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'Battle of Britain' started war
Airlines cut transatlantic fares
By LYNN OSGOOL •
Daily Collegian Staff Writer
Ever since Freddie Laker introduced
his no frills Skytrain from New York to
London, transatlantic airlines have been
'competing with each other and coming
up with some new bargain-type fares to
complement their older repertoire.
Laker's flights, the Skytrains, ruh
round-trip from New York to London for
$236, about one-third the price of a
normal coach ticket. While the low
priced fares are a real plum for overseas
•travelers, there are certain regulations.
Since the flights are essentially an
experiment, Great Britain has limited
Laker's service to no more than 11
weekly flights each way during the peak
summer season and seven weekly flights
in winter. The plane's capacity is limited
to 345 passengers in summer and 189 in
Long, lines are almost synonomous
with Skytrain since tickets are sold on a
first-come firgt-served basis.
Passengers can't purchase tickets until
six hours before departure time,
however, and then on a cash or
traveler's checks basis only.
• Moving up about $2O on the price scale,
a consumer can find the budget and
stand-by flights. Both of these have
identical round-trip airfares from
London to New York, $256, but different
rules govern them.
Travelers on bargain flights can have
a confirmed seat by making reser
vations 21 days in advance of the Sunday
of the week they want to go. It might
sound confusing, but what it amounts to
is that the traveler can choose the week
in which he wants to go, but the airline
Jogger slightly injured by car
A woman was slightly injured Monday
afternoon when she was struck by a car
while jogging on Allen Street, University
Diane Rozo, 41 Edge Trail, Cun
ningham, was 'taken to Ritenour by
Bruce M. Siegenthaler, State College,
the operator of the car that struck Rozo.
Rozo was treated and released.
A door from a woman's restroom stall . -
in Sproul Hall was torn from its hinges, A parking meter, valued at $95, was
University police said. Loss was set at stolen over the weekend from the
$5OO. McAllister Street parking lot, State
College police said.
A female student in Stephens Hall told
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will specify the departure date, seven
days in advance.
Travelers on stand-by status have an
open stand-by ticket and must be at the
ticket counter at least three hours before
the flight's departure time to reserve a
Advanced Purchase Excursion fares
run $290 round-trip from New York to
London. APEX flights are booked in
advance so reservations and tickets
must be picked up and paid for at least 45
days in advance of the departure date.
The traveler has a confirmed date and
seat on an APEX flight, but the latter is
subject to what the airlines call "con
trolled capacity." This means that the
airline has allocated a specific number
of seats for APEX fares and that
seating, therefore, is limited.
The APEX fares have a minimum and
maximum-stay provision attached to
their fares. This winter, the minimum
stay is 14 days and the maximum 45
Once an APEX ticket has been issued,
the traveler is subject to a $5O or 10 per
cent penalty ( whichever is higher) if he
cancels, changes any date, or changes
the arrival or departure cities.
APEX fares also are subject to a
weekend surcharge which stipulates
anyone traveling on a Friday or
Saturday, or coming back on a Saturday
or Sunday is charged on additional $l5.
Youth fares to Europe have been
around much longer than Laker's
skytrain and its contemporaries. Youth
fares are more expensive than the newer
fares $47.3 .round-trip from New York
to London and can be used only if the
traveler is under 22 years old.
The advantage to these fares is that
University police an unknown male
entered her room at approximatCly 5
a.m. Saturday and exposed himself.
A house at 328 E. Mitchell Ave. was
broken into between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30
p.m. Monday, State College police said.
Police are unsure what was taken from
by Rich Ziemba
the traveler can request a specific
departure date and specific flight. His
reservations won't be confirmed,
however, until, fiv,e days before the
flight. This fare, unlike APEX, has no
minimum or maximum-stay provision
attached to it and its ticket is good for
There are in addition to these
"bargain" fares the standard offerings
of most transatlantic airlines first
class, regular coach, 14-21 day and 22-45
day excursion fares. The latter two, like
APEX, have minimum and maximum
stay provisions, but tickets for these
excursion fares do not have to be pur
chased in advance. ...
When all the prices for roundtrip
tickets from New York to London are
considered, Laker's fare at $236 emerges
as the least expensive. Following Laker
in increasing fare costs are the bargain
and stand-by fares ($256), APEX ($290),
22-45 day excursion ($467), 14-21 day
excursion ($541), regular coach ($626),
first class ($1312) and, of course, Con
corde, which if it gets regularly
scheduled flights from Kennedy to
Heathrow, will cost $1574.
A former Boalsburg resident and her
son were among those killed when an
earthen dam broke Sunday and sent a
wall of water rushing through the
sleeping community of Toccoa, Ga.
Cassandra Metzger, 28, and her son
Derek, 2, died in the flood waters that
flowed from the swollen Kelley Barnes
Lake, destroyed the Toccoa Falls Bible
College and lifted houses and mobile
homes from their foundations.
Mrs. Metzger was the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Ralph Jessop, 209 W. Main St.,
Her husband Jeffrey and another
child, Debbie, 7, survived the flood but
both were hospitalized. Metzger, who is
a student at the Bible college, is the son
of Fred L. Metzger, State College.
At least 38 persons died in the flood
and one person is still missing. All other
faculty, students and children
associated with the Toccoa Falls College
have been accounted for.
The Daily Collegian Wednesday, November 9, 1977-5