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Now ABTA Urges Early Booking to Spain as Demand Soars

Substantial increases in summer holiday bookings for Spain and Portugal have resulted in ABTA - The Travel Association issuing a warning to would-be travellers to these two destinations - book as soon as possible!

ABTA's position mirrors that of a survey by a leading online holiday bookings company a week ago which warned that there could be a shortage of capacity to Spain because of the big increase in interest from would-be holidaymakers.

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Athens New Short Break Option from Dublin

Aegean Airlines will offer a new weekend break destination when it launches a service from Dublin to Athens for the coming summer season.

The service will begin on June 20 and run through until September 19, offering the chance to visit one of the world's oldest cities with recorded history spanning around 3,400 years.

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Belfast Airports React to Planning Appeals Commission Findings

The two Belfast airports have not surprisingly reacted differently to findings by the Planning Appeals Commission.

A spokesperson for George Best Belfast City Airport said: "We welcome the recommendation by the Planning Appeals Commission to remove the seats for sale limit which has been a long standing barrier to our business. We will consider in more detail the findings of the report and will submit our views to the Department within the timeframe stipulated."

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Beware of the Perfect Storm at Half-Term, Travellers Warned

Families wanting a half-term holiday this month face what has been described as a 'perfect storm' paying air fares several times the normal level for flights, according to new research.

The reason is that unusually school half-term and Valentine's Day fall on the same weekend.

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New Pricing Policy for Harry Potter Attraction

Universal Studios Hollywood is bringing in a form of 'demand pricing' for tickets ahead of the highly anticipated April opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction.

Universal will be the first major US theme park operator to adopt demand based pricing, long used by airline revenue management.

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Contribute to Cancer Research Today Urges Flybe

Flybe, the largest regional airline operating at George Best Belfast City Airport, is inviting passengers on all of its flights today World Cancer Day, February 4, to make a donation to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

The collection is in support of Cancer Research UK which has been Flybe's charity partner since 2008.

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Gatwick Opens New Pier at North Terminal

Gatwick, served by easyJet from Belfast and Aer Lingus and soon to be linked by Ryanair as well, has opened its new £80 million Pier 5 in its North Terminal.

Gatwick Chief Executive Stewart Wingate said a new second level allows the airport to offer two separate arrival and departure routes for passengers on top of one another.

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Travellers Offered Destination Change Due to Zika Virus

Thomson and Thomas Cook are among a number of UK tour operators offering pregnant customers due to visit Zika-affected areas the option of changing their destination free of charge.

The outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus has been linked to a recent increase in newborn babies suffering from microcephaly in Brazil. This causes them to be born with abnormally small heads and leads to problems with brain development.

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Surge in Demand for Spain, Greece and 'Safe' Destinations

Package holidays to Spain could soon be at a premium because UK travellers are continuing to switch to what are perceived to be safe and stable destinations.

Greek holidays are also experiencing an upsurge in bookings and the country could reach capacity by March, according to one leading travel deals website.

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Fifty Per Cent More Ski Packages to Bulgaria

Balkan Ski, part of the local Award winning Tour Operator Travel Solutions, has today launched its Winter season for 2017, with a whopping 50 per cent increase in capacity for ski packages from Belfast.

The Belfast-based specialist operator has also announced that prices will be held at 2016 prices and its popular 'Learn to Ski' packages will start from £499 fully inclusive.

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Last year a Record for Belfast City Airport

George Best Belfast City Airport has reported a record year for passengers in 2015, carrying 2.7 million travellers, an increase of 5.4 per cent on the previous year.

Katy Best (pictured), Commercial and Marketing Director for George Best Belfast City Airport, said: "We are once again very happy to report an increase in passenger numbers for 2015.

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