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Tips offered to Heathrow travellers

Britons taking flights to Spain who were recently inconvenienced by the delays at London Heathrow Airport's new Terminal 5 have been issued with advice from one commentator.

During delays at Terminal 5, thousands of passengers were delayed and around 200 flights were cancelled. Additionally, more than 15,000 bags and cases have been lost or misdirected.

More Than has therefore issued advice on how to move forward, including tips such as asking your airline for a refund or to be booked on to an alternative flight to Spain.

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Brits take flights to Spain for golf breaks with Monarch

Golf breaks to Spain are popular, it has been revealed, with Monarch Airlines being revealed to be a popular airline with whom to take flights to Spain for such golfing holidays.

The airline was named Official Airline Partner for two large golf shows - London Golf Show and the NEC Golf Show in Birmingham.

According to Monarch, 78 per cent of golfers that fly with it take two or more overseas golf holidays a year.

"Research that we conducted in 2007 has proven golf as one of the leading hobbies for Monarch customers, which is reflective of the destinations to which we fly throughout Europe," managing director of Monarch Airline's scheduled division Liz Savage commented.

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Spanish holidays 'popular by sea'

It is not only flights that provide access to luxury holidays in Spain, with many holidaymakers cruising into Spain's harbours by ship.

And according to Cruise Critic, the Spanish holiday city of Barcelona is one of the most popular cruise ports in Europe.

A study by the online resource for consumer-oriented cruise reviews revealed that 20 per cent of holidaymakers preferred cruises to the western Mediterranean and the port of Barcelona.

"According to our survey, Europe is a draw because cruisers can experience a variety of different cultures and attractions in one trip," Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic, commented.

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Popularity of Spanish holidays 'is due to accessibility'

The enduring popularity of Spanish holidays is down to accessibility, it has been argued.

According to Casas de Lorca, since the 1960s, Spain has built up a network of airports across the country that are frequented by aircraft throughout the year, Easier reports.

Its open skies agreement and investment into infrastructure such as roads and rail links also helps create an accessible country.

Flights to Malaga and flights to Murcia are also benefiting from upgrades at the airports such as new access roads to handle increased visitor numbers, Casas de Lorca notes.

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Holidays in Spain 'popular among lone youngsters'

Younger adults and teens are becoming increasingly keen to take flights to Spain on their own to enjoy holidays away from home, it has been reported.

According to the Student Youth Travel Association, the top ten international destinations for youth travel includes Spain, China, Peru, Brazil and Australia.

Other destinations include France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Greece.

Student Youth Travel Association spokeswoman Debbie Gibb claimed that youngsters now want a "notch on their belt" in terms of travel.

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Spanish holidays 'rose in February'

The number of people taking flights to Spain for Spanish holidays rose in February this year, it has been revealed.

According to Forbes, a Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism statement reported that the number of tourists visiting Spain in February 2008 rose by 6.5 per cent on the previous year.

Compared to 2007, the number of tourists visiting Spain rose by this percentage to reach 3.

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Football legend gives thumbs up to golf holidays

Ex-England and Arsenal footballer Ian Wright would not be disappointed with a golf holiday in Europe, it has been revealed.

Talking to the Telegraph, the Match of the Day presenter described that his perfect holiday would feature golf and sunshine - two things that can be found on a holiday at La Manga Club.

"Wrighty" also revealed that he is a creature of habit when it comes to holidays, preferring to frequent the same area again and again.

He added that he was also sentimental about possessions, such as a battered old straw hat that he takes everywhere.

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More people take Spanish holidays on Costa Blanca

A large proportion of holidaymakers took "irregular" Spanish holidays last year, it has been reported.

According to a study by the La Caixa savings bank an estimated 85 million so-called irregular overnight stays were made by tourists on the Costa Blanca in 2007, Typically Spanish reports.

Higher numbers were reported to have been staying in accommodation not controlled by "the correct authorities".

According to Typically Spanish, foreign tourists taking Spanish holidays in the Costa Blanca brought in € 2.

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Flights to Spain for "healthy" "low-cost" living

Britons looking to experience a lower cost of living should book their flights to Spain, it has been reported.

According to a study by NatWest, 95 per cent of Brits who abandoned the UK for a better life in Spain found that the cost of living in the Mediterranean country is lower than that in Britain.

Also revealed in the study was that the average annual income of Britons who have moved to Spain is £65,000.

"It seems as if expats have not only found their pot of gold abroad but are able to enjoy themselves and feel healthier for having made the move," commented NatWest's David Isley.

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Pass the time while waiting for flights to Spain

As news breaks about the delayed flights and baggage traumas sweeping through Heathrow Airport's newly opened Terminal 5, tips have been given on how to pass the time while waiting for flights to Spain.

MSN Money reports that according to Halifax General Insurance there are number of ways to look after yourself and keep busy while waiting for flights to Murcia and other destinations.

One piece of advice was to have plenty of money for food and beverages while you wait for your flight to Alicante. Alcoholic drinks should be kept to a minimum though as drunk passengers could be refused boarding.

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