The football (soccer) World Cup runs from 15th June to 15th July in Russia, a fact I had completely forgotten about and airlines have hiked their prices up to ridiculous levels for European flights between those dates.
My brother is having a 60th birthday party on the 7th of July, a date which he had already moved forward from June because of the imminent birth of two grandchildren. Yesterday I checked with Iberia only to find a return flight in those dates is around US$2600, where one would normally expect to pay around US$1400.
This has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons somewhat and bearing in mind he invited people already from far and wide, he's going to try and move the date again to August, when the effing World Cup will be well and truly over. (Yesterday Argentina went down 6-1 to Spain by the way in a friendly).
Thanks for holding us to ransom, nice airlines and no, I'm not going to fly cramped in a budget cattle van.