Something To Declare: The Costas; Battle
Saturday 10 February 2007
Bargain of the week: the Costas
One airline will add two thousand seats a week to the flight capacity between Britain and Spain this summer. Ryanair (0871 246 0000; www.ryanair.com) is going head-to-head with easyJet (0871 244 2366; www.easyJet.com) on routes to Alicante (right) and Palma from both Luton and Liverpool. Until now, easyJet has been dominant in Spain, carrying more passengers to and from the UK than Iberia and British Airways combined.
The entrance of the Irish airline to the mainstream Spanish market raises the stakes in the battle between Europe's two biggest no-frills airlines, which compete directly on only a handful of airport-to-airport links.
Europe's third largest low-cost player, Air Berlin, also flies between Stansted and Palma.
Fares are likely to fall as a result - though for peak dates you could still pay heavily. A summer weekend to Palma from Stansted (out on 11 August, back the following day) will cost you a minimum of £150 on easyJet, £238 on Ryanair and £286 on Air Berlin.
Destination of the week: Battle
The delayed Visitor Centre at the location of the Battle of Hastings opened yesterday. The £2.3m project is designed to tell the story of the tumultuous events of 1066 in an engaging manner. It opens 10am-4pm daily (to 6pm from April to September), admission £6.30. For more information call 01424 773 792 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk
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