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Costa del Sol Easter holiday flights cost a plenty

Malaga AirportA study carried out by air fare comparison website Kayak has revealed tickets to hotspots in Spain for Easter have jumped in price. Kayak compared last year’s prices for round-trip tickets with those for this year and found they had shot up by a humungous 40 per cent.

The research showed flights to popular holiday destinations on the costas del Sol and Blanca had increased by an average of £50 in comparison to 2017. Easter flights to Malaga on the Costa del Sol averaged £121 last year, but are around the £170 mark for 2018.

It is a similar story for those with Alicante and the Costa Blanca on their wish lists. Last year’s price of £119 has climbed to £169. Even fares to northeast Spain have gone up, but just not quite as drastically as those for the southern costas.

Cultural city extraordinaire Barcelona is the main air gateway to Costa Brava and Costa Dorado. Kayak notes that Easter fares to Barcelona have increased by 14 per cent with the average now £148 and up from 2017’s £130.

Kayak travel guru Neil Cartwright explains that Britons have gotten into the habit of going on several short breaks every year instead of concentrating on a main one in the summer. He said data collated over the past few years had shown Easter was now a peak holiday time for travelling Brits.

Holiday industry analysts say Spain is such a popular choice at Easter as it offers a respite from the UK’s usually miserable weather and is easy to get to boot. Warmer weather is probably the reason the southern costas are more popular for Easter and fares consequentially higher.

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