News Archives - Air Travel

Level playing field for rail travel urgently needed

You may already know that airlines pay no tax on jet fuel and fuel duty for cars has remained unchanged since 2011, incentivising people against changing environmentally damaging travel habits. What you may not know is that at a time when we are rolling out more electric and electro-diesel ‘bi-mode’ trains, the levies that train companies pay on electricity have…

Flying playgrounds to keep kids quiet on long flights

If you have ever endured a long flight plagued by children (your own or other people’s), you may be interested to learn that Airbus is planning to transform some of its aircraft’s cargo holds into play areas for children. A modular system will allow the aircraft manufacturer to transform some of the lower-deck cargo space on its aircraft into sleeping…

Monarch airlines and travel insurance claims: Lessons to learn

Many of the thousands of travellers stranded following the collapse of Monarch have faced unnecessary worry over doubts their travel insurance would cover airline collapse. Travel insurance from the ETA includes up to £1,500 cover in the event of insolvency of the scheduled airline, hotel, train operator including Eurostar, car ferries and villas abroad In the event of insolvency after…

Why do we subsidise air travel for the wealthy?

It’s an inconvenient truth that most of us choose to forget; it is our own behaviour that is responsible for carbon emissions and the resulting change in our climate. After all, while we might be aware that driving a car and having children are both significant sources of pollution, we consider both to be a right.  In the absence of a…

Do you match the mode of travel to your trip?

How flexible are you about how you travel? What mode of transport would you choose for a trip to the local shops? The commute to work? A holiday in France? An expedition to Senegal? The appetite for large 4×4 cars is as keen as ever. However, while these cars are sold on the promise of adventure, how often do they…