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Ryanair welcomes BAA break-up

Budget airline Ryanair has welcomed the Competition Commission's (CC's) decision to break up BAA's London airport monopoly.

The airport operator has been ordered to sell Gatwick and Heathrow Airport, as well as one of its Scottish airports.

According to Ryanair, the decision will lead to better services and cheaper prices for travellers.

Jim Callaghan, Ryanair's director of legal and regulatory affairs, said that BAA's monopoly means the needs of travellers have long been ignored.

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All-inclusive holidays 'on the rise'

More people are booking all-inclusive holidays to Spain and other sunny hotspots, it has been revealed.

The Daily Express reported last week that British tour operator Thomas Cook has seen a 50 per cent rise in the number of holidaymakers booking all-inclusive deals.

Thomson said it has also seen a significant increase in bookings, as people try to save money.

Francesca Ecsery, of Cheapflights.

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Brits plan to holiday as usual

Millions of Britons are still hoping to take holidays this year, it has been reported.

A study carried out recently by Avail intelligence found that people would rather cut back on day to day luxury items than give up their hard-earned breaks.

Of those polled, 59 per cent said they are cutting back on new clothes, while 41 per cent said they were spending fewer nights out on the town.

The survey revealed that 42 per cent of consumers have seen their disposable income drop by a fifth, TravelMole reports.

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Brits 'want to get away for less'

With the credit crunch continuing to bite, it will come as little surprise that an increasing number of people are planning to take budget breaks this year.

A new survey has revealed that Brits will be looking at price above everything else this year.

In the poll, which was conducted by Kayak.co.

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Flights to Spain 'could get cheaper'

Some British travellers could soon be paying less for their flights to Spain, it has been suggested.

According to the Daily Mail, the Competition Commission's decision to force BAA to sell three of its airports could mean that fares go down in the future.

Following a two-year investigation, it was ruled that BAA must sell Gatwick and Stansted Airport, as well as one of its Scottish airports.

Christopher Clarke, who chaired the inquiry, said the sale of the airports would lead to cheaper prices and improved levels of service.

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A wedding in Spain offers 'great value'

Weddings in Spain and other sunny destinations are becoming increasingly popular, particularly with couples tying the knot for the second time.

According to figures from wedding specialists Marry Abroad, the cost of getting hitched in the UK comes in at a whopping £20,000, compared to £5,000 for a wedding overseas.

"Second time marriages are popular abroad too so people who have done the big church wedding first time round and don't want to do it again, then choose to get married abroad," she commented.

Getting married in a country such as Spain also means there is less chance of rain.

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Holidays in Spain 'broaden the mind'

By taking their children to destinations such as Spain, parents can help to broaden their horizons, it has been claimed.

Speaking earlier this week, Ignacio vasallo, director of the Spanish Tourist Office, said that although some families may be planning to holiday in the UK this year, there are still some excellent deals on offer for holidays in Spain.

"Taking your children to a different country, and showing them a new culture, people, food, way of life and environment, is a fantastic opportunity for them and an unforgettable experience," he commented.

A holiday in Spain also guarantees great weather and plenty of time at the beach and by the pool, Mr Vasallo added.

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Costa Blanca is 'perfect' for Easter

The Costa Blanca has been named as one of the best places to take a family holiday this Easter.

According to Thomas Cook, the area is ideal for a holiday during the school break, with endless activities on offer to keep the children entertained.

The company described the Costa Blanca as a "playground of Easter treats" and claimed there is something there to suit holidaymakers of all tastes and ages.

"From tennis and golf, to watersports and thrilling rides at the legendary Terra Mitica theme park, Costa Blanca will ensure your Easter chicks are in a chirpy mood," the travel provider said.

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Hire car is 'best way to travel'

Travelling by hire car is the best way for those taking holidays in Spain to get around, it has been claimed.

According to Merinews.com, there are plenty of options available to Brits travelling to the Murcia and Alicante areas, with hire cars available at the airport and in resort centres.

The news provider advises holidaymakers to ensure they hire a car with air conditioning and take out extra insurance cover in order to avoid any nasty surprises when the vehicle is returned.

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Travelling without insurance is a 'false economy'

Those who take holidays to Spain and other destinations without travel insurance could end up facing a hefty bill if something goes wrong.

Andy Leadbetter, managing director for insurance at Moneysupermarket.com, said that whether holidaymakers are heading to the beach or the ski slopes, they should be very wary about travelling without cover.

"Whether you buy your cover on an annual basis or even at the airport before travelling, it’s an important addition for any holiday," he commented.

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