Airport News

Flight treats becoming more popular

Thu, 27 Dec, 2007

Holidaymakers jetting off to favourite or fantasy locations like to treat themselves by shunning economy class seats, according to a leading airline.

While Christmas is a time for luxuries, people celebrating milestone life events like birthdays, weddings and anniversaries are more likely to splash out on business class or premium economy tickets, said Anna Knowles of Virgin Atlantic Airways.

"Christmas tends to be a time when many travel to see their friends and family around the world and on some occasions they will decide to treat themselves," she said.

She went on to suggest the airline's upper class cabin on the new Mauritius route is very popular with honeymooners.

Virgin Atlantic's cabin crew recently voted to stage two 48-hour strikes next month in a dispute about a pay offer.

The airline's services from London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport to the US, Caribbean, Asia and Australasia are likely to be badly disrupted.

Joe Evans

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