Roseanne - what has travel insurance got to do with this thread!?
Barbara & Bernie - "We agree with you, Travel Agents make the prices up as they go along anyway".
Please don't confuse travel agents with tour operators!! We travel agents have nothing whatsoever to do with setting the prices - we just buy what the tour operators are offering at the price they are selling it to us at!
Re Airtours and Thomas Cook, it still has to go to the monopolies and Mergers Committee in Brussels but I expect this one will go through even though they will end up with a 52% market share. There is unlikely to be an impact on Corfu this summer but it inevitably meams less flights next year, or, more importantly, less flight-only seats on offer.
They were within a spit of doing the same deal with First Choice and their package holiday business is still up for sale so there is going to be a lot of consolidation in the market over the next 12 months, not all of it good for Corfu, I think.