Rainbow Travel Blog 26May10

BA confirms May 30-June 4 flight schedules.


BRITISH Airways has confirmed its flight schedule for the next wave of cabin crew strikes, set to start on May 30.

Again, the airline plans to operate all flights to and from London City and London Gatwick.

Flights to and from Canada cancelled include:

May 26 -29 BA0099 London Heathrow (LHR)- Toronto (YYZ)
May 26 -28 BA0103 LHR-Calgary (YYC) (May 29 flight is now operating)
May 26 -27 BA0087 LHR/ Vancouver(YVR)
May 29 – BA0087 LHR/YVR

May 26 -29 BA0098 YYZ/LHR
May 26 -29 BA0102 YYC/LHR
May 26 –27, 29 BA0086 YVR/LHR
May 28 – BA0084 YVR/LHR

Please note that these schedules might change, customers are urged to refer to ba.com for the most recent updates.

Airlines add additional fees for summer travel


MAJOR US airlines have added “peak travel day” surcharges ranging from US$10 to US$30 per one-way domestic flight from June 10 to August 22.

Depending on the day — US$10 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; US$20 on Thursdays, Fridays Saturdays and Mondays and US$30 on Sundays — a family of four could end up paying a sky-high surcharge of $240 for round-trip airfare.

Among the five big airlines — American, Continental, Delta, United and US Airways — the only day that is not subject to the surcharge between June 10 and August 22 is July 4, which is regarded as a very light travel day for airlines.

Airlines prefer to use surcharges rather than raise prices outright because surcharges specifically target high-demand days and are less expensive to track.

Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways are not joining the major airlines and will not have surcharges on any flights.

Jamaica update: clashes claim more lives.


CLASHES between civilians and police forces on the streets of Tivoli Gardens have left 30 people dead and 25 injured.

Flights in and out of Jamaica’s Norman Manley Airport were also disrupted with some airlines continuing to reschedule or cancel flights.

The airport was also forced to close for a few hours yesterday when the roads to the airport was blocked by civilians and police but has since opened.

Meanwhile life in areas such as Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Negril and other resort areas remains undisturbed.

The government is working to resolve the situation but travellers are advised against all but essential travel to Kingston.

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