EU plan envisages end to cheap flights to southern Europe

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    • #56170
      peterhun
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      I suspect The Torygraph is missing some part of the plan behind this, as part of a very long term strategy this maybe practical.

      The European Commission on Monday unveiled a “single European transport area” aimed at enforcing “a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers” by 2050.

      The plan also envisages an end to cheap holiday flights from Britain to southern Europe with a target that over 50 per cent of all journeys above 186 miles should be by rail.

      Top of the EU’s list to cut climate change emissions is a target of “zero” for the number of petrol and diesel-driven cars and lorries in the EU’s future cities.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/8411336/EU-to-ban-cars-from-cities-by-2050.html

    • #103637
      Anonymous
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      Has he taken a train journey in UK & had applied for a mortgage before hand to purchase the ticket.

    • #103638
      Anonymous
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      As a family of 4 it is already cheaper to drive to spain than it is to fly for summer holidays

    • #103676
      logan
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      I believe this is the future and so as an example do Brittany Ferries. They have just opened a new sea route from Bilbao to Portsmouth due to substantially increased demand for sea crossings to Spain. Their new generation of ships makes travelling this way a pleasure.
      As passenger cars become more economical it makes financial sense for families to drive to Spain by car. A mini cruise and no car hire costs, good roads relatively uncongested and toll free.
      Cheap airlines have made air travel a truly awful experience, hidden costs, hassle and delays.

    • #103677
      Anonymous
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      @dartboy wrote:

      As a family of 4 it is already cheaper to drive to spain than it is to fly for summer holidays

      Might that stimulate demand for more Northern parts of Spain? Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia. All lovely parts of Spain with great weather in the summer.

    • #103679
      angie
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      Northern Spain is very easy to access by road/ferry, IMO it’s also much prettier than the overbuilt southern Costas. If air fares rise as predicted then the North should benefit as will the South of France, Northern Italy again.

    • #103680
      Anonymous
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      Northern Spain is lovely, rugged, green etc. The well heeled Spaniards tradiionally went there for their holidays & probebly still do. The only issue is the short summer. Outside July/August, you need luck on your side.

    • #103681
      ozmunky
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      The cheapest flights I could find to fly to Malaga (EasyJet Thurs night to Mon night) from London are £460-£500 per person over the Easter Break !!!!

      Good luck with all that.

      Going to Jersey instead excellent beaches, restaurants and way cheaper than Spain for the 4 days.

      If this continues like that over the summer, Spain is in deep do-do ….

      — Munky

    • #103684
      Anonymous
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      @ozmunky wrote:

      The cheapest flights I could find to fly to Malaga (EasyJet Thurs night to Mon night) from London are £460-£500 per person over the Easter Break !!!!

      Good luck with all that.

      Going to Jersey instead excellent beaches, restaurants and way cheaper than Spain for the 4 days.

      If this continues like that over the summer, Spain is in deep do-do ….

      — Munky

      Don’t know where you have found that price, I have just checked on easy jet site for the same dates and it has come up with the following prices:

      http://www.easyjet.com/EN/Booking.mvc

      And I have checked the prices on the site in high season, August and the prices are no where near that price!

    • #103685
      Anonymous
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      @shakeel wrote:

      Northern Spain is lovely, rugged, green etc. The well heeled Spaniards tradiionally went there for their holidays & probebly still do. The only issue is the short summer. Outside July/August, you need luck on your side.

      The weather along the Barcelona, tarragona, etc, coast has fantastic weather from May to end of October, and even earlier than May most of the time, and june, july, august, september is also unbearable heat, so the months prior or after those is just perfect summer weather, so the summers are no way near as short as 2 months! I love that area of Spain, beautiful beaches, not half as cluttered as south of Spain.
      I imagine in somewhere like Galicia the summer is a short as only 2 months but certainly not along the north east of Spain.

    • #103686
      Anonymous
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      Jonas. To me North of Spain is Pais Basque (San Sebastian),Cantabria, Asturias & Galicia. A visit to Santilla del mar ( Cantabria ) is a must while staying at the Parador

    • #103687
      Anonymous
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      @shakeel wrote:

      Jonas. To me North of Spain is Pais Basque (San Sebastian),Cantabria, Asturias & Galicia. A visit to Santilla del mar ( Cantabria ) is a must while staying at the Parador

      Sorry, it is just that Mark mentioned Catalonia on his post so I assumed you were including that area. The summer is definetely shorter in the north of spain, but Catalonia is within not far reach and the summers are scorching hot.
      I have done the Portsmouth to Bilbao a few times and even the Plymouth to Bilbao and then driven down to Catalonia which is around a 5 to 6 hour drive depending which part of Catalonia you want to visit, and I must say it’s well worth it, still quite green also and not as desert looking as some parts of Spain can be in the summer. Great golf courses and rivers also. To be honest, I can’t understand why the Brits all head south of Spain, don’t know what their missing!

    • #103688
      Anonymous
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      @jonas wrote:

      @shakeel wrote:

      Jonas. To me North of Spain is Pais Basque (San Sebastian),Cantabria, Asturias & Galicia. A visit to Santilla del mar ( Cantabria ) is a must while staying at the Parador

      Sorry, it is just that Mark mentioned Catalonia on his post so I assumed you were including that area. The summer is definetely shorter in the north of spain, but Catalonia is within not far reach and the summers are scorching hot.
      I have done the Portsmouth to Bilbao a few times and even the Plymouth to Bilbao and then driven down to Catalonia which is around a 5 to 6 hour drive depending which part of Catalonia you want to visit, and I must say it’s well worth it, still quite green also and not as desert looking as some parts of Spain can be in the summer. Great golf courses and rivers also. To be honest, I can’t understand why the Brits all head south of Spain, don’t know what their missing!

      Sorry I meant Plymouth to Santander.

    • #103689
      Anonymous
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      Jonas, Its kind of you but you did not have to apologise. It only proves that with best intention & sincerety people can be on a differernt levels.

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