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Airports face new regulations

Plans to give the Civil Aviation Authority more powers could mean that airports face heft fines if passengers encounter lengthy delays and problems.

The government is proposing to change the way airports are regulated in order to improve efficiency and avoid problems similar to those seen during the opening of Heathrow's Terminal 5 last year.

According to the Telegraph, airports could also face penalties if they fail to make appropriate preparations for the weather.

Gatwick Airport came in for criticism last year when it was forced to close for a number of hours, following a light "sprinkling of snow".

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Ryanair to launch web-only check-in from October

From October, those taking flights to Spain with Ryanair will be required to check-in online.

The airline said the move will allow passengers to avoid lengthy queues and delays at the airport.

Passengers who wish to take a large suitcase onboard will be able to leave their bags at one of Ryanair's drop zones.

The transition to 100 per cent web check-in will be done in several phases but from May 2009, all those making new bookings will be required to use web check-in.

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Exeter duty free store gets a makeover

Brits taking flights to Spain from Exeter Airport this summer can snap up some bargains in new, more modern surroundings.

The airport's World Duty Free store has undergone a £200,000 makeover in preparation for the summer season.

Passengers will soon be able to browse in a larger store and have access to a better selection of perfumes and cosmetics.

A number of other new shops have also been introduced at the airport.

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Brits 'make the most of cheap deals'

British holidaymakers are making the most of the cheap deals available and booking last-minute breaks abroad, it has been revealed.

Figures released by Sainsbury's Finance show that foreign currency transactions rose significantly in January of this year, compared to the same period in 2008.

However, it was also revealed that average transaction values have increased by 15 per cent, with people having to spend more due to the strength of the euro.

Sam Marrs, head of Sanisbury's Travel Money, commented: "British holidaymakers have suffered badly given the declining value of the pound, but clearly it's not stopping them taking advantage of the holiday deals currently available.

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Have a 'healthy' holiday in Spain

Those looking for a healthy holiday may wish to consider a break in sunny Spain.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, Spanish people have one of the longest life expectancies of any nationality and it may be down to all that fresh air and great weather.

"The generally pleasant climate means that a healthy alfresco lifestyle is the norm," the website said.

Average life expectancy in Spain is 80.

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Mountain biking at La Manga Club

Bordered on two sides by the stunning Calblanque Natural Park, La Manga Club is the ideal holiday destination for lovers of the great outdoors.

As well as enjoying the facilities inside the resort, such as the three championship golf courses and health spa, holidaymakers can also explore the surrounding area by hiring a mountain bike.

The terrain around the resort varies from flat, easy roads to challenging off-road tracks.

Bikes are also available for children to hire, with baby seats and trailers also on offer to ensure that the whole family can enjoy the La Manga area.

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Brits 'happy' with airports

The majority of Brits taking flights to Spain and other destinations are happy with their airport experiences, it has been revealed.

According to a survey commissioned by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), 80 per cent of passengers who travelled through Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester airports during August and September of last year said they would recommend the airport to a friend.


Of those polled, just six per cent said they would be reluctant to make a recommendation.

It was also revealed that 50 per cent of passengers had to wait less than five minutes to check their luggage in.

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Murcia is a "hidden gem"

The Spanish destination of Murcia has a great deal to offer British holidaymakers, it has been claimed.

Located around 75 kilometres south of Alicante, Murcia is home to more than 200 beaches and, according to budget airline bmibaby, it is one of the "hidden gems" of Spain and has something for everyone.

"From foodies to family and from students to sun lovers", Murcia is the perfect destination for a break this summer.

"With its cosmopolitan culture and laid back atmosphere, visitors will fall in love with Murcia," the airline claimed.

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Travel industry will 'remain resilient'

The travel industry will remain resilient, despite the credit crunch, it has been claimed.

Steve Barnes, corporate marketing manager at the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), suggested that people will continue to take holidays to Spain and other destinations.

"We don't believe that they are going to drastically change, because people have it in their psyche that they want to take holidays," he commented.

With the collapse of some airlines, it also means that there is less capacity on the market and Mr Barnes indicated that many companies are still doing well.

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Alicante is 'ideal' for sunseekers

Alicante has been described as the ideal destination for those hoping to soak up some sunshine this summer.

Budget airline bmibaby has named the popular Spanish resort as one of its top picks for 2009, suggesting that it is the perfect place for Brits keen to escape the dreary weather back home.

"For those wishing to raise temperatures and bask in the heat, Alicante is the perfect summer destination," the airline said.

Temperatures in Alicante regularly reach the thirties during June, July and August, with sunshine almost guaranteed.

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