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Norwich Airport "looking to replace Flybe's Alicante service"

Norwich International has expressed its desire to convince an airline carrier to operate flights from the airport to Malaga and Alicante, it has been reported.

According to the Norwich Evening News, the airport is keen to find a replacement service after budget operator Flybe decided its winter service to the two destinations was no longer viable.

As a result, flights will cease from November - and while airport managing director Richard Jenner admits it will be hard to find an immediate substitute, he did reveal negotiations are currently underway to secure the route's long-term future.

So far, two airlines are interested in plugging the gap, Mr Jennings said, with "good progress" apparently being made in preliminary talks.

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St Andrews breaks down barriers by hosting Women's British Open

History is being made at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews this week as it plays host to a women's professional golf tournament for the first time.

For over 250 years, the Royal & Ancient clubhouse - which nestles behind the first tee - has been exclusively reserved for males, but for the duration of the Women's British Open it will be open to all.

Indeed, Janice Moody - a 34-year-old pro from Scotland - reportedly became the first mother to change a nappy in the clubhouse in its 253-year history when her son Craig found himself in need of attention.

Women have been permitted to play the Old Course, though, for the last 30 years.

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British prodigy follows Beckham from La Manga to America

An 18-year-old from Lymm, Manchester, is following in the footsteps of football megastar David Beckham by journeying to the US to pursue a professional career in "soccer".

To continue the comparison, Charlotte Robertson has even met the England star twice before - once at the La Manga resort in Spain, and also at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium.

However, it appears that Ms Robertson didn't make much of an impression the first time around: "I don't think he remembered me, he said he didn't anyway," she told the Manchester evening News.

Beckham had been at La Manga with the England team, where they made use of the world-class training facilities, temperate climate and luxury accommodation.

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Spain still top holiday destination choice

Spain remains the most popular destination for British tourists, newly released figures have revealed.

Foreign Office statistics show that nearly 14 million Brits opted for a Spanish holiday between April 2005 and March last year, compared with the 11 million who chose nearest rival France as a destination.

Ireland came in third with 4.2 million visitors, the US fourth with four million, and Italy completed the top five with 3.

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Murcia International Airport construction contracts signed

The region of Murcia's proposed international airport has moved a step closer following the signing of a construction and management contract, it has been reported.

According to typicallyspanish.com, the contract was awarded to Aeromur SA, a consortium comprised of Sacyr, the Caja de Ahorros de Murcia, the Caja Mediterraneo, Grupo Corporative Fuertes, Montoro e Hijos, Cementos La Cruz and Inocsa Ingenieria.

Construction is due to start in 2008, and the project is set for completion in 2010.

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La Manga trip proves beneficial for Dunfermline star

A trip to the La Manga Club in Spain has hastened a professional footballer's rehabilitation from a serious knee injury, it has been reported.

Surgery on Greg Ross' left knee caused him to miss both the chance to appear in the Tennent's Scottish Cup final with Dunfermline and Scotland's under-20 world cup campaign - while he is also set to be unavailable for at least the first two months of the coming season.

However, a trip to the La Manga Club for some pre-season training - even though he was only able to take part in gym sessions - provided him with a much-needed boost.

"I never expected to go to La Manga," Ross explained in the Tayside and Fife Courier.

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British tourists boost Spain's holiday market

Spanish holidays are becoming increasingly popular, newly released figures show.

Data released by Spain's ministry of industry, commerce and tourism reveal the number of tourists arriving in Spain reached 5.8 million in June - up 4.8 per cent on a year ago.

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Cheap flights boost Spanish holiday market

The popularity of Spanish holidays can be explained in part by the availability of cheap flights to the region, it has been claimed.

According to Andy Welland from Propertyshowrooms.com, the proliferation of flights to the country means the Spanish tourism industry is particularly vibrant.

In contrast, the seasonal nature of the Greek and Cypriot tourism industries means there are fewer lights to the area in off-peak times - further impacting on demand during these periods as holidays become more expensive.

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Booty and Stretch to go separate ways after US Open

British doubles specialist Jamie Murray - brother of top-20 singles player Andy - has announced he is to split with his men's doubles partner Eric Butorac after the US Open.

The pair - nicknamed 'Booty' (Butorac) and 'Stretch' (Murray) have won three titles so far this year - in Memphis, Nottingham and San Jose.

Murray also teamed up with Serbian star Jelena Jankovic to win the mixed doubles title at this year's Wimbledon.

"Booty and Stretch will be no more after the US Open.

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