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Christmas air fares soar as airlines charge thousands for flights

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Airways are cashing in on sturdy demand for Christmas and New Yr escapes, elevating costs to effectively above standard ranges.

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Between London Heathrow and Barbados, the most affordable British Airways flight on Wednesday 22 December with a return two weeks later is at the moment priced at £2,001 – with cabin baggage solely on the outbound flight.

Virgin Atlantic has flights on the identical route for £1,374 on the identical dates, with a most of 10kg of cabin baggage.

To Cape City – the most well-liked vacation spot in South Africa, which was on the UK’s “pink listing” for nearly a yr – financial system and premium financial system seats are unavailable on BA flights for return journeys on New Yr’s Day and a pair of January.

With an outbound flight on Saturday 18 December and a business-class return on 1 January, British Airways has one seat remaining at a lowest return fare on both of the 2 every day departures of £4,800.

US carriers are commanding extraordinarily excessive fares throughout the Atlantic. The Impartial checked out flights departing from the UK on Sunday 19 December, returning on 2 January.

The bottom fare on American Airways between Heathrow and Miami is £2,653.

Delta’s most cost-effective Heathrow-New York JFK return on these dates is £2,320. Passengers travelling out on Christmas Day, returning on New Yr’s Eve, can get a fare of simply £467.

On its nonstop flights between Heathrow and San Francisco, United has one seat left at a fare of £1,471 return. Precisely a month later, the identical journey prices as little as £399.

Nearer to dwelling, easyJet’s Christmas Eve flight from Manchester to Tenerife, returning on 5 January, is at the moment promoting at £758 return – excluding baggage.

For a brief break over Christmas to the Canaries, Ryanair has a Birmingham-Gran Canaria return for £110, travelling out on 24 December and again three days later.

On Jet2 from Leeds Bradford to Faro in Portugal, the outbound journey on 23 December is £136, however the most cost-effective of three return flights on 2, 3 or 4 January is £290.

Outbound flights on the route on these dates can be found at a flat £29.

Ski flights are in demand too. On 22 December, enterprise class is offered out on one of many three British Airways departures from Heathrow to Geneva, the primary airport for the French Alps. For a flight out on that date, returning on 3 January, the bottom fare with hand baggage solely is £640.

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