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Clean-up operation launched for Costa del Sol

A new initiative has been launched to ensure that the beaches of the Costa del Sol remain as clean as possible for holidaymakers.

Over the next three years, 25 "clean-up boats" will patrol the Spanish coast and make sure that the sea remains pristine for bathers, Typically Spanish reports.

"The operation will be split into three regions, Axarquia with 11 boats, Western Costa del Sol with 12 boats, and Malaga City with four boats," the news provider said.

Almost six million euros has been set aside to pay for the clean-up plan, with the majority being contributed by local authorities.

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Airports should 'improve without charging more'

British airport operators should make improvements without charging passengers more, it has been suggested.

According to consumer publication Which? Holiday, airports should not be introducing priority security lanes and charging passengers even more.

Jonathan Mitcham, a researcher at the magazine, said that passengers already pay for airport services when they buy their ticket and by introducing priority lanes for those taking flights to Spain and other destinations, travellers are being charged twice.

"With that particular thing, if it becomes popular it will just create a new long queue anyway and it shouldn't be necessary," he commented.

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Brits urged to get EHICs and travel insurance

Those taking holidays in Spain and other destinations should apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as well as taking out a travel insurance policy, it has been claimed.

According to insurance specialist Insurefor.com, many Brits simply forget to apply for EHICs or to renew them.

EHICs provide Britons with basic emergency medical cover when travelling within the European Economic Area.

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Flybe celebrates Newcastle appointment of Alan Shearer

Budget airline Flybe has celebrated the appointment of Alan Shearer as Newcastle's new manager by removing the black nose cone from its Kevin Keegan aircraft.

Back in 2008 the airline had celebrated the coming of Keegan by painting a life-size image of the man on one of its planes.

However, following his departure from the club the plane had its nose painted black in mourning.

Mike Rutter, chief commercial officer of Flybe, explained: "Only two events could have ever persuaded us to remove the black nose cone on our Kevin Keegan aircraft: either the return of Kevin as manager, or an acceptable replacement such as Alan Shearer.

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Airline prepares for 'bumper Easter'

With thousands of Brits preparing to take flights to Spain and other destinations, budget airline Flybe says it is looking forward to a busy Easter.

Despite the economic downturn, large numbers of Brits are still planning to jet abroad, the airline said.

Sales on Flybe's routes are said to be up eight per cent on last year, with load factors at 90 per cent for some services.

"With just days to go, we're forecasting a bumper Easter weekend and also experiencing a higher than average rate of last minute bookings," said Mike Rutter, the airline's chief commercial officer.

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Travellers want 'child-free zones'

Adults taking flights to Spain and other destinations would like to see child-free zones on planes.

A recent survey carried out by TripAdvisor revealed that 88 per cent of travellers without children would like to fly in peace and sit in a child-free section.

Around 76 per cent of British families are hoping to take a holiday to Spain and other destinations this year.

However, one in five parents admitted that travelling with kids causes them a headache, while 20 per cent said they would love to fly in a different section to their offspring.

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Demand for flights to Spain 'still strong'

Despite the recession, demand for flights to Spain is still strong.

That is according to low fare airline Monarch, which claims that demand for flights to mind-haul destinations such as Spain rose significantly during the month of March.

Liz Savage, managing director of Monarch Flights and Holidays, said that the airline's average load factor of 82.3 per cent was encouraging considering the current market conditions.

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Holidaymakers warned over 'currency commission myths'

Those taking holidays in Spain and other overseas destinations have been advised that currency providers offering zero per cent commission may not necessarily offer the cheapest services.

According to online currency provider FairFX.com, consumers are regularly being misled by these claims and often end up paying over the odds.

The true cost to consumers can often range between three and five per cent with high street providers and up to 15 per cent at some regional airports.

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Leonard Cohen to tour Spain

Those taking holidays in Spain this year will have the opportunity to see legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen live.

According to Typically Spanish, the Canadian star is set to complete a tour of Spain.

Dates have already been confirmed for gigs in Vigo, Gerona, Madrid, Granada, Bilbao and Barcelona and several more concerts are expected to be scheduled.

The prices of tickets have yet to be confirmed and it is expected that they will go on sale online in the coming months.

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Bmibaby unveils winter flight programme

In news which many be of interest to those booking flights to Spain, budget airline bmibaby has launched its 2009/10 winter flight programme.

The airline will fly to 19 European destinations during winter, including Spanish hotspots such as Malaga and Murcia.

Crawford Rix, managing director of the carrier, indicated that despite the economic downturn, bookings are still looking healthy.

"We have seen strong early bookings for summer 2009 as people are keen to save money by booking early.

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