic sites will search all available hotels for you and find the best deals.

If you have a favourite hotel group then we’ve linked to all the main hotel chains online booking facilities. Sometimes these have a lowest price guarantee or offer extra perks such as free papers or late check-outs. Often worth a look.

We hope you find this latestest addition to the Flight-Traveller website useful and will enjoy watching the resource grow as we add new providers on a regular basis.

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British Airways offering flights to Europe for £49

British Airways are offering a range of European destinations from only £49 each way.

They claim to offer “high value flying” rather than “low cost” alternatives and include drinks and a snack as part of their pricing package.

They also have some amazing deals on hotel+flight short breaks.

All offers and deals are fully bookable online.

British Airways

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New! Flight Traveller

Welcome to the new www.flight-traveller.co.uk

Dedicated to all things Flights and Flying.

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