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Monarch reports 'strong demand'

There is a healthy demand for flights to Spain and other popular destinations this Easter, as Brits jet abroad in search of some sunshine.

According to figures from low fares airline Monarch, bookings for this year's Easter weekend are up 18 per cent on the same period last year.

Liz Savage, managing director of Monarch flights and holidays, says that despite slow bookings at the start of the year, demand has surged in the last month.

"It's going to be a bumper Easter for travel this year as more passengers than ever look to get away and take advantage of the great low fares currently available in the market," she commented.

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'Millions' of holidaymakers to jet abroad

Millions of Brits are planning to jet abroad this Easter, it has been claimed.

According to estimates from Abta – The Travel Association, around two million people will be leaving the country over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Spain is expected to be one of the most popular destinations over the next two weeks, with people eager to soak up some sunshine after the long winter.

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of Abta, said that many people have left it until the last minute to book their holidays this year, due to current economic situation.

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Holidays in Spain 'still a good choice'

Holidays in Spain are still a good choice for British holidaymakers, it has been suggested.

The euro may have strengthened against the pound, however other currencies have also gained strength, which means that in many cases, Spain is no more expensive than other destinations, according to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (Aito).

Aito chairman Derek Moore said that when people realise that prices have also risen in other countries they will begin to drift back to Spain.

"People will get used to the high prices and tour operators are starting to put out a lot of special offers so that will tempt people back," he added.

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Enjoy the 'perfect' Easter escape

Brits taking holidays in Spain this year have been offered some tips on enjoying the perfect "Easter eggscape".

According to travel firm Thomas Cook, families taking flights to Spain and other destinations should allow themselves plenty of time to travel to the airport and consider possible traffic delays.

Taking a supply of food and drink is also advisable, particularly for those travelling with small children.

Filling up your car with petrol the day before your journey to the airport can save time and the company advises holidaymakers to get their currency changed in advance.

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Ryanair launches charge suggestion poll

The five top entries in Ryanair's recent discretionary charge competition have been unveiled.

Last month the airline invited passengers to submit their suggestions on how it could raise more money by charging for extra services.

Members of the public can now vote on their top choice from one of five options on Ryanair's website.

Top suggestions include charging travellers £1 to use toilet roll with Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary's face on it, as well as introducing a fee for overweight passengers.

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Airports prepare for busy weekend

Britain's airports are preparing for one of the busiest times of the year as millions of people jet off abroad to take holidays to Spain and other popular places.

It seems that despite the economic doom and gloom, many people are still reluctant to sacrifice their hard-earned breaks.

Nick Barton, commercial and development director at Stansted Airport, said that huge numbers of people will be travelling over the coming days.

"We may be in times of economic difficulty, but with nearly quarter of a million people already booked to travel through Stansted this Easter weekend, there can be no doubt that people still want to take time to get away," he added.

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'Excellent deals' available on European holidays

There are still good deals to be had on holidays to Spain and other European destinations, it has been claimed.

Although the pound has lost strength against the euro over the last year, there are still some great value options, according to travel portal trivago.

Sian Williams, a spokesperson for the company, said that many people do not realise how much they can save by shopping around and comparing the price of flights.

Holidaymakers are also advised to consider the time of year they want to travel and to remember that prices are usually higher during the school holidays.

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Airport currency exchange is 'more expensive'

Those taking holidays in Spain this Easter have been advised against changing money at the airport.

Currency provider HiFX said that those changing their money at the last minute could end up paying over the odds.

Mark Bodega, director of the company, said holidaymakers should be looking to save as much money as possible during the current economic climate.

"If you wait until you're in the airport to buy currency then you won't know if you are being offered a good rate or a bad rate because you'll have nothing to compare it with," he explained.

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Holidays in Spain have 'youth appeal'

Young holidaymakers are heading to Spain in droves, it has been claimed.

While the number of Brits taking holidays this year may be down on previous times, the credit crunch has not deterred young people from jetting abroad.

According to a recent study by the Co-operative Travel, there has been an increase in the number of people under the age of 30 booking holidays in Spain.

The Costa Blanca is the fifth most popular destination for young holidaymakers, TravelMole reports.

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Pet Shop Boys to perform in Spain

British duo the Pet Shop Boys are set to perform in Spain later this year.

According to Typically Spanish, tickets for the concerts have now gone on sale and cost around 38 euros each.

They will be performing concerts in Madrid and Barcelona to promote their latest album, with gigs taking place on July 7th and July 8th.

In related news, Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen is also set to perform in the country this year.

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