Sunday 24 February 2008

How Impatient Have We Become?

There was a time, not that long ago, when the Irish were prepared to travel abroad using whatever means necessary to get to their desired destination. Flying via anywhere was no problem. This appears to no longer be the case.

During the recent SBPost Property Expo I was enquiring from a number of exhibitors why they had ceased to sell property in particular areas. I was surprised by the uniformity of the answers - because there are no direct flights.

It would appear that we have now become accustomed to being able to fly directly to the destinations we seek, and are not prepared to settle for those that we cannot reach directly.

Gone are the days when we would settle for a brief layover in Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead or numerous 'hub' airports around Europe. Now it is direct or nothing.

This may not seem so preposterous but ten short years ago, when the Irish were bursting on to the overseas property scene with some aplomb, it was not unusual for those flying to Alicante or Malaga to have to fly through the UK, Madrid or Barcelona. Perish the thought today. Ryanair have ensured that, not alone do we now wish to fly directly to the area we want to visit (ok, Ryanair's interpretation of 'direct' and 'destination' can be somewhat laughable on occasion but that's a story for another thread) but they have also ensured that we wish to arrive in that destination without having had to take out a new mortgage to do so.

These are, no doubt, some of the quirks of the new 'Celtic Cubs'.

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