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Half of Brits support Heathrow expansion

Almost half of Brits are in support of the controversial Heathrow expansion plans, it has been revealed.

A survey commissioned by Holiday Extras found that 49.5 per cent of people are eager to see the construction of a third runway and believe it will provide a vital boost for the country's economy.

Mike Whiting, managing editor at Holiday Extras, said that given the recent media attention and protests, it was surprising to see that so many travellers are in support of the expansion.

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Manchester airport awarded 'Carbon Standard'

Those taking flights to Spain may be interested to learn that Manchester Airport has been awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard.

The Carbon Trust was established in 2001 and the Standard is presented to organisations that are making a conscious effort to manage and reduce their carbon emissions.

Andrew Cornish, marketing director at Manchester Airport, commented: "The money saved from energy efficiency measures feeds back into the business and reduces our operating costs, which is very important in a highly competitive industry like ours, where we are under increasing pressure to lower charges to our customers."

He added that the Standard award is a way of demonstrating to stakeholders and passengers that real progress is being made.

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Join the 'Wine Club' at La Manga

Guests at La Manga Club can enjoy fine wine and great company every third Thursday evening as part of the resort's new Wine Club.

This month's Wine Club event takes place on February 19th in the Piano Bar and guests can sample cheeses and an extensive collection of wines.

Selected wines can also be purchased at a discounted price over the course of the evening.

A spacious and modern area, the Piano Bar at La Manga Club is open nightly from 7pm and as well as enjoying fine wines, guests can sample a selection of flavoured vodkas and of Asian and Middle Eastern tapas.

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Spanish experts assess prehistoric cave paintings

A number of historians from Spain, France and Portugal have converged on Guadalteba (Malaga) to look at ways of attracting more visitors to the area's three prehistoric caves.

The caves of Ardales, El Cantal (Rincon de la Victoria) and La Pileta all contain ancient paintings and experts are looking at ways of improving lighting and making the complex more interesting for tourists, Euro Weekly reports.

"Some experts claim that in light of the three caves' relative underserved anonymity, new management systems need to be introduced to make these historical jewels better known, accessible and well presented to visitors," the newspaper said.

Historians believe that the paintings in Guadalteba are just as significant as the Magdalenian paintings of the Altamira cave, Cantabria, which were uncovered in 1879.

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Aer Lingus to launch new flights to Spain

Irish airline Aer Lingus says it will create more than 160 jobs at Gatwick Airport when it launches new flights to Spain and other destinations later this year.

From April the airline will begin offering services to destinations including Faro, Malaga, Munich, Nice, Vienna, Dublin and Knock.

According to the BBC, the carrier will now be in competition with easyJet, which also offers regular flights to Spain.

"We're investing four aircraft initially, going to eight within a year and we see this as a market that is underserved and we intend to serve it for the long-haul," a spokesperson for the company said.

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Travel insurance 'should be a top priority'

Almost half of Brits are planning to cut back on financial products such as travel insurance and car finance schemes this year, a new survey has revealed.

Research by American Express found that one in four people are looking to axe their travel insurance policies before their next holiday.

Chris Rolland, head of American Express Insurance Services, said the findings were "worrying" and warned that cutting back on protection could be a costly mistake.

"This may well be a false economy as people could end up paying out much more than they bargained for if something should happen.

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New Tiravanija installation opens in Malaga

Renowned Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija has unveiled a new installation at Malaga's Contemporary Arts Centre.

His work is currently on display in one of the centre's large halls and those visiting the exhibit can help themselves to a free t-shirt, complete with the slogan 'You Can't Simulate Freedom', Euro Weekly reports.

The exhibition, entitled 'A Long March', is an "opportunity to reflect upon the idea of being free, understood as an excuse to face reality in a superficial way".

Human interaction forms part of the exhibition and visitors are invited to participate by taking part in a demonstration in the centre.

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Enjoy a holiday 'for the cost of a night out'

Those considering a holiday may be surprised to learn that a flight to Spain can cost the same as a night out.

Research carried out by leading budget carrier bmibaby found that 41 per cent of people spend between £21 and £40 on a typical night out with friends.

However, according to the airline, a flight to Spain can cost as little as £34.99 including taxes.

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Superstitious travellers 'avoid Friday 13th'

It seems that even the prospect of a beach and some sunshine isn't enough to tempt some superstitious Brits into travelling on Friday 13th.

A poll carried out by travel review website TripAdvisor has found that a quarter of people feel anxious about travelling on this supposedly unlucky day.

It seems that many people are superstitious about the number 13 in general, with one in ten saying they regularly avoid seats and rows carrying this number.

Furthermore, nine per cent of holidaymakers refuse to stay in a number 13 hotel room.

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All-inclusive holidays 'help travellers budget'

Opting to holiday on an all-inclusive basis or staying at a resort that offers plenty of leisure and entertainment options can help travellers to plan their budgets more effectively, it has been suggested.

Kayte Williams, holidays travel manager at Travelsupermarket, said an increasing number of Brits are snapping up all-inclusive deals.

"It helps people plan. They know essentially what the cost of the holiday is upfront, and they can then take a holiday and know what money they need," she commented.

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