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why pick up so early?

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why pick up so early?

hi,we had 2 holidays to greece this year both with direct holidays.one in kalamaki which is 6 mins in a cab to the airport and the other to in ixia rhodes which is 15 mins to the airport.so why did they want to pick us up over 4 hours b4 our flight time? i know there other pick ups along the way,but when we looked at other companies pick up times they only needed 2 and a half hours.so on both occasions we have got a taxi and had another 2 hours by the pool.we were not the only ones to do this, especially families with young kids.if you have ever been to zante airport you know you dont want to be there any longer than need be.looks like we will do our own transfers in future or book with some one else.sorry if it sounds like a moaner but it realy peed us both off,bye for now.

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1. Re: why pick up so early?

It's not just Direct Holidays/My Travel that do this, we had a similar experience with Libra in May. The problem is that tour ops will often combine two or more flights to fill a coach and if you're the last flight on that coach to depart you're the ones left hanging around the airport! I understand you getting a taxi, makes sense to take things at your own pace when you're so close to the airport.

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2. Re: why pick up so early?

agrree that they pick you up too soon, last three years we have been to rhodes, and just walked out of the airport and asked for a taxi, very reasonable rates nice drivers and a good service, on return,just asked the hotel to get us a taxi,

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3. Re: why pick up so early?

The reason is simple, its their convenience, not yours, they are thinking of.

It would be a lot of hassle to arrange separately timed xfers for all their customers so its far easier to get all the sheep I mean customers on the coach and in the airport asap so they can get shot of you as soon as possible, leaving time for a ciggie break before the next flock turn up.

As you say, DIY and then you can arrange what you want, when you want.

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4. Re: why pick up so early?

We were picked up 2 hours before our flight from Rhodes to UK.We were staying in Ixia and to be honest we were only in departure lounge 10 mins before we boarded our flight. The queues in airport to check in and security were horendous!!

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