Monthly Archives: September 2015

23 Sep

Bid to reform term-time holiday rules

Family travel costs could be cut if existing term-time holiday bans for schoolchildren were scrapped, the Liberal Democrats have suggested. Under the plans, parents who wanted to travel abroad in term-time would be given a maximum of 10 days to keep their children off school in special situations. The party called the ban “socially divisive”,

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22 Sep

Travel spending hits record high

Holidaying Britons got through a record £3.4 billion worth of travel money in July, new official figures reveal. The provisional, seasonally adjusted total is the highest in a single month since such figures were first recorded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) more than eight years ago. It is also 20% up on the

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21 Sep

Millions ‘want to go on cruise holidays’

Millions of holidaymakers would like to get a taste of life on the ocean waves by going on a cruise, a new survey’s results suggest. One in four of those quizzed say they have already holidayed at sea, with another 40% saying they would like to go on a cruise. One in 10 of those

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18 Sep

Gatwick offers flight connection ‘guarantee’

Gatwick Airport has launched a service designed to protect travellers from ending up out of pocket if they miss a connecting flight. GatwickConnects, as it is called, allows passengers to book combinations of low-cost flights, protected against delays and cancellations, for a fee of £27.50. Budget and full-service combinations are expected to become available in

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17 Sep

Future retirees planning foreign holidays

Holidays abroad top the ‘bucket lists’ of future retirees, according to a new poll. Over six in 10 (62%) intend to spend their pension pots on a so-called “grey gap year”, allocating travel money for foreign jaunts and various holidays, Nest finds. The pension scheme’s survey suggests that the last thing on the minds of

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15 Sep

Holiday season fuels record airport figures

Holiday season has helped three of the UK’s leading airports to break their monthly passenger records, according to new figures. August saw an exodus of holidaymakers opting to travel abroad, with Manchester, Gatwick and Heathrow airports all gaining all-time high numbers. As many as 2.6 million passengers went through Manchester Airport in August, representing a

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15 Sep

Parents ‘only holiday hope for many’

Many young adults only get a holiday if they tag along with their parents, a new survey shows. Seven out of 10 of 25 to 34 year-olds have done this in 2015 because they cannot afford one themselves, Capital One’s poll of 1,000 adults finds. The credit card firm says that these “boomerang” tourists are

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11 Sep

Healthy Brits ‘opting for active holidays’

Over seven in 10 Britons (72%) would be happy to consider a healthy holiday, according to new research. But rather than travel abroad to find it, they are more likely to look at an active break in the UK than anywhere else, Flora ProActiv suggests. The survey of 2,000 people shows that Alpine skiing or

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10 Sep

Mayor raises questions over Heathrow plans

Travellers would be flying out of a new Thames estuary island airport rather than an extra Heathrow Airport runway, if Boris Johnson got his way. The London Mayor has sent a report to peers and MPs, in which he criticises the Airport Commission’s recommendation to expand Heathrow. Prioritising Heathrow came at the expense of a

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08 Sep

Book a bargain break in September

Summer may be over but you can still grab some September sun. ABTA expert Sean Tipton tells you how. He says hotels lower their prices as people return to work or school, so you can get more for your money, plus hotspots are less crowded, so there is no waiting in queues or scrambling for

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