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Holidaymakers 'opposed to check-in fees'

More than a third of British holidaymakers say the idea of paying to check luggage in outrages them.

In a recent poll by Holiday Extras, 38 per cent of people said they would not be willing to pay for a suitcase to be carried in the hold.

However, nine per cent said they would be happy to avoid extra charges on flights to Spain and other destinations by just taking hand-luggage.

David Stratton, a spokesman for Holiday Extras, said that the majority of short-haul airlines have now introduced charges in a bid to encourage passengers to carry less luggage and check in online.

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People 'won't give up' hard-earned holidays

People will not let the recession stand in the way of them taking their hard-earned holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been suggested.

According to online travel agency On the Beach, many Brits are looking at ways to keep their holiday costs down rather than cancelling their break completely.

A recent survey carried out by the site found that 49 per cent of people will be taking fewer excursions during their holiday this year, while 32 per cent intend to spend a week abroad rather than two.

Simon Cooper, chief executive of On the Beach, commented: "Cutting out these luxuries, means consumers can still escape the doom and gloom of the financial crisis and unwind in the sun.

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Liverpool John Lennon Airport prepares for 'Easter exodus'

Around 60,000 passengers will pass through Liverpool's John Lennon Airport between Good Friday and Easter Monday, making it the busiest weekend of the year.

Despite the credit crunch, Brits are making the most of the low fares available and taking flights to Spain and other destinations to soak up some sunshine, the airport said.

Andy Gower, airport director, commented: "Passengers appear to be looking to cheer themselves up, escaping to enjoy the long weekend for either some warmer weather, late season skiing and even for city breaks to the many destinations currently available from Liverpool."

Some of the most popular destinations include sunny Mediterranean hotspots such as the Costa Blanca and Malaga.

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Spain offers 'great value for money'

Brits looking for great value should consider a holiday in Spain this year, it has been suggested.

Although the euro has recently strengthened against the pound, prices in Spain have not increased as much as they have in some non-euro destinations.

According to the Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer, the price of a typical basket of food in Turkey cost £46.08 in 2007, compared to £55.

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Deciding on holiday duration 'is an important decision'

Deciding how long to spend away on holiday is an important decision that people should consider carefully, it has been claimed.

According to Saga, there are several factors that people should take into account, such as whether they are travelling alone and how quickly you become bored.

A recent poll carried out by the firm revealed that 26 per cent of Brits have felt bored at some point during a holiday, while right per cent spend time worrying about work.

The research also revealed that the majority of Brits like to holiday with their partners.

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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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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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