What types of cars do you rent?

Car Hire Comparison UK: Most rental companies categorise the hire cars and broadly speaking, these are as follows: Mini, Economy, compact, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Vans/Minivans (also referred to as MPV's or People Carriers), SUV's and, depending on the location, Exotic and/or Special Cars which may include such icons as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on. The 'vans' or people carriers are typically available in derivatives from 5 seats through to nine seater. Some locations will also have soft tops (convertibles/cabriolets) available, from a sports car through to a family soft top or 4x4 with a removable, canvas top. Compare Car Hire.

The range is exhaustive and we invite you to look at the 'information' section for additional details on individual vehicles and specifications. Remember, that the extent of the range will be dependent on availability, location and country. 

Where can I get my rental car?

The good news is that 'Car Hire Assistant' has access to over 550 suppliers who, combined, have some 30,000 locations in 175 countries. Therefore, if you want to collect your rental car from a large city, small town, holiday resort, sea port or airport, there is an excellent chance that one of the rental companies we use will have an office near you. If you want to collect your hire car from one location and return it to another, this is also possible with some hire companies, although a premium is charged. Many of the companies we deal with also have kiosks or stations at major airports. 

Remember, our service is free, there are no hidden charges or booking surcharges. We search, so you can compare, not just the price of your rental car, but the options, types of vehicles, locations and service. Compare car hire prices with Car Hire Assistant, The UK  Car Hire Comparison Site - Compare Car Hire

Car Rentals made simple

Renting a car, van or people carrier (MPV) does not have to be a stressful experience. Using a car rental comparison site such as 'Car Hire Assistant' can save you  many hours attempting to find the cheapest deals and then trying to compare the hire options on a like for like basis. Moreover, the process of weeding out those rental operators that employ tactics of headline grabbing, low rental costs, only to hit the hirer with a huge list of extras, means you have to remain alert. Car Hire Assistant removes ambiguities with a guarantee of no hidden prices and a commitment to inclusive rental rates. Car options are laid out in a logical manner allowing the renter to compare 'apples with apples'. We also offer additional, complimentary services such as Car Hire Excess Insurance, Travel Insurance and Airport Transfers. Free service and no booking charges. The best comparison site for Cheap Car Hire

Car Rentals in Rome

Wide range of cars for hire in Italy, Sardinia and Sicily, including small, compact cars, mid-sized and family cars, jeeps, 4x4's and People Carriers (MPV's). - Car Hire AssistantTo get the very best deals, we all need a little help sometimes and, if you are seeking a great price on car hire in Rome (Italy), then the Car Hire Assistant website really is place to be. Car Hire Assistant is a price comparison site specialising in rental cars, not just local hire, but international car rental in any of one the 175 countries we cover, which includes 30,000 rental locations. With some 550 suppliers, we are supremely confident that we can present you with the best prices and a comprehensive range of options for your hire car in Rome (Italy). Of course, as a true comparison site, we don't just limit ourselves to local suppliers, where appropriate, we will also seek rental prices from many of the major international car rental companies, which includes; Europcar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise, Dollar, Thrifty and Alamo. 

The Car Hire Assistant service is free and you will not be charged a booking fee. Prices are fully inclusive and completely transparent, therefore you do not need to be concerned about hidden charges, something we have all experienced at one time or another. Too good to be true? Well, not really, at Car Hire Assistant, we believe your rental price should include such necessities as; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver, Airport charges, Taxes and Credit Card Surcharges. We believe the search and the subsequent booking for your hire car in Rome (Italy) should be as painless as possible, therefore, we will provide you with a wide range of options, unambiguos pricing, a great choice and a simple, 3 stage booking process. 

And, don't be concerned that you may miss out on special offers from rental companies in Rome (Italy), if they are running promotions, we will include this in your hire summary and highlight it as a best buy. We don't actively 'upsell' you, in fact, the lowest prices and special offers will be listed first!

It doesn't really matter where you are travelling to in Rome (Italy), or where it is most convenient to collect your hire car, be this at an airport, train station, city location, holiday resort or railway station. There really is every possibility we will be able to accommodate your wishes. and minimise any inconvenience allowing you to spend your time relaxing and exploring Rome, rather than finding the nearest car rental office.

At Car Hire Assistant, we truly believe that it is important to be completely open about everything. Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to highlight the fact that the laws and regulations differ in every country and this, would of course, include Rome (Italy). Similarly, some terms can vary between rental operators, albeit in a minor way, therefore we ensure that the terms and conditions are made available to you to enable you to truly compare your options. The terms and conditions of the specific rental company you opt to use will be sent to you on confirmation of the rental car.

Wide range of cars for hire in Italy, Sardinia and Sicily, including small, compact cars, mid-sized and family cars, jeeps, 4x4's and People Carriers (MPV's). - Car Hire AssistantWe offer a wide range of vehicles in Rome (Italy), however, the full extent will be determined by the local operator, your chosen rental location and availability. During peak perios it is important to book your rental car as early as possible to maximise the opportunity of getting the widest choice. The types of vehicles will include economy and compact models, family cars estate cars (station wagons), multi-purpose vehicles (also referred to as MPV's, people carriers or vans), prestige car including Mercedes (E Class, S Class, BMW 5 Series and 7 Series etc) and four wheel drive vehicles such as Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV's) or 4x4's. In some larger locations or cities, we can also provide sports cars or high value prestige cars (Porsche, Ferrari, McClaren, Bentley, Audi, Aston Martin and so on).

Our success is based entirely upon offering you the best car rental packages, in terms of price, what is included within the price, vehicle range and convenience for you. Therefore, we strive to do this because we are working on your behalf. If you are happy with our service, your will book your rental car through us and, hopefully, return again in the future. We hope you will be delighted with our service and opt to book your rental car in Rome through Car Hire Assistant.



Located in southern Europe, Italy is a peninsula extending into the Central Mediterranean Sea bordering France to the west, Switzerland and Austria to the north, and Slovenia to the east. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italy. Italy has a land area of some 301,230 square kilometres (116,304 square miles) and an enviable coastlime of 7,500 kilometres (4,722 miles) including the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. Based on land mass, Italy is the 9th largest country in Europe, behind Poland, but above the UK. However, with a population of 61m, Italy is the 4th largest country in Europe, ahead of Spain (46.7m), but behind the Uk (62.7m). There are 14 volcanoes in Italy, three of which are active: Etna, Stromboli and Vesuvius.

Rome 2,761,477; Milan 1,324,110; Naples 963,357; Turin 907,563; Palermo 655,875; Genoa 607,906; Bologna 380,181; Florence 371,282; Bari 320,475; Catania 293,458; Venice 270,884; Verona 263,964; Messina 242,503; Trieste 205,535; Brescia 193,879; Taranto 191,810; Prato 188,011; Parma 186,690 and Reggio Calabria 186,547.

Italy's gross domestic product (GDP) of US$1.273 trillion makes it the sixth richest country in the world. In terms of income per capita, it occupies 18th place. Despite being a wealthy country, Italy suffers from serious inequality in the distribution of wealth and resources. The contrast between north and south is self-evident, with over 65 percent of impoverished families living in southern regions. However, as a result of Italy's generous welfare system, most do not live in poverty. Italy is a founding member of the European Community, now the European Union (EU), and of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Italy adopted the Euro on the 1st January 1999, although coins and notes weren't available until 1st January 2002.

Italy was the worlds 7th largest exporter in 2009, 59% of which was conducted with other European Union countries. It's largest EU trade partners are, respectively; Germany, France and Spain. In 2010, it was estimated that Italy received 43.6, international visitors, contributing some $38.8 billion, which ranks it as the 5th most visited country in the world and the largest country in the world in terms of tourist income. Another little appreciated fact is that Italy is also the largest producer of wine in the world.

Italy has many famous historical and cultural attractions, with ancient architectural monuments; breathtaking cathedrals and churches with spectacular affresco, sculptures and paintings. Italian museums host the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Botticelli and Raffaello, amongst many others. Rome includes the Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum, Vatican City and Palatine Hill. Whilst those visiting Venince may want to see the Grand Canal, Doges Palace, St Marks Square, Colleoni Monument or the Basillica of St. Mark. Not to be outdone, Florence has San Lorenzo, Santa Croce, Palazzo Pitti, Santo Spirio and Ponte Vecchio. In Milan, it is worth visting Sant'Ambrogio, the Caathedral of Santa Maria Nascente and the Brera Picture Gallery. Pisa has the famous Leaning Tower, the National Museum, Campo Santo and Bapistery.

The following regions of Italy are the most popular with visitors: Amalfi Coast (Capri, Sorrento, Salerno); Aosta Valley; Apennines (Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Molise); Apulia (Bari, Brindisi, Lecce); Campania (Outside Naples, Amalfi); Emilia Romagna, (Ferrara, Parma, Ravenna, Rimini); Friuli; Latium, Lazio (around Rome); Liguria (outside Genova); Lombardy; Marche (Ancona, Ascoli Piceno, Macerata, Pesaro, Urbino); Piedmont (outside Turin); Republic of San Marino; Riviera around Genova; Tuscany; Umbria (Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto, Todi); Upper Adige (South Tirol) and Venetia (outside Venice, Verona, Padua).

According to the Italian Tourism Official Website, The climate varies considerably from the north to the south of Italy.
In the north of the country (the area between the Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines) the climate is harsh, with very cold winters and very hot, humid summers. In central Italy the climate is milder, with a smaller difference in temperature between summer and winter and a shorter and less intense cold season than in the north In southern Italy and the islands winters are never particularly harsh, and spring and autumn temperatures are similar to those reached in the summer in other areas of Italy. Nonetheless,whether you are travelling to Milan, Rome or Palermo, you can expect temperatures of up to 30°C in the summer months, with the more extreme differentials being in the winter.

Italy has 70 passenger regional, national and international airports, the largest of which are; the Milan: Malpensa Airport (MXP), Milan: Linate Airport (LIN), Naples: Naples Airport (NAP), Rome: Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Turin: Citta Di Torino Airport (TRN), Venice: Marco Polo Airport (VCE), Bologna: Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), Alghero: Fertilia Airport (AHO), Ancon: Falconara Airport (AOI), Bari: Palese Airport (BRI), Bologna: Luigi Ridolfi Airport (FRL), Toast: Papola Casale Airport (BDS), Cagliari: Elmas Airport (CAG), Catania: Fontanarossa Airport (CTA), Florence: Gal Galilei Airport (PSA), Florence: Peretola Airport (FLR), Genoa: Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA), Milan: Orio al Serio (Bergamo) Airport (BGY), Olbia: Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB), Palermo: Punta Raisi Airport (PMO), Pescara: Liberi Airport (PSR), Rome: Ciampino Airport (CIA),

General information:

According to the Ministry of Tourism, 4m British Nationals visit Italy every year accounting for more than 1 in 10 of all tourists. It is recommended that if you need a taxi, you should only travel by officially licensed cars. These will have a taxi sign on the roof. You should also ensure that the meter in the taxi has been reset before commencing your journey. FCO advice is that you should be aware, if travelling on public transport, that tickets must be endorsed in a ticket machine before starting a journey. The machines are typically positioned at the entrance to platforms in railway stations, in the entrance hall at metro stations and on board buses and trams. Officials patrol all means of public transport and will issue an on the spot fine of Euros 50 to 60 if you do not hold an endorsed ticket. Rome, Florence and Venice have recently introduced a tourist tax for non-residents which varies by city.

If you wish to drive in Italy you must have a valid UK driving licence, insurance and vehicle documents. If you are driving a vehicle that does not belong to you then written permission from the registered owner may be required. Private and hire cars are not permitted to enter the historic centre of many Italian cities without an official pass. If your hotel is in the centre of one of the cities concerned, you can purchase a pass from most car hire companies. However, this pass will not be valid for entering the centre of any other city. The boundaries of historic centres are usually marked with the letters ZTL in black on a yellow background.

British Nationals should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but entitles British citizens to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Italian nationals.

From 16th January, people wishing to drive in Milan city centre (Zone C) will have to pay a congestion charge of €5 per day (Monday – Friday only). The ticket will be valid from 7.30am to 7.30pm and covers all accesses made on the same day. Since July 2007 on-the-spot fines' for minor traffic offences have been in operation. These can range between €150 - 250.

Planning your Trip

Things always seem to go better when they are carefully planned and flying to another destination is no exception. Plan well and all things being equal, you should have an uneventful trip with less stress. Here are the top tips:

Before you leave

  • Ensure that you have your airline tickets, vouchers for hotel bookings, car rental and/or airport shuttle transfers, your passport, visa (if required), money, credit cards and travellers cheques. If you are renting a car at your destination, make sure you have your driver's licence (paper and photo) and, if necessary, an international drivers permit. These items should all be kept in your hand luggage.
  • Familiarise yourself with the 'banned item' list, these change from time to time, but it is important to know what can go in your hand luggage, what must go in the hold and what you simply cannot take with you.
  • Avoid wrapping items such as gifts or presents because these may be opened by security at your departing or destination airport.
  • If you are taking essential medicines, ensure that that they are in their original packaging and, if they are prescription drugs, try and get a letter from your doctor confirming that these have been prescribed for you. Also remember, that is some countries, certain drugs are banned, even if you have been prescribed them by your doctor. If in doubt, check with the airline and/or embassy.
  • Make sure that you choose comfortable clothing, especially if it is a long journey, also be cognisant of the weather at your destination, which may influence your choice of clothes.
  • Check the weight of your luggage. Most airlines have a strict policy on exceeding baggage limits and airport surcharges can be very expensive. In addition, some airlines will not allow you to pay in excess at checkin, which could lead to delays and inconvenience.

Heading for the airport

  • Always remember to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport. As a general rule, if you are taking an international flight, you should aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. For local or domestic flights, at least one hour.
  • Make sure you know what terminal you are departing from, some airports are very large and the distance between the terminal buildings can be considerable.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. Road maintenance often happens at night, and this can occasionally lead to unexpected road closures, so check before you travel and allow ample time for your journey. If you are travelling during the day, then traffic may become your curse, once again, check on travel information sites and allow extra time for unexpected delays.
  • If you are driving to the airport yourself, it is advisable to book your airport parking in advance. Many websites no offer this service and it can be much cheaper than attempting to find parking on arrival.
  • If you are using public transport to get to the airport, then make sure you have booked advance tickets and also, that there are no planned maintenance (in respect of railways) or anticipated road works in the case of coach travel.
  • If you are travelling by hire car and intend to leave it at the airport, make sure the rental company has facilities to allow you to drop it off. Not all car rental companies have airport facilities, many are located just outside.

On arrival at the airport terminal

  • Since 2001, airport security has been tightened considerably and, on occasion, additional security measures are employed at very short notice. As a consequence, the amount of time taken to go through airport security has lengthened considerably and it can also be unpredictable, especially if additional measures have been introduced.
  • Make sure you are familiar with what you can take through security, particularly in relation to banned items and liquids. Remember, even if you have purchased something at the airport (such as drinks), you may not be able to take it through security and/or on the airline.
  • You must keep your baggage with you at all times. In part because of the security issues at airports, but also because it will almost certainly contain your essential travel documents and you would not want to lose them or have them stolen. You should never look after the belongings of other people or agree to carry anything onto the aircraft on their behalf.
  • Once you are through passport control and security, make sure you keep a close eye on the 'departure boards', many airport no longer make verbal announcements and you need to know which gate number your flight is departing from. Also consider the amount of time it takes to get from where you are to the gate, some airport are very large, such as Heathrow and it can take up to 30 minutes to get to the gate.

On the plane

  • If you are going on a long journey, then try to relax and get some sleep. For shorter journeys you may want to read a book, watch a movie or listen to music on your MP3 player. So make sure you have packed laptops, tablets and/or music players into your hand luggage.
  • It is advisable not to eat too much on long haul flights, because this can lead to an inability to sleep or indigestion. Move around the aircraft as much as you can to keep your circulation working. If you have flight socks, then consider using them.
  • Avoid too much alcohol, but drink plenty of other beverages to avoid dehydration.
  • Even if you are a seasoned traveller, it is worthwhile spending a few minutes to decide exactly what you need from your hire car. 
  • When considering the type of vehicle you wish to hire, consider the passengers and the luggage. Hiring a Suzuki jeep for 4 people with luggage could really be a problem. All too often hirers count the seats, but not the luggage.
  • If you are going on holiday and want to relax consider carefully whether you want a manual or automatic gearbox. 
  • Most cars have air conditioning as standard, but some of the economy vehicles may not, therefore if this is important to you, check carefully before you book and upgrade to the next model if necessary.
  • If you are not familiar with the country you are travelling to, then you need to think ahead. Planning the journey from your arrival airport to your destination is often overlooked. Do you need a local map, SatNav or will you take written directions? There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport in the middle of the night and getting lost! 
  • Do you need booster seats, child seats or a ski rack? These are often available from the hire companies at an additional charge, but they have to be booked in advance.  
  • Will you be the only driver? Some rental companies will allow a second driver at no additional charge (or for a small fee), but this needs to be booked in advance.
  • It is recommended that you remove the identiying tag from the car key ring and keep it in a safe place until the termination of your hire to avoid highlighting that you are a tourist and using a rental car. 
  • One Way Hires or dropping the car off at a different location can be convenient, but expensive. Most car hire companies allow this option, but it is worth checking the difference between these options and returning the car to the airport terminal. 
  • Check the terms of your hire carefully. Some rental companies will supply the car with a full tank of petrol and will expect you to return it with a full tank. If you don’t, then there could be additional charges levied and the cost of fuel may not be the most competitive. If your car is not provided with a full tank of petrol then you should plan to stop as early as possible refuel. 
  • Before you accept the car, make sure you check the condition carefully, noting any damage, including scratches, dents, tyres or windscreen damage. You should ensure that these are written on the handover form to avoid any arguments when the vehicle is returned. Also remember that, as the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that the hire car meets local road and traffic regulations, this includes, but is not limited to tyres, lights, wipers and brakes. If you are not happy, reject the vehicle and ask for an alternative. 
  • Above all, familiarise yourself with the car before you drive. Being in a different country with an unfamiliar car can be stressful. Take your time.
  • Rules of the road and more specifically traffic laws and regulations vary enormously between different countries. Therefore, whilst your drivers licence may be valid, your appreciation of local driving laws may not. To avoid frustration, fines, arrest or accidents, all travellers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the local driving regulations before they embark on their journey. Many European countries also impose 'on the spot' fines for offences such as speeding. Also worth noting is that the car hire company will hold you personally liable for any fines incurred whilst you are using the vehicle, for example, parking fines

Guide to common rental car definitions:

These definitions are provided only as a guide and it essential that you refer to the terms and conditions of your rental agreement for specific terms relative to your hire.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), also referred to as: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
If the hired car or any of its parts or accessories is damaged other than by theft, attempted theft or vandalism, while on rental, CDW limits your liability to the amount of the non-waivable excess, if any, which applies in each country, provided that you have adhered to all the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. CDW does not cover any damage caused as a result of theft, attempted theft or vandalism.

Theft Waiver (TW)
It is an insurance offered by the car rental firm limiting your liability to the excess amount in case of theft of the vehicle. This does not over negligence, if for example you can't return the ignition key, or you left it in an unsafe place, you could be liabel for the full cost of the vehicle, as would be the case with most domestic car insurance policies.

Third Party Liability Protection
Offers protection against any third pary liability such as damage to another vehicle or personal injuries to an individual not travelling in the hire car. TPLP typically does not have an excess or deductible amount to pay.

Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW)
Covers tyres, roof and windscreen.

Personal Insurance (PI) Insures against the cost if you accidentally kill yourself or a passenger. (Also see ALI below)
Personal Effects Cover (PEC)
Covers property that has been stolen from a vehicle.
Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)
This is an optional insurance that protects the hirer and other other authorised drivers against claims made by third parties for personal injuries, death and property damage caused by the use of or the operation of the rental car.


The top 20 tourist destinations around the world for British nationals are as follows; 1. Spain 17m, 2. France 14m, 3. USA 6.5m, 4. Ireland 3.579m, 5. Italy 3.5m, 6. Greece 3m, 7. Germany 2.372m, 8. Portugal 2.254m, 9. Turkey 1.920m, 10. Cyprus 1.3m, 11. China (including Hong Kong) 1.212m, 12. Egypt 1.202m, 13. UAE 1.1m, 14. Thailand 812k, 15. India 734k, 16. Australia 670k, 17. Canada 650k, 18. South Africa 451k, 19. New Zealand 300k, 20. Pakistan 285k.

The coveted, top 10 most visited countries in the world are; 1. France 75.5m, 2. United States 50.9m, 3. Spain 48.2m, 4. Italy 41.2m, 5. China 31.2m, 6. United Kingdom 25.2m, 7. Russia 21.2m, 8. Mexico 20.6m, 9. Canada 20.4m and 10. Germany 19m.

According to SkiHorizon, the top winter ski resorts were Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The French preferred, Val Thorens, Les Deux, Avoriaz, Les Arcs 1800, Les Menuires, The village of Les Coches, Saint Sorlin d'Arves, Risoul, Tignes Val Claret and Plagne Bellecote. For the British, it was; Morzine, Les Arcs, Saas Fee, Serre Chevalier, Avoriaz, La Plagne, St. Anton, Megeve, Puy St. Vincent and Alpe D'Huez. Whilst the Dutch opted for Risoul, Val Thorens, La Plagne, Saint Sorlin 'dArves, Menuires, Les Deaux Alpes, Avoriaz, SFL, Arca and Oz.

Although France leads the league table in terms of visitor numbers, the top spot in terms of revenue earned from tourism goes to America (World Tourism Organisation figures for 2010) of $103.5bn. 2. Spain $52.5bn, 3. France 46.3bn, 4. China $45.8bn, 5. Italy 38.8bn, 6. Germany $34.7bn, 7. United Kingdom $30.4bn, 8. Australia $30.1 bn, 9. Hong Kong (China) 23bn and 10. Turkey $20.8bn.

The worlds safest roads based on the estimated number of road traffic deaths per 100,000 of population are; 1. Netherlands(49), 2. Sweden (53), 3. Norway (56), 4. United Kingdom (57), 5. Switzerland (69), 6. Germany (71), 7. Finland (72), 8. Denmark (74) 9. Japan (75) and 10. Iceland (79).

The top selling cars in Europe in 2011 are; 1. VW Golf, 2. Ford Fiesta, 3. W Polo, 4. Opel Corsa, 5. Renault Clio, 6. OFord Focus, 7. Opel Astra, 8. Peugeot 207, 9. Fiat Punt0, 10. Renault Megane, 11. VW Passat, 12. Nissa Qashqai, 13. Fiat Panda, 14. Citroen C3 and 15. Skoda Octavia.

Europcar, a leading car rental firm in Europe, has recognised its best performing franchisees at ITB in Berlin.

Franchisees were nominated within five categories:  “Best Performer”, “Technical Solutions”, “Customer Satisfaction”, “Commercial Vehicles” and “Best Newcomer”. This is the first time Europcar has rewarded its international franchisees’ network with dedicated trophies”.

2013 winners were:

Best Performer : Europcar Zambia:  Grant GATCHELL, General Director Customer Satisfaction: Europcar Switzerland: Carlos SARDINHA, General Manager Technical Solutions: Europcar Oman: Nitin SAPRE, General Manager Best Newcomer: Europcar Chile: Cristian PEREZ MOORE, General Manager Commercial Vehicles: Europcar Denmark: Poul TVEDE, General Manager

“We are very proud to reward our best franchisees for the first time. It is essential for Europcar that its franchisees’ network gets further integrated and recognised within our group. We have created our new Awards to highlight the best performances and share the best practices. Our franchisees give the Europcar brand a worldwide presence and high visibility, but also a great diversity to...


Car Hire Assistant, the car rental price comparison site has changed the website address for its Car Hire Excess insurance. With immediate effect, the new address will be: www.carhireassistant.travelexcess.com.

A spokesman for Car Hire Assistant apologised for the inconvenience, but assured users that the excellent offers previously available for these independent car hire excess insurance policies shall remain.

Car Hire Assistant providers hirers with the opportunity to take out an independent ‘pay and claim’ insurance police to cover the insurance excess imposed by car rental firms. Taking out an independent policy can save hirers a small fortune, when compared to the ‘daily’ charges imposed by most rental companies.


Heathrow passengers are the first in the world to use an revolutionary technology as component of the airport’s drive to further enhance the passenger experience. Terminal 1 passengers are being asked to participate in a 2 month ‘self-boarding’ trial in collaboration with South African Airways, which makes use of biometric data to help them board their flights quicker and more efficiently.

Once passengers arrive at the ‘self-boarding’ gate, they pass through an automatic electronic barrier which takes an infrared scan of their face. This data is verified against the biometric data that was taken at the check-in stage. When the 2 sets of data scans are successfully met, the barrier opens and the passenger can pass through and board their flight. The technology means that a passenger’s identification only needs to be checked by airline staff once during the whole departure process, minimising the amount of time it takes for passengers...


Dubai International has broken another monthly record by receiving, for the first time, more than 5.5 million passengers in a single month. According to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic rose by 14.6 per cent to 5,559,760 in January 2013, up from 4,852,139 for the same period in 2012.

It is also acknowledged that most markets improved in January through a combination of holiday traffic and visitors to the ever popular Dubai Shopping Festival. In addition, flight links continue to be widened between Dubai and Saudi Arabia with Emirates, flydubai, Nasair and Saudi Arabian Airlines all adding new flights in 2012.

For example in the course of the year Emirates added new flights to Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh while flydubai expanded its network to include Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh, Taif, Yanbu and Tabuk. Saudi Arabian Airlines, also introduced flights from Medina and Riyadh to Dubai and low-cost airline Nasair introduced links...


South African Airways Extreme Fares campaign has seen exceptional 2013 figures for the airline in the UK, with income up 70 per cent year-on-year across some channels. The unprecedented improvement in January bookings comes after the recent launch of South African Airways’ focused winter adventure travel marketing campaign.

This witnessed the airline partner with adventurer Charley Boorman for his 4 part TV series Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure, which was broadcast on Channel 5 and exhibited South Africa’s ultimate experiences throughout January. The country was also in the limelight last month on the BBC as a consequence of David Attenborough’s ‘Africa’ show. Both shows generated interest which SAA were able to expolit.

Jon Danks head of UK&I marketing & communications, SAA said: “The integrated campaign ran across key digital, print, and social media channels, anchored to the range of adventures showcased in both shows.

“Our tie up with Charley and Channel 5 presented...


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