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German holidaymakers 'are biggest spenders'

Germans have the most cash to splash when it comes to holidays, new research has revealed.

A poll by travel search site Skyscanner found that travellers from this country spend more than $90 billion on flights to Spain and other destinations.

Holidaymakers from the US spend the second highest sum, while Brits pay out around $68.5 billion for their breaks abroad.

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'Shop around' for currency when taking holidays in Spain

Brits booking flights to Spain and taking a break at La Manga Club this year have been advised to do their homework and shop around for a good deal on foreign exchange.

According to Moneysupermarket.com, a person buying €1000 from Travelex at Heathrow Airport can expect to pay an average of £68 more than someone withdrawing euros on their debit or credit card.

Travel money expert Peter Harrison commented: "Using an appropriate product can save holidaymakers a packet and there are several different options available to savvy travellers.

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Ryanair unveils 25 new routes

Brits planning to book flights to Spain in the near future may be interested to learn that budget airline Ryanair has launched a total of 25 new routes.

These include new services to and from Alicante airport, which is within easy reach of a number of top resorts, such as La Torre, La Manga and Mar Menor
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Stephen McNamara, a spokesman for the airline, commented: "Ryanair continues to develop great new routes so that passengers can beat the recession by flying at Ryanair's guaranteed lowest fares and no fuel surcharges to exciting destinations all over Europe."

To celebrate the launch of the new routes, the carrier has slashed the cost of fares during late February and March by up to 30 per cent.

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Ryanair launches new flights to Spain

Irish holidaymakers planning to book flights to Spain this summer may be interested to learn that budget airline Ryanair has launched a number of new routes from Cork.

In total, seven new summer services will be in operation, with the airline planning to temporarily base one of its planes at the hub during June, July and August.

Passengers flying from Cork will now be able to book flights to destinations including Alicante, Barcelona and Malaga.

Commenting on the news, Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary said: "Ryanair's seven summer peak routes will mean that for the first time the people of Cork can escape to the sun by availing of Ryanair's guaranteed lowest fares, avoiding Aer Lingus' high fares.

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Manchester Airport passengers 'to be scanned'

Brits taking flights to Spain and other destinations may be interested to learn that body scanners are now in use at Manchester Airport.

Passengers travelling through Terminal 2 will be asked to use the machines at random.

Under new rules, anyone refusing a scan will not be permitted to continue on their journey.

Manchester Airport's head of customer experience Sarah Barrett said the technology will make travel safer for everyone.

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Majority 'in favour of fat tax on flights to Spain'

The majority of people are in favour of the introduction of a tax for overweight passengers on flights to Spain and elsewhere, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by travel search site Skyscannner found that 76 per cent of people would like to see large travellers charged more.

The company's director and co-founder Barry Smith said that so-called fat taxes are a sensitive issue for airlines.

He noted that on one hand, it is not unreasonable for carriers to charge passengers more if they take up two seats.

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Businesses 'paying over the odds for flights to Spain'

Businesses are wasting millions of pounds by shunning budget airlines in favour of premium carriers, it has been claimed.

According to easyJet, companies sending employees on work-related journeys to destinations such as Spain can save around £100 on a return trip by flying on a low-fare service.

Paul Simmons, easyJet's UK general manger, said businesses are paying over the odds and shelling out too much for their flights to Spain and elsewhere.

"We encourage travel procurement managers to seriously challenge the way they go about lowering travel costs.

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Holidays in Spain 'will prove popular this year'

Holidays in Spain are likely to be on the agenda for many Brits this year, it has been suggested.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Frank Mawer said that the country suffered last year as a result of currency exchange rates.

However, he noted that tour operators are keen to boost tourist numbers this year and are offering some excellent deals on flights to Spain and packages.

"Spanish holidays this summer may in fact work out less expensive than in a rival destination outside the Eurozone thought of as cheaper," he commented.

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Airport hotels 'see bookings increase'

Brits booking flights to Spain may be interested to learn that many of the country's airport hotels saw a significant surge in bookings during the recent cold snap, it has been revealed.

According to HolidayExtras.com, thousands of travellers were unwilling to take chances with the traffic and opted to stay close to the airport.

During the peak of the severe weather, some hotels saw up to a 68 per cent increase in reservations, compared to the same period in 2008.

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Holidays in Spain 'are a favourite for Brits'

Spain is still a firm favourite with British holidaymakers, it has been claimed.

Francesca Ecsery, global sales director of Cheapflights.co.uk, suggested that it has a great deal to offer travellers, including reliable weather and stunning scenery.

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