Arriving hours early, extensive security checks, worrying about baggage allowances - and that's before we get to the cost of parking. Travelling by plane might have become cheaper and opened up a whole world of holiday possibilities, but it's not without its problems. So what if there was another way? Well, travelling by ferry may seem like a throwback to times gone by but this retro form of travel can save you a packet compared to flying – and be fun too. Travel planning platform Rome2rio reckons setting sail, rather than taking flight, can make your holiday funds go further. Travelling by boat can also be more environmentally friendly than air travel, with modern ferries featuring a power-save mode to reduce the amount of energy used. So we've taken a look at exactly what it would entail. How much you could save Mirror Money crunched the numbers and found a family of two adults and two children travelling from Southampton to St Peter Port, Guernsey for a week in September can … [Read more...] about How to get to your holiday destination without using a plane for £145.20 less
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Ryanair is charging for hand luggage now?Yes. From November 1, passengers who refuse to pay extra for “Priority” will only be permitted to travel with one small bag (35cm x 20cm x 20cm) free of charge (read about Ryanair's new baggage policy here). Currently, the airline allows all customers to travel with two items of hand luggage: one small bag and one large bag (no bigger than 55x40x20cm and no heavier than 10kg). However, if they are “Non-Priority”, the larger bag is taken at the gate and put in the hold free of charge. Once the changes come into effect, passengers will be faced with a decision. Travel with just a small bag; pay the Priority fee (which costs from €6 per person per flight at the time of booking or €8 during online check-in); or pay €8 per person per flight to check in their 10kg bag. The airline claims the changes are not about making money, but about speeding up the boarding process and reducing delays. It also insists that … [Read more...] about Ryanair: Are we witnessing the slow death of free hand luggage?
Manchester Airport is celebrating 80 years since it became a launchpad first to Amsterdam - and then the world. In the eight decades since, it’s become a vital hub connecting travellers from across the north of England and beyond for holidays, reunions and business trips. Here, we turn the pages of its history to show how the fate of Manchester Airport has always been interwoven with the lives of the city and its people. A world before Manchester Airport Manchester’s aviation history actually begins with a newspaper competition. On April 28 1910, Louis Paulhan landed his Farman biplane in a field in Burnage to win the £10,000 Daily Mail prize for becoming the first person to fly from London to Manchester. His daring deed set in motion a sequence of events that would lead to the creation of Manchester Airport as we know it today. Soon after, three airfields sprung up across the region. One alongside Ashburton Road in Trafford park was privately-owned and stayed open … [Read more...] about The remarkable story of Manchester Airport
It’s a photo finish between Virgin Atlantic and Eva Air as to who introduced premium economy to the world first. Eva, a Taiwanese carrier founded in 1989 launched its “evergreen” class on its Boeing 747s in late 1992, flying from Taipei to Los Angeles with passengers spread across four cabins for the first time. Evergreen sat ahead of economy but behind “super business”. On the other side of the world, Virgin Atlantic unveiled its Mid Class in April 1992, entering service in July. With a Victoria station check-in service for Gatwick flights, priority baggage handling, a hot towel service and “seat arm video units”, Virgin said its “revolutionary new product” was a response to businesses reviewing their travel contracts and downgrading its passengers from business to economy. In short, as business class cabins evolved (think lie-flat seats becoming the norm) and airlines felt a growing pressure to accommodate more and more paying … [Read more...] about The death of business class? The rise and rise of premium economy
Easyjet has been named the best-value short-haul airline in the UK, seven places ahead of British Airways. The ranking by flight comparison website Skyscanner was created by comparing the fares and associated costs of 20 of the most popular carriers that operate in the UK, including in-flight food and drink, seat reservations and luggage fees. Ryanair, the Irish carrier renowned for its low fares, boasted the lowest ticket costs of all the airlines, with an average fare of £90.67, but was priced out of the top 10 thanks to its "baggage charges and on-board catering costs", Skyscanner said. "It's important to note that if baggage charges and on-board catering aren't important to travellers then Ryanair might be the one for them," the flight comparison website said. Easyjet, however, shot to the top of the table with both the second cheapest average fare (£121.52) and cheaper additional charges. British Airways, the UK flag carrier, ranked in joint eighth … [Read more...] about Easyjet named best-value airline in UK