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TALLY HO! RECORD 762% HOLIDAY FLIGHT SPOT PRICE INCREASES TO BE APPLIED THIS WEEKEND....


 
 
 
Julian Bray Aviation Security Expert writes: It was a bit rich of the High street travel agents lobby association 'suit' on ITVs' Good Morning Breakfast Telly programme - aka ABTA,  to try and defend an astonishing widespread hike in holiday air fares by suggesting customers and families should stagger their holidays and travel at other cheaper times, the concept of customer care just flies out of the window...  
 
This year, Saturday, February 13, marks a double hit for flight price hikes as it coincides with the start of half-term holidays and Valentine's Day. The scramble for available air seats has soared creating some huge peak season price rises. Families are being presented with tickets priced at up to eight times more expensive than normal scheduled flights.
 
Parents who play by the rules and only take holidays during the official half-term in February - particularly those on a skiing break - could easily add up to hundreds of pounds. 
 
You could call it a perfect storm as governments have taken an increasingly tough line on parents who take their children out of school during term time, with  fixed penalty fines of £60 per child, rising to a £2,500 award if the case goes to court.
 
Simply families are at the mercy of airlines, travel companies and even British holiday parks who hike prices as soon as the schools break up.

A study of the cost of return flights to seventy-five holiday destinations from twelve  UK regions revealed the average flight price increases by nearly two hundred per cent compared with those departing two weeks later.
 
The biggest change was found at Manchester Airport where a flight to Verona, Italy, clocked in at seven hundred and sixty two per cent more expensive departing on February 13 compared to February 27 - taking the price up from £55 per person to £474.

The second biggest school holiday mark-up was found to be flying from London to the popular skiing destination of Salzburg, Austria, costing 739 per cent more. The return flight for half-term is priced at £470 per person but just two weeks later, it drops back down to just £56.

Meanwhile, those flying from London to Grenoble in France face a 609 per cent mark-up, with prices on February 13 standing at £326 per person, and at just £46 per person two weeks later.
 
It's not just those in the capital who face higher air fares though. Those living in the Midlands also face an increase to flights of more than 200 per cent.
 
Flights from Birmingham to Geneva in Switzerland cost around 576 per cent more during half-term compared to other times of the month. On February 13, flights to the Swiss resort cost £399 per person, but just two weeks later on February 27, they cost just £59 per person.

Holidaymakers flying from London will be the worst off this half term, paying an average of 272 per cent more for their flights, followed by Nottingham (East Midlands) at 266 per cent and Leeds at 253 per cent.

At the other end of the scale, holidaymakers in Glasgow are less likely to be ripped off, but still face average price increases of 131 per cent more for half-term flights, followed by Newcastle and Edinburgh where flight costs are increased by 146 per cent.
 
And don't think its any cheaper to cruise or take a ferry. Those tickets also magically increase!

Source: Daily Mail, BBC, CNS, CapitalFX
 


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