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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, 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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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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Brits 'reluctant to sacrifice holidays'

Brits are reluctant to sacrifice their holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been suggested.

According to Skyscanner, the number of people searching for flights during the first quarter of his year is up 54 per cent on the same period in 2008.

Gareth Willims, chief executive at the flight search engine, said that people may be feeling the need to escape the doom and gloom.

"They are determined to find the very best deals possible and they are less keen on sites that charge commission, or sites which expect them to trawl through different dates and destinations one by one to find the best offers," he commented.

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Flybe urges government to scrap tax plans

Low fares airline Flybe is urging the government to shelve its plans to introduce Air Passenger Duty in November.

The carrier said it has written a letter to chancellor Alistair Darling suggesting that the government follow the lead set by the Dutch authorities, which last week abolished Air Passenger Tax for travellers.

Mike Rutter, Flybe's chief commercial officer, said although it is unlikely the government will abolish its tax plan completely, they could consider putting it on ice.

"Such a move would be a tangible stimulus to the British economy and send out a very clear message that the government cares about industries other than just the banking sector," he added.

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Ryanair takes delivery of 200th aircraft

Budget airline Ryanair, which operates regular flights to Spain, has taken delivery of its 200th Boeing 737-800 next generation aircraft.

The airline anticipates that it will carry around 78 million passengers over the coming year and claims that their average fare is now just 34 euros.

To celebrate the arrival of its newest plane, the airline has launched a sale offering one million seats for ten euros for selected flights across its European network during the months of April, May and June.

Ryanair spokesman Staphen McNamara said the airline is proud to be operating the "youngest, greenest and most fuel efficient fleet of any major European airline".

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Generation Y set to 'travel more'

Today's young people – Generation Y – will travel abroad more than previous generations, it has been claimed.

Speaking recently at a travel expo in London, Avinash Lalwani, director of global financial services at airports for American Express, suggested that the younger generation are keen to stay connected and will begin to travel more within the next two years.

"This is a very technologically savvy generation who are very educated, knowledgeable about things that are happening around the world. This generation is always online and always stay connected," he commented.

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