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Airline calamity!

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Airline calamity!

Just wondering if anyone else has been affected by the XL airline collapse - we lost our flights to Dalaman & may get refunded, but if its flights only its a grey area. However, they say if you paid by debit card which has a Visa logo on, there is hope of a refund on flights.

However, not to be beaten, we've re-booked with Easyjet at a horrendous cost of £800 (for 2 returns from Gatwick) This is double what we originally paid.

I know fuel increases have affected the airlines, but I'm sure some of them are cashing in on people's loss by hiking up the prices excessively, & I think its pretty despicable. Its a shame there dont seem to be Government controls on these prices.

I feel really sorry for people who cannot now go on holiday & hope it doesn't affect local businesses in Turkey too much.

I would be interested to hear views on this, & hear from anyone who has lost out due to the XL collapse.

Regards to all,

Dahne-Cool

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1. Re: Airline calamity!

It is a nasty thing. What I cannot understand is that there is no general solution made by some UK insurance company, charter company whatever.

We have guests who have to leave one week earlier now in order to be able to fly home in time.

The flight that took our guests to Dalaman was full, so more people have stranded, I think it is shameful that nothing is done collectively by UK travel agents.

We also loose several weeks on coming guests as well who cancelled now as, like you say, the other flight companies have put there prices up sky high, they smell a profit here.

The flight that took our guests to Dalaman was full, so more people have stranded, I think it is shameful that nothing is done collectively by UK travel agents.

I do hope for people looking forward for a sunny holiday after so much rain in the UK will still get a fair chance to go on their planned holidays!

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2. Re: Airline calamity!

Hi there, yes it is a nasty thing, but I dont think you can personally insure against a travel company collapsing - the insurance companies would have to pay out too much money. some people are able to have their holiday transferred, but I'm sure there will now be thousands who wont be able to afford to go now. Of course people who book with companies who are covered by ATOL or ABTA should get a refund, but that will take ages as there are many thousands affected by the XL collapse, so I reckon a lot of people will simply not have the ready cash to pay for the increased flight costs. The awful thing is that XL were accepting bookings & getting people's money in right up to the very last moment before bankruptcy was declared! When I re-booked with Easyjet last week, there were only 3 seats left on the flight, so we were lucky to get those.

They say that about 30 travel companies will go bust in the next 3 years, another Turkish airline specialist has gone bust, & late cheap deals are a thing of the past.

Anyway, we will be saving that much harder for our trip to Turkey next year - nothing is going to keep us away! If I could swim over I would!

Do you live in Kas, by the way? My fiance & I are coming over next Monday 22nd Sept. if you would like to meet up please let me know

Best wishes, Dahne-Cool

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