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More on Kos, Air Berlin, and 2018 flights

The Dodekanisos Seaways ferries serving Kos have now returned to their normal stopping place as even more of the earthquake damage has been repaired. This puts them together with Blue Star by the castle once again. The ferries to Turkey are still leaving from the opposite side of the harbour, by the Kosta Palace Hotel and the electricity company offices. for the time being.

At Air Berlin, however, things are getting worse. Now all their long haul flights from Berlin TXL are being cancelled over the course of this month, as the bankruptcy administrator stops loss-making services. If you booked before 15 August, good luck with getting your money back, too. Join the queue with the other creditors. If you booked after that, the money you paid has been kept separate and you will be refunded. If you paid by credit card before 15 August, in many (but not all) countries you can lodge a claim with the credit card issuer instead.

People do keep asking when airlines like easyJet and Ryanair will put summer 2018 flights on sale. The answer is, probably later this month. They too are waiting to see what happens at Air Berlin and Alitalia, as easyJet is actually negotiating to buy part of Air Berlin, and Ryanair most of Alitalia. Will they move planes and crews to bases in Germany or Italy to seize opportunities, or will their bids be successful so they actually inherit the planes and crews along with the routes they’re already flying on?

Blue Star changes

Blue Star were due to do one of their regular ship-swaps this week, on Tuesday. The Blue Star Paros has been serving Symi since late June, but was due to change places in Piraeus with the Blue Star Patmos. This has been postponed and the Blue Star Paros will now continue until further notice.

For those who have booked in advance and actually collected the tickets (not just having an on-line booking confirmation) you should visit a Blue Star agent and exchange them for new tickets at no charge. If you have an on-line booking confirmation it doesn’t matter as you will be given the right tickets when you show up at the ticket office before travelling. The reason for this is that Greek law requires each passenger to be issued with a ticket stating the name of the ferry they will be travelling on.