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EasyJet 'to carry 900,000 Brits this Christmas'

A record-breaking 900,000 Brits are set to take to the skies with budget airline easyJet this Christmas, it has been revealed.

According to the airline, this represents a six per cent rise compared with last year.

Flights to Spain are proving particularly popular this year, with Brits flocking to hotspots such as Malaga, Alicante and Barcelona.

Paul Simmons, easyJet's UK general manager, said staycations are clearly yesterday's news.

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Passengers urged to check baggage restrictions before flying

Trying to prepare the family for a holiday in Spain at Christmas can be a busy time for parents, between packing and making sure no presents are left behind.

However, those taking flights to Spain over the festive season have been urged to check their airline baggage restrictions before leaving.

According to Stansted Airport, holidaymakers should ensure they pack any sharp objects such as tweezers in their hold luggage as these are not permitted in the general onboard cabin area.

Passengers are also reminded that any liquids being carried in hand luggage must be stored in containers with a capacity of no more than 100mls.

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Take "the right plastic" on holiday to Spain

Brits jetting off on holiday to Spain this winter have been urged to "get the right plastic" before leaving the UK. said travellers can save a considerable amount by doing their homework and shopping around for the right card.

Travel money expert Peter Harrison said that opting for a prepaid card may be a good idea for taking a flight to Spain this winter.

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Top tips for avoiding flu on flights to Spain

Holidaymakers taking flights to Spain and other popular destinations have been offered some tips on how to avoid catching flu.

According to travel comparison site, there are a number of steps travellers can take to stay free of illnesses.

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Work on Alicante Airport 'progressing well'

Modernisation work at Alicante Airport is progressing well, it has been reported.

According to Typically Spanish, the new terminal is expected to open its doors towards the end of 2010.

Those planning to book flights to Spain may be interested to learn that the building will be eight stories high, increasing passenger capacity from 12.2 million to 20 million.

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New survey reveals top airport irritations

A new survey has revealed the things that irritate travellers the most when taking holidays to Spain and other destinations.

Carried out by flight search site Skyscanner, the survey found that dishonest announcements regarding delayed flights are the most annoying aspect of flying, with 27 per cent of people claiming that this irks them.

Barry Smith, the website's director and co-founder, said passengers appreciate clarity and like to be told about delays as early as possible.

"Telling you a flight will be 30 minutes late, then other 30 minutes late, then another – when they know full well that the plane hasn't even left its departure airport – is extremely annoying and downright dishonest," he added.

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Ryanair announces deal with Mastercard Prepaid

Those booking flights to Spain from December can escape Ryanair's transaction charge by paying with a Mastercard prepaid card, it has been announced.

The airline revealed earlier this week that the card will be the only free form of payment for bookings made using its website.

Ryanair currently has a similar deal with Visa Electron – however, this will end on December 31st.

Commenting on the plans, the airline's spokesman Stephen McNamara said: "Ryanair encourages all passengers to sign up to the widely available Mastercard Prepaid so that they can continue to snap up unbeatable fares such as the 250,000 €5 (£4.

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EasyJet launches online check-in for passengers with hold baggage

Those planning to escape the chilly weather in the UK and book flights to Spain may be interested to learn that easyJet has launched a new online check-in service for passengers carrying hold baggage.

Travellers using the airline's website to check in can then deposit their suitcase at the luggage drop area once they reach the airport – helping to reduce queuing time.

According to easyJet, the system will help to ensure that travellers enjoy a faster and less stressful experience when they take holidays to Spain and other destinations.

Dana Dune, the carrier's chief commercial officer, commented: "Most customers with hold bags can now pre-print their boarding passes for both outward and return journeys before leaving home - and get through the airport quicker too.

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Ryanair announced 'May Madness' sale

Budget airline Ryanair has launched a new May Madness sale, offering up to 75 per cent off its lowest fares.

Those looking for flights to Spain and other destinations must book before midnight on Sunday and tickets are valid for travel in late May, June and early July.

Speaking today, Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara said fares are available from as little as £2.50.

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Sunshine is 'most important holiday factor'

Warm weather is the most important factor for tourists when choosing a holiday destination, it has been revealed.

In a recent survey carried out by flight search engine Skyscanner, 20 per cent of people said the weather influenced their decisions.

A further 17 per cent said that price is important, while 13 per cent said they like to travel to destinations where they can experience interesting and exotic cultures.

Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder and director, said the poll demonstrates that Brits are as keen as ever to escape the gloomy weather and jet abroad to sunny destinations such as Spain.

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