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Flybe sees 'record flight activity'

Budget airline Flybe last week saw record numbers of people visit its website.

Despite the credit crunch, it seems that demand for flights to Spain and other destinations is as high as ever.

The airline recently launched a ten-day sale knocking up to 50 per cent off certain routes.

Mike Rutter, Flybe's chief commercial officer, commented: "People want and need to travel, not only for leisure but also to hunt down and maintain valuable business and they also want the security of booking and travelling with an airline they trust, that has been investing in their regions for years and that also offers value for money.

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Newcastle to twin with Alicante?

Budget airline easyJet has joined forces with a number of celebrities in calling for Newcastle to be officially twinned with Alicante.

According to Journal Live, Alicante is the most popular destination for holidaymakers from Newcastle and easyJet claims it is fitting to twin the two cities.

"We think Alicante would be a fantastic choice as, like Newcastle, it has recreated itself over recent years to become a busy, cosmopolitan city with an exciting and multi-faceted cultural scene," said Carly Brear, easyJet's UK commercial manager.

Furthermore, she suggested that the partnership could strengthen tourism links between the two destinations and encourage more people to take holidays in Spain.

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Bmibaby increases flights to Spain

Budget airline bmibaby is increasing the number of flights to Spain that it operates.

Despite the economic doom and gloom, good-value holidays in Spain are still popular and the airline will begin operating more flights from the Midlands, Birmingham and Manchester this summer.

Crawford Rix, managing director of the airline, said he has seen a strong demand for traditional summer sun destinations.

"The extra capacity will also make bmibaby the largest low cost carrier flying from the Midlands to the Mediterranean and our great low fares mean that people can still afford to get away for a holiday this year," he commented.

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Kids want 'great swimming pools'

When it comes to holidays, nothing is more important to children than a good swimming pool, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by First Choice found that 92 per cent of kids take a dip in the pool every single day they are on holiday.

Further results show that 46 per cent of children spend "nearly all" of their holiday in the pool, with 50 per cent saying it is the most important part of their break.

Unsurprisingly, parents cited good value, reputation and comfortable accommodation as the most important part of their holiday.

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Half of Brits support Heathrow expansion

Almost half of Brits are in support of the controversial Heathrow expansion plans, it has been revealed.

A survey commissioned by Holiday Extras found that 49.5 per cent of people are eager to see the construction of a third runway and believe it will provide a vital boost for the country's economy.

Mike Whiting, managing editor at Holiday Extras, said that given the recent media attention and protests, it was surprising to see that so many travellers are in support of the expansion.

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Manchester airport awarded 'Carbon Standard'

Those taking flights to Spain may be interested to learn that Manchester Airport has been awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard.

The Carbon Trust was established in 2001 and the Standard is presented to organisations that are making a conscious effort to manage and reduce their carbon emissions.

Andrew Cornish, marketing director at Manchester Airport, commented: "The money saved from energy efficiency measures feeds back into the business and reduces our operating costs, which is very important in a highly competitive industry like ours, where we are under increasing pressure to lower charges to our customers."

He added that the Standard award is a way of demonstrating to stakeholders and passengers that real progress is being made.

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Join the 'Wine Club' at La Manga

Guests at La Manga Club can enjoy fine wine and great company every third Thursday evening as part of the resort's new Wine Club.

This month's Wine Club event takes place on February 19th in the Piano Bar and guests can sample cheeses and an extensive collection of wines.

Selected wines can also be purchased at a discounted price over the course of the evening.

A spacious and modern area, the Piano Bar at La Manga Club is open nightly from 7pm and as well as enjoying fine wines, guests can sample a selection of flavoured vodkas and of Asian and Middle Eastern tapas.

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Enjoy the nightlife at La Manga Club

Once the sun has set and the golf clubs have been laid to rest, guests will find plenty to keep themselves occupied at La Manga Club.

The resort is home to several bars and restaurants, with something on offer to suit everyone's tastes.

Those looking for a stylish meeting place or somewhere to relax with a good book and a glass of wine can head to the Lobby Bar, which is open daily from 10am until midnight.

For a more sophisticated evening, a trip the Piano Bar is a must.

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Spanish experts assess prehistoric cave paintings

A number of historians from Spain, France and Portugal have converged on Guadalteba (Malaga) to look at ways of attracting more visitors to the area's three prehistoric caves.

The caves of Ardales, El Cantal (Rincon de la Victoria) and La Pileta all contain ancient paintings and experts are looking at ways of improving lighting and making the complex more interesting for tourists, Euro Weekly reports.

"Some experts claim that in light of the three caves' relative underserved anonymity, new management systems need to be introduced to make these historical jewels better known, accessible and well presented to visitors," the newspaper said.

Historians believe that the paintings in Guadalteba are just as significant as the Magdalenian paintings of the Altamira cave, Cantabria, which were uncovered in 1879.

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Aer Lingus to launch new flights to Spain

Irish airline Aer Lingus says it will create more than 160 jobs at Gatwick Airport when it launches new flights to Spain and other destinations later this year.

From April the airline will begin offering services to destinations including Faro, Malaga, Munich, Nice, Vienna, Dublin and Knock.

According to the BBC, the carrier will now be in competition with easyJet, which also offers regular flights to Spain.

"We're investing four aircraft initially, going to eight within a year and we see this as a market that is underserved and we intend to serve it for the long-haul," a spokesperson for the company said.

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