Holidaymakers may suffer from route cuts
26 January 2009 09:58
Choices in the number of flight routes that a traveller can choose from when seeking a holiday could be cut, according to the Air Transport Users Council.
James Fremantle, industry affairs manager for the firm, believes that tough times may be ahead for airlines because of the recent hikes in fuel costs and because of this they may be forced to cut schedules as a way of saving money.
He added that this will be a disappointment for passengers because the extra choices they have had in recent years have had a huge benefit on their holiday activity.
However he feels that enthusiastic holidaymakers may benefit from the increased costs imposed on airlines, depending on how the carriers react.
Mr Fremantle stated "They could cut fares to fill the aircraft or increase fares to recoup their costs."
If airlines choose the first of these then annual travellers who have their own holiday homes abroad could benefit the most from cheaper flight costs.
Annual travellers should make sure they take out an annual travel insurance policy to cover them against any loss or damage.
American Airlines have been the first to announce changes to their policy because of the rises in costs and now charge passengers £7.50 to check-in their first bag.