Have just found out there are definately going to be a few charter Christmas flights this year. The travel firm is just working out the prices at the moment, so thats good news for all of us who want to return to uk or have our family come out to Corfu to stay.
Message posted by Trace (Profile Location Assistant) on 25 September 2007 at 11:17am - IP Logged
I"m hopefully flying to Corfu early in December via Athens for a week. This will be on Swissair from Birmingham with a quick stop in Geneva or Zurich, and that comes to £130(not bad)... then an Aegean Airways flight through to Corfu for about £50....
Bet the rates leap up bigtime in the days before Xmas!!!
Message posted by ocay on 06 October 2007 at 6:55pm - IP Logged
Yes, have heard today, 6th October, that there will be at least one Christmas charter, but that details are still being sorted. Unless they get a move on people will be looking elsewhere - as happened last year when all our ten visitors booked via Athens.
Message posted by sueandchris on 07 October 2007 at 12:50pm - IP Logged
Hi all I rang allways travel last Friday the Charter Xmas flight (1 only) will be flying 18th Dec returning 7th Jan ( or could be 5,6,7th) unfortunately this is too early for me as I need to spend Xmas first in the UK.
Can anybody advise on Ferries from Igounemitsa to Corfu on the 28th Dec retuning on the 5th Jan. I am having to revert to plan B and fly to Athens . e will save £200 by driving up and hiring the car. I have checked with Europa car and they say we can take the car across to Corfu though it will not be insured on the ferry. The cost of the car is about £138 which we thought was not bad
I have checked websites but nothing doing I cant find anything
Message posted by ocay on 07 October 2007 at 12:57pm - IP Logged
Hello Sue and Chris,
Ferries cross between Igoumenitsa and Corfu every day of the year although the service is reduced on major holidays.
You will not need to swim!
Message posted by sueandchris on 07 October 2007 at 1:03pm - IP Logged
Thanks a lot I can book now and forget it until Dec sorry again abou the rain!! We did have a lovely Sept though we normally get a few storms but did not get any this year.
Message posted by sueandchris on 10 October 2007 at 8:47pm - IP Logged
Anybody who wants to know details of flying to Athens from up North there is a flight to Athens from Humberside on the 27th Dec and returns 6th Jan £477 for two return. It does stop for approx 45 mins and change over in Amsterdam.
Message posted by MCH on 05 November 2007 at 9:42pm - IP Logged
Message posted by Sparklymark on 06 November 2007 at 2:30pm - IP Logged
Has anybody consifered flying to Venice, Brindisi or Bari and catching a ferry from there straight to Corfu? Check out www.skyscanner.net for your local airport regarding Venice and Brindisi or Bari can be reached via Ryanair at Stanstead.
Message posted by Bill on 06 November 2007 at 3:37pm - IP Logged
However, ferries during the winter months from most Italian ports, apart from Venice which does have a direct route, go via Igoumenitsa then change for the local ferry. Also there are no ferries from Brindisi to Igoumenitsa after 17th December.
Message posted by sueandchris on 06 November 2007 at 8:31pm - IP Logged
We have flown Blackpool to Stanstead to Brindisi then the ferry all flights for two people return cost us a total of £140, there were ferries but this was easter time because I remember giving up the flights home and getting a direct flight back to Manchester. The Ferry did not go often so we had to stay overnight in Brindisi.
Message posted by Susanna on 06 November 2007 at 9:39pm - IP Logged
That's the trouble - it is always so complicated to do the Italian connection, that although it sounds cheap to start with by the time you have added on taxis to and from Italian aiports/ports, plus the inevitable overnight stay, or a cabin on the ferry and then the additional hassle of landing in Igoumenitsa (or - in the case of one of my sons - not being able to get off the ferry until Patras!) the Christmas direct flight ends up looking very attractive! I have booked it for one of my UK based kids, the other two are coming on Olympic because they need to travel closer to Christmas and it is costing a LOT more.
The via Italy solution works if you have loads of time and count it as part of the holiday. For those wanting as much time as possible in Corfu I think it is a non-starter.
Message posted by Cyn2 on 11 November 2007 at 12:42pm - IP Logged
We'll be coming into Corfu at Christmas via Venice ferry. It's not cheap, and it takes 26 hours. However, we're looking forward to it. After all, we're flying from the US and a couple of days on a ferry seems ok after a nine hour flight.
Message posted by tzen on 11 November 2007 at 2:04pm - IP Logged
SCRIPT>Xmas direct flights to Corfu sound a lot simpler than all these other options, what's the point in going here, there and everywhere, specially if you're on a time limit!! Unless of course you plan on making a holiday of the journey. I'm sure all the other options will work out more expensive when you consider overnight stays, boats, cabins, meals, drinks etc etc....
Personally , i think it's important to support the efforts of the locals who are arranging the direct flights !!! Because we want more of them, don't we??
Message posted by blueyes on 11 November 2007 at 7:00pm - IP Logged
It is great to arrive to Corfu by boat, try to be up on deck to get a wonderful view of the Venetian buildings as you arrive. It is a lovely start to the holiday. You must be really looking forward to your holiday. Where are you staying on Corfu?
Have a great time,
Message posted by sueandchris on 18 November 2007 at 10:55am - IP Logged
We would have loved to have flown direct from Manchester to Corfu with Olympic but it took too long and was expensive plus car hire, we will enjot travelling up from Athens and as BeeBee says the view coming across is spectacular
Message posted by TracyNicky on 19 November 2007 at 9:03am - IP Logged
We rang Always Travel last week they told us the xmas flight is definately operating, one only, going out on the 19th returning 3rd Jan. It will be 390 euros return. As it arrives in Gatwick at some ungodly hour we're still checking alternatives as we will be going up to Durham. KLM is ususally the best choice but as everyone else says at this time of the year the cost just keeps getting higher and higher.
Message posted by Onetwin on 19 November 2007 at 10:45am - IP Logged
Yes as far as i know the xmas flight has been arranged at such times because it is only going to gatwick and it gives people, who need to get connections to other places, manchester , for example, ample time to get there. Also, the flight out to corfu is about 8 in the evening i think, which again gives people all day to get to gatwick if need be.
Lets hope people use it, as it's been arranged by the locals, and it's something we need for the future.
Message posted by TracyNicky on 19 November 2007 at 12:13pm - IP Logged
Re the Ryan Air flights from venice, Bari, Brindisi and Ancona to the UK, Iwas just checking them out too and they are having a sale, the return flights are as little as 20 euros return, fantastic if only there was a good ferry connection!
Message posted by Onetwin on 20 November 2007 at 10:57am - IP Logged
If you go on the ferries this time of year, to get flight connections fromVenice, Bari and so on..the likelihood is that you'll also have to get to Igoumenitsa on the mainland first, or via there on the way back to corfu, so i still maintain it's simpler to jump on the direct flights from corfu. Unless of course you have the time to do a trek round Europe and that's what you want to do.
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