06th Aug 2021
Flights: explaining Limosa's new approach
One of the consequences of the pandemic that all of us will be personally witnessed is that there have been a lot less planes in the sky since March 2020. Whilst this situation is gradually changing in some parts of the world as restrictions ease (especially in Europe and North America), nevertheless, there is generally a lot less availability than before coronavirus became a worldwide problem.
This means that on many routes, less planes are flying and prices are in some cases significantly higher than before the pandemic. Whilst there is a general expectation that this will change as we all become able (and willing) to travel again and the airlines put on more flights, pricing a trip becomes extremely difficult if a flight is a significant component of the cost. Inevitably, the only option if flights are included in the tour price is to assume the prices will remain high even if a reduction is anticipated - a situation that does not work well for either the tour operator or client.
When schedules are also constantly being updated and revised, this further complicates the situation so we have taken the decision that the best option for both Limosa Holidays and our clients is to remove the flight component from the price of our tours.
This does not, however, mean that we are 'abandoning' you to sort these out yourselves, as we have agreed to work with a dedicated agent at Travel Counsellors (an organisation which has won many acolades during the pandemic for their handling of refunds) who will know which flights we are planning on using for a particular tour. When you book a trip with us, we will ask you for your permission for our recommended agent to contact you and he will then be able to discuss options with you.
We believe there are multiple advantages to this approach both in the immediate short term and in the longer term as it will mean that you are likely to be paying less than we would have budgeted for your flights, you will be dealing with an aviation expert (leaving us to concentrate on our expertise in setting up and running bird tours) and it will also give you more flexibility. For example, for our trips to Asia or Australasia where an airline such as Emirates might be the best option, by not including the flight from London in the tour price, you are free to fly from a regional airport if that is more convenient for you.
As a result, we believe this new arrangement is a win-win for both our valued clients and Limosa Holidays and you will now be dealing with genuine experts for every aspect of your trip.