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Ryanair to carry 2.5m travellers over festive season

Budget carrier Ryanair is set to transport 2.5 million passengers on flights to Spain and other destinations over the festive period.

The airline noted that one in four of its customers are travelling for less than £10 after snapping up discounted tickets during October and November.

Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara commented: "This year more families will flock to the sun and the slopes thanks to our heavily discounted Christmas fares.

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Airlines increase Glasgow capacity to fill Flyglobespan gap

Glasgow Airport has secured hundreds of extra flights from carriers such as Virgin Atlantic, Thomson and Thomas Cook in order to fill the gap left by Flyglobespan, it has revealed.

A number of airlines - including Flybe and easyJet - are also offering special fares on flights for customers affected by the collapse of the Scottish company.

Holidaymakers planning to book flights to Spain may be interested to learn that Thomas Cook has already announced extra winter services to Alicante and Tenerife.

Amanda McMillian, managing director of Glasgow Airport, commented: "The majority of flyglobespan's routes were popular sunspot destinations that are already served by other well established carriers.

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EasyJet extends flight rescue package

Budget airline easyJet has extended its rescue package to help stranded Flyglobespan passengers return to the UK.

The carrier is offering a special fare of £60 including taxes for holidaymakers booking flights from France, Switzerland, mainland Spain, the Balearics and Portugal back to Britain.

Passengers stranded in other areas, including Cyprus and Egypt, have been offered a special rescue fare of £80.

In addition, the airline has announced plans to offer special fares to passengers due to travel on Flyglobespan routes that directly overlap with easyJet.

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Abta calls for airlines to have financial protection

Abta – The Travel Associaiton is calling for the government to take action following the failure of Scotland's largest airline Flyglobespan.

The organisation said passengers on flights to Spain and other destinations should be offered the same level of protection as those booking package holidays.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer commented: "The government must take action so that airline customers are no longer treated as second class citizens and have the same level of protection that tour operators have provided to their customers for over 30 years."

He added that once more passengers have been left stranded as a result of a carrier going bust and said they are likely to be left out of pocket.

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Majority of Brits 'planning winter holidays'

Despite the economic downturn, Brits are still keen to take holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been revealed.

In a recent poll carried out by Monarch, 86 per cent of respondents said they are planning to escape to warmer climes this winter.

The airline revealed that between December 18th and January 4th it expects to transport around 140,000 British holidaymakers to hotspots such as Murcia, Alicante and Malaga.

"If you haven't yet booked and fancy enjoying the festivities away from home or seeing the new year in overseas it's not too late to grab a great deal to the sun with Monarch," the carrier noted.

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Ryanair announces new Malaga base

Budget airline Ryanair has announced plans to open its 38th base at Malaga Airport.

The airline will introduce 19 new routes at the hub from June 2010, meaning it will operate 39 services from there in total.

According to Ryanair, the move will create 200 jobs and lead to an investment of $250 million in the airport.

Passengers will be able to book flights from Malaga to destinations including Paris, Oslo, Zaragoza and Santiago, as well as Tampere, Valladolid, Venice and Wroclaw.

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Ryanair launches seat sale

Holidaymakers planning to book flights to Spain may be interested to learn that budget airline Ryanair has launched a new seat sale.

The carrier is offering £5 flights on over 500 routes for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in January.

According to the airline, tickets must be booked before midnight on Thursday December 17th.

Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara commented: "Only Ryanair sells Europe's lowest fares with a no fuel surcharge guarantee.

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Ryanair launches seat sale

Holidaymakers planning to book flights to Spain may be interested to learn that budget airline Ryanair has launched a new seat sale.

The carrier is offering £5 flights on over 500 routes for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in January.

According to the airline, tickets must be booked before midnight on Thursday December 17th.

Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara commented: "Only Ryanair sells Europe's lowest fares with a no fuel surcharge guarantee.

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Flying with a budget airline 'could be a false economy'

The cost of a budget flight to Spain can increase significantly when baggage charges and credit card fees are factored in, it has been revealed.

Figures compiled by consumer publication Which? Holiday found that additional fees can increase the cost of a ticket by up to 30 per cent.

The publication noted that the price of a flight to Malaga rose by 23 per cent when one piece of luggage was checked in and the booking was made on a credit card.

Rochelle Turner, head of research at the publication, commented: "It's hard to believe that any airline could justify increasing the ticket price by almost a third just for checking a bag into the hold and paying on a credit card - two services that not too long ago were included in the headline price.

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Business travellers reveal top annoyances

Frequent business travellers have revealed the things that annoy them most when taking flights to Spain and other destinations.

In a poll carried out by Jurys Inns, not being able to find a good hotel was named as the biggest annoyance, followed by forgetting to check in online for a flight.

Other top traveller irks include dull bathroom lighting, forgetting to pack a mobile phone charger and missing breakfast because of an early meeting.

Commenting on the findings, Jurys Inns chief executive John Brennan said: "Unlike holidaymakers, business travellers are on tight schedules and it's the simple things like printing out a guest's boarding pass or having a supply of mobile chargers handy for guests which can ensure a hiccup free stay.

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