Travel news in brief

The financial downturn in Greece has brought a surge in bookings as British
travellers take advantage of discounts. In July, bookings with Directline
Holidays for Corfu and Rhodes were, respectively, 21 per cent higher and 5
per cent higher than in July last year. Bookings for Cyprus were up by 28
per cent.

Smoke-free ships

Almost half of cruise ship passengers want smoking on board banned, according
to research by CruiseCompare, a price- comparison website. Of 1,271
cruisers, 48 per cent wanted a complete ban and 11 per cent wanted smoking
confined to designated areas on the ship. More than half of those questioned
were smokers.

Air Berlin routes cut

Air Berlin (
is to scrap several services between Germany and England, and blames the
decision on increases in taxes and fuel prices. Among the services being cut
are London to Munster/Onasbruck, London to Hanover and London and Manchester
to Paderborn.

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