Junkflights start tomorrow!

February 9, 2008 at 11:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The New York Times alerts us to another aspect of the tourist industry’s charm, fulfilling the needs of the kind of travellers we could well do without:

With the continued weakness of the dollar abroad, budget travelers are pinching pennies now more than ever …

and yet, lo! and behold! Farecast is making it even easier for penny-pinching budget travellers to head in our direction.

Starting tomorrow, Farecast.com will provide the same service for international flights, including 87 European destinations like London Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle in Paris, as well as 108 Mexican and Caribbean and 70 Canadian destinations.

Heathrow expansion is claimed to be founded on reliable projections of business travel needs, not aviation industry wishes. Meanwhile, it is clear the industry is desperately tempting cheap holidaymakers through an overcrowded airspace to justify the passenger trends they are promoting. Why? Is this, perhaps, so visitors can browse in Heathrow’s biggest shopping centre, ruining the atmosphere for the sake of window shopping. (Americans on tight budgets won’t be able to afford anything here, anyway! That’s why Brits head to New York for weekend bargains.) Or is it because capital expenditure (e.g. for massive construction projects that BAA specialises in) is crucial to Government coffers when consumers are tightening their personal purse strings?

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