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Channel Tunnel Fire May Aid British Airways and easyJet

Posted September 23, 2008 by BookingBuddy

Eurostar Things haven’t been looking good for most airlines recently. Rising fuel prices, falling passenger numbers and the possibility of a recession have all been factors in making airline CEOs look a little more down in the mouth these days.

Ironically, it's taken a near-tragedy to turn things around. I'm speaking, of course, about the recent Channel Tunnel fire.

While the fire has been bad news for Eurostar and anyone hoping to avoid excessive add-on fees, excruciating check-ins and embarrassing security searches, it has been a boon to those in the airline industry. That is, if the airline happens to fly to Paris or Brussels.

Eurostar services have been cut by up to 40 per cent, which gives airlines that make the London-Paris hop the chance to cash in. Tickets are said to be going for around £600. This relatively short (212km) journey across the Channel probably works out to be one of the most expensive airfares in the world right now.

Of course, even if you can spare the cash, you’re not necessarily guaranteed a ticket. British Airways only have a few seats left, even if you’re prepared to pay full price. If you’re a cheapskate and want to go cattle class, you can probably forget about flying to Paris anytime soon. Even budget airline easyJet isn’t so low-cost right now, with tickets going for around £400.

Don’t have the cash to splash? Well, either wait a few more months for reconstruction work in the Tunnel to be completed, or take the ferry across. Just remember to take those seasickness pills along. Alternatively, you could be a show-off and try to break some records by swimming across the Channel.

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