Andy Burnham claims Manchester-Jamaica flights cheaper than train to London

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The mayor of Better Manchester, Andy Burnham, has triggered a livid response from supporters of the rail trade after posting a tweet evaluating the top-price ticket from Manchester to London with a variety of long-haul air fares.

He tweeted: “Return tickets from Manchester:

  • India: £343
  • Jamaica: £345
  • Brazil: £325
  • Ivory Coast: £319
  • London (rail): £369”

The best Anytime return fare on Avanti West Coast between the 2 cities is £369.40, and applies throughout morning peak hours, in addition to afternoon peak hours from London, from Monday to Thursday. At different instances the Off-peak fare of £98.10 covers the journey.

Some folks responded to Mr Burnham with assertions of even greater fares. Helen (@hjmac41) tweeted: “Paid £450 on the weekend and there was standing room solely.”

The dates for which the air fares quoted by the mayor have been obtained are unclear. Not like the rail ticket, they aren’t fully versatile and don’t enable limitless stopovers.

The Impartial has requested Mr Burnham for extra particulars. In the meantime we’ve got priced the most affordable flights to the chosen nations, along with the most costly Advance rail tickets for Monday 25 April..

The bottom one-stop return fares from Manchester are:

  • India: Mumbai through Abu Dhabi £607
  • Jamaica: Montego Bay through Atlanta £1,080
  • Brazil: Rio through Lisbon: £1,599
  • Ivory Coast: Abidjan through Brussels: £901
  • London: £334, although railcard holders would pay £220

Mark Smith, the worldwide rail journey guru often called The Man In Seat 61, stated: “Sigh. The standard story.  They’re all low-cost limited-availability advance-purchase fares besides the rail one which is after all the absolutely versatile and refundable, limitless availability good-for-any-train enterprise fare for enterprise folks for when the corporate is paying.”

One other Twitter consumer responded to Mr Burnham saying: “PM and authorities are utilizing deceptive statements virtually every single day, the mayor ought to do higher.”

A less expensive, absolutely versatile, walk-up fare is accessible always for people who find themselves ready to vary trains in Crewe and mix an Avanti West Coast prepare with a slower London Northwestern service. The best doable fare is £155.

The Impartial has requested responses from the Division for Transport (DfT), which units many ticket costs, and the Rail Supply Group, representing prepare operators.

British Airways’ most cost-effective return fare from Manchester to London Heathrow on Monday is £398, hand baggage solely.

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