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Did you know…

Thinking about exploring the USA?  Well did you know that there are 10 US States that are bigger than the UK (excluding water)!

Here they are in reverse order:

Oregon                                                         2% bigger

Wyoming                                                      3% bigger

Colorado                                                      10% bigger

Nevada                                                         17% bigger

Arizona                                                         21% bigger

New Mexico                                                 29% bigger

Montana                                                      55% bigger

California                                                      66% bigger

Texas is a whopping …                               178% bigger

But Alaska tops the lot coming in at a staggering 507% bigger!

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UK Budget Airlines Cabin Baggage Policy

Budget airlines are a great way to travel “light”. However the restrictions are very tight with regards to the luggage they allow you to take into the aircraft cabin.  Be warned – if you go over the limits stipulated at the time of booking the airlines will make charges or place your bags in the hold.

So before booking your budget flight have in mind how much luggage you are going to take. This will determine the best fare option for you (which may not necessarily be the cheapest option!)

Here is a quick overview of current baggage restrictions for those passengers travelling on the lowest (basic) fare levels. Please note these do change so always double check at time of booking.

Easyjet

One bag measuring a maximum of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm with no weight limit.

Flybe

One bag measuring a maximum of 55cm x 35cm x 20cm with a weight limit of 10kg. You are also permitted to take one additional small handbag/laptop with you but the total weight of both your bags must not exceed 10kg.

Norwegian

One bag measuring a maximum of 55cm x 40cm x 23cm and weighing no more than 10kg (8kg to/from Dubai) plus a smaller bag measuring a maximum of 25cm x 22cm x 20cm. Total weight of all bags must not exceed 10kg (8kg to/from Dubai).

Ryan Air

No suitcase allowed in the cabin on the basic fare level. You are allowed to take a small hand bag in the cabin providing the overall size is no bigger than 35cm x 20cm x 20cm.  There is currently no weight limit for this bag.

TUI

One bag measuring a maximum of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm with a maximum weight of 5kg. TUI package customer’s maximum weight is 7kg.

Jet2

One bag measuring a maximum of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm plus a small bag or laptop or duty free item.

Wizz Air

One bag measuring a maximum of 40cm x 30cm x 18cm.

WOW

One bag measuring a maximum of 42cm x 32cm x 25cm and weighing a maximum 10kg. You can purchase an additional bag that can be taken into the cabin with maximum dimensions of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm and weighing no more than 12kg. (Cost depends on the route).

We hope you find this guide handy and don’t forget we at Avocet Travel Management are able to book budget Airlines as well as first class round the world trips.

UK Tours

Here at Avocet Travel Management we have been adding to our portfolio of travel related products.

Using the best of British guides, chauffeur drive companies and hotels we are in a unique position to offer VIP tours of our beautiful country.

From sightseeing in London to village tours.  We really do offer the best of British.

Are you planning a trip to Britain and do you want to see the real off the beaten track sights?  Are you wanting a VIP tour of the UK?  Then contact Avocet Travel Management for more details.

School Holidays – something for nothing

Kids are out of school and the sun is shining.  We hear the cry of “I’m Bored” all too often.  Why not take them to the RAF Museum in Hendon, North London.

Newly revamped this interactive museum offers three new immersive galleries, test their flying skills, sit inside a cockpit and learn about 100 years of the Royal Air Force.  The cost…NOTHING!!

Why not make it a few days and visit Central London, or if that’s just too hot take them down to Brighton for the day (just 1 hour from London on air conditioned trains)   Sit on the beach and a paddle in the sea is a real must!

Ask us for rail tickets, hotel accommodation and attraction passes, UK and Worldwide.

New team member

We are pleased to welcome our new Business Development Executive Tumpale Phiri to the Avocet Travel Management team.

Tumpale is already doing a great job boosting sales through her leads.

If you are interested in experiencing the Avocet Travel Management service then why not contact Tumpale on 01737 763421.

Ascot Races

Did you know that just 5% on British people have been horse racing.  So that’s a staggering 95% of the population that have not!

Horse racing is not just about the gambling, its actually a social day out and believe it or not it need not be an expensive one.  Bring your own picnic and sit on the lawns is the most economic way.  But of course should you want something special then we would suggest going for an hospitality package.

Ascots premium products include The On 5 restaurant.  You own private restaurant with unparalleled views of the whole course.  You will be introduced to some jockeys, are invited to the weigh room, get to stand on the winners podium and have a 3 course fine dinning experience.

Avocet Travel Management association with Ascot has enabled us to negotiate some special rates at this prestigious venue so why not contact us for more information

Groups, meetings and events

Scapa Flow on the Orkney Islands

Its been a hectic summer at Avocet Travel Management.  Three substantial groups have gone out all within days of each other keeping us all busy.

The first was a small bespoke group wishing to see George Stephenson’s locomotive the “Rocket” plus other bits and pieces of railway interest.  So beginning of August it was off to  York and the National Railway Museum, followed by a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Whitby.

Then travelling to London and on to the Science Museum with a tour of London and a day trip to the Sussex countryside and a visit to the Bluebell Railway.

Then we had a group of 30 Singaporeans visiting the UK.  All they wanted to do was to go around Britain and see as much as they can so we embarked on a tour taking in Guernsey, Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Orkney Islands, Inverness, Edinburgh, Le Havre (I know its not the UK!) and London  before returning to the office for a day.  It was then off to Swindon for a meeting we had set up for 12 business people including an afternoon of sailing and pottery!

All in all a great August so thank you everyone for booking your groups through Avocet Travel Management.

 

USA check-in times (from 18th July 2017)

The US Department of Homeland Security now requires airlines to implement additional security checks for flight operating into and over their airspace.

There will now be enhanced screening for those carrying large electronic devises.

In view of this the time taken to pass through security is expected to substantially increase and the airlines are recommending a 3 hour check in time for these flights.

Gatwick Airport terminal swap

Easyjet consolidates its operation to the North Terminal Gatwick

This Wednesday (25th January 2017) sees the final major changes to the terminals at Gatwick.

British Airways are moving all their operations to the South Terminal with Virgin Atlantic moving to the North.  Leaving Easyjet (which currently operates from both terminals) to consolidate its operation around the North terminal.

 

Deltic Preservation Society 40th Anniversary Event

2017 is the 40th Anniversary of the foundation of the Deltic Preservation Society (which Avocet Travel Management sponsor).  In conjunction with the National Railway Museum/KOYLI Group, Beaver Sports and our hosts the Bluebell Railway we would like to announce a special event at the Bluebell Railway on Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October 2017.

D9009 seen after its Avocet Travel Management sponsored repaint.

The event will feature 4 working Deltics, D9002, D9009, 55019 and 55022 and we are working on a surprise visitor and will be a DELTIC only event.  We are at the early planning stages at the moment but some of the ideas we are following include at least one dining train on the Bluebell and if possible another on the main railway network organised by Avocet Travel Management, anybody who would like to express an interest in this would they please contact Neil at enquiries@avocettm.co.uk . Jason Cross at the East Midlands Photographic Society has been asked to organise an event on the Friday evening.

Please watch the five parties relevent webistes for further updates.

Mike Hallum-Rudd

DPS Director