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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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Work on your tennis skills at La Manga Club

As well as soaking up the sunshine and relaxing on the beach, those taking holidays to Spain can also use their break as an opportunity to develop new skills and improve their existing ones.

The resort is home to 28 multi-surface tennis courts and caters for players of all ages and abilities.

Guests attending La Manga's Tennis Academy can learn with the help of an experienced and qualified teacher, using the latest video analysis technology.

Children can also improve their skills while holidaying at La Manga Club, with academy sessions and individual coaching lessons available at various times throughout the year.

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La Manga Club 'is ideal conference destination'

After what has been a turbulent year for many businesses, it could be time to boost morale and improve team relations by holding a conference or special event at La Manga Club in Spain.

The resort has four main meeting rooms, which all feature connection points and built-in audio-visual equipment, as well as the latest WiFi technology.

Special delegate packages are also available for those who require food and refreshments throughout the day.

In addition, La Manga could be a good option for businesses looking to host a team building event.

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Take a winter golfing break at La Manga Club

Players looking to improve their golfing skills during the winter months may wish to consider taking a break at La Manga Club in Spain.

Located in sunny Murcia, the resort basks in warm temperatures for most of the year and is the ideal place to visit once it becomes chilly in the UK.

La Manga boasts three 18-hole championship courses that are set in tranquil surroundings and each have their own unique feel.

Furthermore, guests can also make use of the outstanding practice areas, which include a floodlit driving range, two chipping greens and a pitch and putt course.

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Explore Calblanque National Park on horseback

As well as enjoying all of the sports and leisure activities on offer at La Manga Club, guests will also find plenty of exciting places to explore outside of the resort.

One way of doing this is to take a horseback excursion around the stunning Calblanque National Park, which is an unspoilt area of Mediterranean coastline comprising of beaches, cliffs, hiking trails and pretty coves.

Guests can arrange their trips through the nearby Rancho de la Fuente riding stables, where guided tours are on offer.

Pony trekking excursions are also available for children, with the stables offering short accompanied rides through the surrounding countryside.

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Prepaid currency cards 'can help holidaymakers save'

The pound may have lost strength against the euro over the last year, but there are still a number of steps Brits can take to make their money stretch further.

This is according to Peter Harrison, travel money expert at moneysupermarket.com, who claimed that with a little research, those taking holidays in Spain can get more bang for their buck.

"If you are prepared, you can get the most competitive exchange rates by looking at Travelex online and then picking up at the airport.

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'Keep the kids happy' at La Manga Club

Families looking for a resort that caters for everyone from toddlers to adults may wish to consider a break at La Manga Club in Spain.

The complex has something to suit holidaymakers of all ages and tastes, with its unrivalled sporting facilities and range of children's clubs.

Under-12s can make new friends and stay active by joining the Junior Club, which offers them a specially devised programme featuring everything from football to crazy golf competitions.

Teenagers are also well catered for and can take part in a range of exciting activities, such as windsurfing, go-karting and quad bike excursions.

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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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Term-time holidays to Spain 'should be allowed'

Children should be allowed to take time off school to enjoy holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been claimed.

Travel site Take The Family has launched a campaign calling for all pupils to be given a legal ten-day holiday allocation – a move which the company claims will help to tackle truancy.

At the moment days off can only be granted at the discretion of individual headteachers. Those who travel without permission risk being fined up to £100.

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