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snuggels

960 Posts

Posted - 24 Feb 2012 :  15:43:54  Show Profile
I understand from family friends in Gambia that Thomas Cook have stopped or are going to stop Flght Only bookings Which means you will only be able to book into the multinational owned hotels where all the money goes out of the country This wll be a real blow to the local community the people who rent out private rooms or the small guest houes

toubab1020



9295 Posts

Posted - 24 Feb 2012 :  17:07:46  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message
Bantaba member,Dr. Thomas is the man who is interested in aviation matters and usually has some good accurate info.but he hasn't posted recently,hope is still reading bantaba in cyberspace.

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

Edited by - toubab1020 on 24 Feb 2012 17:08:41
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rassimian

United Kingdom
123 Posts

Posted - 28 Feb 2012 :  17:25:45  Show Profile Send rassimian a Private Message
I have been trawling the internet trying to find whether there is any substance to these rumours of no flight only bookings to the Gambia with no success. Whether there is any truth in this remains to be seen but I would think it would be a bad move by Thomas Cook if proved correct. Despite the fact that Thomas Cook company is in deep financial trouble with losses of 398 million up to September 2011 and are to close 200 outlets over the next 2 years most air tour operators who own and run their own planes always have some seats for flight only availability.
In fact it makes financial sense to do so. When you are paying between 300-400+ for a return flight the profit margin must be greater than say for a week's stay at Badala Park costing 399.
If this happens not only will it be a real blow to local people as Snuggels says but it will mean the end of the independant traveller or for Gambians who just want flights to return home.
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snuggels

960 Posts

Posted - 28 Feb 2012 :  18:28:11  Show Profile
If true the otions are fly to Dakar then bush taxi or to fly to Holland but what a pain
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irishadrian



Ireland
18 Posts

Posted - 01 Mar 2012 :  23:03:49  Show Profile Send irishadrian a Private Message
This turned out not to be true as TC have now published their FO prices for next season but they average 800 return Total nonsense really as Monarch/Cosmos are selling seats on the same TCX aircraft from Manchester and Birmingham at about 500 They are just testing the water and I expect the fares to become more reasonable as the season progresses
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toubab1020



9295 Posts

Posted - 02 Mar 2012 :  00:17:10  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message
"I expect the fares to become more reasonable as the season progresses"

At least that's a bit of encouraging news, thanks.irishadrian

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.
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snuggels

960 Posts

Posted - 02 Mar 2012 :  05:14:42  Show Profile
i contacted Thomas Cook and they sais its not true
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Squeak

United Kingdom
4 Posts

Posted - 23 May 2012 :  21:28:54  Show Profile Send Squeak a Private Message
I have found flight only :)
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