Last updated: 7 May 2010
BA strikes to return?
Cabin crew at British Airways have voted to reject the offer on the table from the airline that resulted from recent negotiations with their union Unite.
Crew have been in dispute since last year and passengers endured two strike periods in March of 2010, many having their travel plans affected. They have now said no to a deal by over 80% on a turnout of over 70% of union members. The next steps are for the union to decide on what action now to take, which may led to further strikes, something that passengers will not be looking forward to, coming hot on the heals of disruption due to Icelandic volcanoes, snow causing airport closures and the recent strikes.
We will update all passengers with the situation and their rights as soon as any announcement is made.
Thailand travel advice
Travel remains a problem to Thailand, although the FCO downgraded their travel warnings this last week. However trips to Bangkok remain a no go under the official advice and travellers should remain cautious in travelling around the entire country. See our update for full information and links to the FCO website.
Greece travel advice
With issues around the Greek economy and the resulting problems for the Euro, the streets of Athens and other cities have seen demonstrations against the plans to address the economy. The FCO have issued advice to travellers, especially to Athens and to all destinations wherever there are large gatherings and protests. Travel to the popular Greek island holiday destinations should be safe; however caution is wise for all. For the latest advice please see the FCO website for more details.
Ash is back
Many travellers will have continued to have their travel plans affected by the return of air space closures as a result of the volcanic ash cloud which continues to be emitted from Iceland. With flights being delayed, diverted and cancelled, it is wise to be aware of your rights in the situation and to keep checking with your airline prior to travelling to the airport that your flights are operating as normal. Read our advice here.
Florida beaches to be hit by oil?
The ongoing problems with the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico are beginning to worry tourism chiefs in Florida. There is a possibility that currents could drive the oil towards the western beaches of the sunshine state and even around the Florida straits towards Miami. Attempts to control the oil leak carry on and the weather will play a huge part is seeing whether holidaymakers will begin to be affected. Watch this space.
The proposal leads to marriage
Following our news item a few weeks ago around consolidation in the US airline industry, Continental and United have agreed a merger of their operations. This will see the creation of one the world's biggest carrier and will bring the United brand to many UK airports where Continental currently operates services to New York. The Continental name will go but the familiar livery across the UK will remain in place as the plans go ahead. Whist there will be cost cutting and cost savings from the merger, there is concern they will also cut capacity which could lead to price rises, so watch this space. US Airways who had been talking to United are now left vulnerable in the US and we can expect to see further consolidation announcements in coming months as airlines fight to get back into profit.
Thomas Cook reps cleared
The sad case of the two British children, who died as a result of gas leaking from a faulty boiler in October 2006, finally reached a verdict in a Corfu court this week. The two British reps from tour operator Thomas Cook, were cleared of manslaughter, however employees of the hotel received sentences of up to seven years for the deaths. The case has resulted in calls for clearer legislation from the EU for safety at hotels and accommodation which are set to be discussed in coming months.