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

Rental Cars in Mexico

Full range of rentals cars available in Mexico, at discounted prices through Car Hire Assistant.To get the best deals, we all need a little help sometimes and, if you are seeking a great deal on car rental in the Mexico (North America), then the Car Hire Assistant website is place to be. We are a price comparison site specialising in car hire, 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 confident that we can present you with the best prices and range of options for you hire car in the Mexico (North America). Of course, we don't just limit ourselves to local suppliers, where appropriate, we will also seek prices from many of the major international car rental companies, which includes; Europcar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise and Alamo. 

The service is free and you will not be charged a booking fee. The prices are fully inclusive and completely transparent, therefore you do not have 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 think the search and the subsequent booking for you hire car in the Mexico (North America) should be as painless as possible, therefore we provide you with a wide range of options, clear pricing, great prices, a simple, 3 stage booking process. 

Don't be concerned that you may miss out on special offers from rental companies in the Mexico (North America), if they are running promotions, we will include this in your hire summary and highlight it as a best buy.

It doesn't really matter where you are travelling to in the Mexico (North America), 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. Full range of rentals cars available in Mexico, at discounted prices through Car Hire Assistant.

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 laws and regulations are different in every country and this, would of course, include the Mexico (North America). 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. 

We offer a wide range of vehicles in the Mexico (North America), however, the full extent will be determined by the local operator and your chosen rental location. 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, McLaren, Aston Martin etc).

 

Mexico – A Dream Vacation and Much More

Mexico is one of the most popular destinations for people who are looking for a tropical vacation spot. One of the things that make it so popular for vacations is its close proximity to the United States. But even though a lot of people know that Mexico is to the south of the United States, there are many things that they do not know about Mexico.

The climate of Mexico will depend on where the person is. In the desert areas, the climate is usually very hot in the daytime and cool in the evening. Mexico City has spring weather throughout the year, and the evenings are a bit cooler. The raining season is June through September. This often includes short as well as heavy showers during the afternoon. On the gulf, the weather is usually more humid and hotter when compared with the country's higher elevations.

Here are some of the more interesting tidbits about Mexico that many people may not know about this amazing country.

  • It introduced corn, chilies, and chocolate to our world
  • North America's biggest wildcat is known as the jaguar, and it's found in the southern jungles of Mexico.
  • It is home to North America's oldest university - The National University of Mexico, which was founded in 1551.
  • The world's second largest border is the one that is between the US and Mexico. The only border that is longer is the one between US and Canada.
  • It has the second largest number of citizens who are Catholic. Brazil has the largest.
  • It has more than 110 million citizens
  • Mexico City boasts North America's highest elevation and it's North America's oldest city.
  • Today's Mexican citizens are a blend of lots of ancient civilizations, including Zapotec, Olmec, Maya, Aztec, African, French, Spanish, Maya, and Toltec.

If you travel to Mexico, you are going to find that there are many things that you can do there on vacation. Here are just a couple of the things that people love about Mexico.


Beaches

One of the main reasons that people go to Mexico is the beaches. With almost 6,000 glorious miles of coastline beaches, there is always a place to put your beach chair or blanket down. Whether you want to go water skiing or simply want to lay out and get a suntan, you will find that the beautiful beaches here are unsurpassed.


Archaeological Sites

For those who are looking for history when they are visiting Meixco, they will find that there is much to learn in Mexico. The ancient civilizations of Mexico developed arithmetic, astronomy, and writing before the Europeans arrived. There are many wonderful archeological sites that can be explored in Mexico and the country is full of historical values that anyone can learn from.

Your Mexican vacation can be anything that you want it to be. With so many wonders and things to see, you will discover new things each and every day of your trip. After finding your car hire in Mexico, go out and see what there is to explore. Car Hire Assistant can provide car hire in most major resorts, airports and cities in Mexico, including Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Mexico City, Monterrey, Veracruz and Tampico.

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.

“Unprecedented demand” has seen Virgin Atlantic increase flights to Cancun, Mexico.

The transatlantic carrier launched the route on June 12th, but following a boom in travel to the destination Virgin confirmed it would increase the twice-weekly service to three times a week. The change will take effect from April 4th 2013.

“Cancun is performing extremely well for us and in fact, is one of our most successful launches ever,” said Edmond Rose, Virgin Atlantic’s director of commercial and revenue planning.

“Transatlantic routes have always been at the core of Virgin Atlantic’s business and we are delighted to be able to show our commitment to Mexico and add the extra service.”

Last year Mexico welcomed a record 23 million international travellers, up two per cent on 2010.

Compare car hire in Cancun, any part of Mexico or in 174 other countries with Car Hire Assistant, the car rental price comparison site. Car Hire Assistant can compare up to 550 suppliers in less than 1 minute. The summary will typically include major brands such as Avis, Hertz, Budget, Alamo, National, Enterprise and Sixt, as well as major local or regional rental operators. Car Hire Assistant adds nothing to the rental price and cars can be booked instantly in a very simple and fast, three stage process.

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Spirit Airlines today announced schedules for new service to/from Los Cabos and Cancun, Mexico starting November 8, 2012. These include;

A Daily nonstop service between Los Cabos, Mexico (serving Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo) and San Diego starts November 8, 2012, with connecting service to Dallas/Fort Worth. In addition, four weekly non-stop flights between Los Cabos, Mexico and Dallas/Fort Worth start June 13, 2013. Ant, three weekly non-stop flights between Cancun, Mexico and Dallas/Fort Worth start April 25, 2013, with service increasing to daily on June 13, 2013.

“We’re looking forward to this new service between San Diego and Los Cabos,” said Thella F. Bowens, President/CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. “There is a strong affinity between San Diego and Mexico and this new service will strengthen the relationships of the two countries.”

Car Hire Mexico. Car Hire Assistant, The Car Rental Price Comparison Site offers a free comparison service for car hire in all major cities within Mexico, as well as airports and seaports. In addition, Car Hire Assistant can provide rental cars in Dallas Forth Worth, the rest of the USA and 173 further countries around the world.

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Boeing has announced a commitment by Aeromexico to purchase up to 100 single- and twin-aisle airplanes – a combination of 737 MAXs and 787 Dreamliners – in an agreement that will fuel the airline’s expansion. The commitment by Mexico’s largest airline includes a mix of 90 737 MAX 8s and 9s, as well as ten 787 Dreamliners. When finalised the order will be worth $10.8 billion at list prices.

“This order represents the largest investment program for a domestic airline in Mexican commercial aviation history and a major step forward in consolidating Grupo Aeromexico’s international leadership position,” said Grupo Aeromexico chief executive Andres Conesa.

“We are announcing our medium and long-term fleet plan supported by our partners, Boeing and General Electric that will allow us to maintain a flexible structure to grow according to market conditions.”

The 737 MAX builds on the strengths of the best-selling Next-Generation 737 with big advances in fuel-efficiency and environmental performance. Equipped with new LEAP-1B engines from CFM International and improvements such as the Advanced Technology winglet, the 737 MAX reduces fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 13 per cent and maintains the eight per cent operating cost advantage over future competition.

The 737 features the new Boeing Sky Interior. The sleek interior boasts modern lines, a spacious cabin with more headroom and LED lighting that offers vibrant colour options. Made primarily from composite materials, the Boeing...

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Richard Branson celebrated the launch of Virgin Atlantic services to Cancun from London Gatwick with a star studded press trip.

The VIP flight arrived in Cancun on 7th July and to mark the occasion, Sir Richard Branson dressed in traditional Mexican attire, was joined on the wing by UK X Factor winner Alexandra Burke whilst a mariachi band entertained the watching crowd.

The group, made up of Sir Richard Branson and his family, Alexandra Burke, Leigh Francis (AKA Keith Lemmon), Derren Brown, Cleo Rocos plus VIP travel industry guests will stay at the five-star Royal Hideaway resort on the Riviera Maya. They will spend three days exploring the sights and sounds of the area including visits to Tulum, Chichen Itza, Xplor and, the highlight of the trip – swimming with whale sharks.

Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic Airways commented:

“I am delighted to be here to celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s new route to Cancun. Mexico holds a special place in my heart and it is great to be here with all my family and friends.

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Spirit Airlines continues its expansion at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and its commitment to liberating consumers from high fares as it announces that it is adding nonstop service to five more cities from DFW, including Baltimore/Washington, Houston, Oakland/San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the airline has also filed to service Cancun, Mexico.  This marks a total of 20 nonstop destinations from DFW.  Spirit began service at DFW just over a year ago.

Daily nonstop service between DFW and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport begins September 6, 2012.

Twice daily nonstop service between DFW and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport begins September 20, 2012.

Daily nonstop service between DFW and Oakland International Airport and between DFW and Los Angeles International Airport begins on April 25, 2013.

In addition, Spirit has filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin service between DFW and Cancun, Mexico.  Schedules and fares will be announced upon receipt of necessary governmental approval.

“We are excited to celebrate this Independence week by liberating even more customers from high fares,” said Texas native and Spirit’s Chief Marketing Officer Barry Biffle.  ”We are committed to continuing to offer consumers the opportunity to save money on travel with the super low fares that our growing customer following has come to know and love.”

Spirit introduced its ultra low fares at DFW just over a year ago in May of 2011 and has aggressively continued to grow its operations ever since.  Today Spirit offers...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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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