Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Ryanair see surge in passenger bookings

There is good news for budget airline Ryanair as figures announced today show that the airline carried 7.33 million people in June 2011, a 7% increase on numbers from June 2010. Further figures have shown that Ryanair planes travelled at 84% full in June 2011, the same as in June 2010.

International Airline Group which carries BA under its umbrella have reported similarly impressive figures with a 15% increase for June 2011 compared with the same month in the previous year

Rules on pet passports to be relaxed

There is good news for the nation's pet owners as the rules on passports for their beloved companions are to be relaxed. The change to the rules will also save owners who do wish to travel abroad with their pets an estimated £7 million per year.

The current requirements are for anyone who wants to travel with their animals and bring them back into Britain needs to have their pet vaccinated a full six months before returning to the country and also be micro chipped. Their pets then need a blood test a month later to ensure that the anti-rabies vaccine has fully worked. It is at this point that they are a granted a Pet Passport which allows them to come back into the country.

The changes will mean that animal will only need to be vaccinated 21 days before coming back into the country and the blood test requirment will be dropped. The new rules are likely to come into effect in January 2012.

Is is estimated that 100,00 owners a year use the pet passport scheme to take their animals on holidays or on work trips.