With the introduction of a twice daily service from Gatwick to the former RAF base at St Mawgan near Newquay both Cornwall and the Scillies can now easily be reached from London.

TNU's Editor took a day trip late last year.  Readers should note the Scillonian ferry is suspended until March.

The travel rules

The regulations regarding international travel to and from the United Kingdom keep changing and all are confused.  It is essential to check on the UK Government website to view the laws of the country you are visiting and the entry rules for Britain.


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Raffles for London

Synonymous with Singapore, Raffles is to open in London later this year.

The 5-star Accor-owned property will sit in a spectacular setting within the former Old War Office (OWO) at the junction of Horse Guards Parade and Whitehall.

Raffles London will offer 120 rooms and 85 branded residences, as well as extensive wellness facilities and 11 destination food & beverage venues including a rooftop restaurant and bar.

Originally completed in 1906, the seven-floor property served as the offices of political and military leaders including Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Lord Kitchener, Herbert Asquith and T. E. Lawrence.

BA and Gatwick

Following persistent rumours, British Airways has confirmed that it is to return to Gatwick with a full European programme from March.

The national airline already has a limited long-haul programme to the Caribbean and Qatar.

Following the success of BA CityFlyer at London City Airport, the new carrier, EuroFlyer, will operate as an independent stand-alone airline marketed as British Airways and will be based at Gatwick South with its convenient road and rail access.  

A two-class operation, Club Europe customers will receive complimentary food and drink and Euro Traveller customers who want to order additional food will benefit from access to the airline’s ‘Speedbird Café', which features a selection of products from a range of British brands.

Here is a list of destinations and start dates.  Bookings have already opened.

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Passenger compensation

The European Court of Justice has ruled that passengers in Europe are entitled to compensation if their flights are brought forward by more than an hour.

How this affects ex-UK flights remains to be seen.  More details regarding current British regulations can be found here.

The Court ruling recognizes that such scenarios “may result in serious inconvenience for passengers, in the same way as a delay” as passengers may have to adapt their plans significantly or even miss the flight due to the change in departure time.

EU rules stipulate that passengers can claim compensation if their flights are cancelled less than 14 days before departure, arrive more than three hours late or if they are denied boarding due to overbooking.

In such cases, air carriers are required to pay compensation of €250-€600 depending on the distance of the flight, with a 50% reduction if the airline offers re-routing so that the passenger can arrive without delay at their final destination.

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