NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 22, 1978
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(Studio) Report on changes being caused by low fares now offered by airlines to fly between United States and Europe.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(London, England) Details given about airlines' offerings of varying low fares for flights to Europe from US; Carter administration support of this movement noted. Advantages to passengers and to airlines examined. Case of Martha and Molly Turner, flying to Europe from Dulles Airport in DC, given as example [Pan Am spokesperson Erastus CORNING III - states airline's estimate of percentage of passengers who wouldn't have flown without lower fares.] Time of flight from Washington, DC to London's Heathrow Airport mentioned. Discoveries by those who use cheap flight that European prices don't match low airline fares cited; details given. Problems brought on for tourists in getting accommodations due to uncertainty or short time factors involved in low-cost fares outlined. Tourist bureaus' efforts to develop programs for new kind of travelers reported [London Tourist Board spokesperson Julia JACKSON - says her office provides basic, no-frills accommodations for tourists on budget.] Incr. in airline passenger loads to Europe noted. [Mrs. TURNER - didn't expect to see Queen Elizabeth.]
REPORTER: Garrick Utley