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Holidaymakers urged to 'pack with care'

Britons taking flights to Spain over the festive season have been urged to pack their suitcases with care.

BAA, which operates several of the country's biggest airports, has warned passengers that hand-luggage restrictions still apply and that liquids over 100 ml are to be stored in the hold.

Sharp items such as tweezers and nail scissors are also prohibited and passengers are advised to leave their present wrapping until they reach their destination.

Ian Hutcheson, BAA security director, commented: "We want to ensure the security process is as efficient as possible, and so we’re advising passengers to check the hand baggage restrictions before they come to the airport.

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Record figures at Birmingham Airport

Despite the current economic downturn, it is business as usual for holidaymakers in Birmingham.

Birmingham International Airport has experienced its busiest November on record, with Brits clearly keen to escape the doom and gloom by taking holidays in La Manga Club and other sunny destinations.

Figures show that over 620,000 people passed through the airport during November, representing a 1.6 per cent increase on the same period in 2007.

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Millions of Brits prepare for 'great escape'

Millions of British holidaymakers are preparing to make their festive escape this weekend.

Figures from the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), show that three million Britons are set to travel between Christmas and New Year.

According to Abta, Britons are as keen as ever to take holidays to Spain and other sunny destinations, despite the current economic climate.

More than one million people will travel through Heathrow Airport, with Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester also expected to be particularly busy.

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Duty free increase is 'perfect timing'

The recent decision to increase duty free allowances has been welcomed by one organisation and described as "perfect timing".

It was decided earlier this month to raise the duty free allowance to £300 for people travelling to the UK, with that figure set to increase to £340 in January.

According to netflights.co.

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Spain set for mild winter

There is good news for those taking holidays to Spain over the coming months, after it was revealed that the country is set to enjoy a mild winter.

Spanish Meteorological Agency AHMET has predicted that an anticyclone will prevent rain for the majority of the country until at least Christmas day, reported Typically Spanish.

Furthermore, forecasters believe the next three months will be warmer than usual, with temperatures remaining mild until March.

The weather prediction is good news for those holidaying at La Manga Club during the winter months, with guests able to enjoy the resort's outdoor facilities.

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More Germans to take holidays in Spain

The number of Germans enjoying holidays in Spain is set to increase over the coming year, with a number of new flight routes set to open.

Air Berlin will soon begin operating more flights to El Altet Airport in Alicante, with some going via Palma de Mallorca.

The tourist industry in southern Spain is hoping the increase in German visitors will make up for the loss of any holidaymakers as a result of the current economic downturn, Typically Spanish reports.

El Altet is already one of Air Berlin's busiest Spanish destinations and the increase in flights is likely to bring an additional 150,000 German holidaymakers to the Costa Blanca area during the winter months.

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Brits snap up bargain flights to Spain

Budget carrier bmibaby has reported a surge in the number of Brits booking last-minute flights to Spain and other popular destinations.

The airline has slashed its prices on a number of routes from Manchester, Birmingham International and Cardiff International, with flights to Malaga available from just £24.99 including taxes and charges.

Since the start of the sale, traffic to the website has increased by 150 per cent, with bookings up 40 per cent, suggesting that despite the credit crunch, people are still eager to escape the UK.

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Brits choose 'classic holidays'


British holidaymakers are more likely to opt for "classic" trips to sunny destinations such as Spain, than take frequent city breaks, it has been claimed.

According to responsibletravel.com, as the downturn tightens its grip, holidaymakers will be forced to prioritise where travel is concerned.

Justin Francis, the company's managing director, commented: "Those that can afford additional breaks will explore much closer to home, particularly as the pound drops in value against the Euro - allowing them to save up the pennies and the annual leave for a longer annual holiday which will come in the form of classic, special travel experiences - those unforgettable once in a lifetime trips.

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January sales start early in Spain

Britons on holidays in Spain will be able to snap up January bargains earlier than normal this year.

Sales in the Andalucia region are starting on January 2nd this year, with many stores promising major discounts.

Shops in Spain usually begin their sales after the Day of the Three Kings; however, in order to boost sales stores are slashing their prices earlier, Typically Spanish reports.

The move has been welcomed by the region's councillor for tourism and trade Luciano Alonso, who thinks the measure will draw more people into the shops.

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Avoid money mishaps on holiday in Spain

Britons taking holidays in Spain can save hundreds of pounds by choosing the right credit card, it has been claimed.

According to Moneysupermarket, holidaymakers are] creating unnecessary stress for themselves by failing to notify their banks when they travel abroad.

Research carried out by the organisation revealed that one in nine people have had problems with using their cards and withdrawing cash when on holiday.

Just 31 per cent of people who travelled abroad this year informed their debit or credit card provider.

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