Gympie travellers still on move
GYMPIE travel agent Sherryl Polley is still looking on the bright side, despite the shadow over her industry worldwide from the Icelandic volcano eruption.
Anzac Day pilgrimages to Gallipoli are still feasible, with Islamabad and Rome still open to jet traffic, she said.
And even one family, headed for France to attend commemorations at The Somme, is still hopeful of getting through on time, after a continuing (but scheduled) stopover in Singapore.
“We haven’t had anyone stuck yet,” the Harvey World travel owner manager said from her Mary Street premises yesterday.
“We have had one lady who couldn’t get away on Sunday but she’s hoping to travel next week.
“We’re not really getting reliable information. Everyone says Singapore is overloaded because of this but there is also a major international food fair taking place.
“Most of the airlines have been really helpful. They’ve thrown the whole book open to help reassign people onto available flights.
“Land and ferry travel is very busy in Europe as well but it is also the end of the English Easter holidays and a lot of people were returning home by land transport anyway.
“That’ll settle down but meanwhile, everyone’s still getting there one way or another,” she said.