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Travel News: Aer Lingus discounts and new Ryanair flights to

The Algarve – Aer Lingus is offering reductions on flights to Faro and also to Malaga for travel from May 1-June 12

25 per cent off

European flights

Tempted by the thought of a beach or golfing break in the equally easy-to-reach Costa del Sol or the Algarve? Aer Lingus has announced discounts of up to 25 per cent off its daily flights from George Best Belfast City Airport to Malaga and Faro, starting on Tuesday May 1. There's extra value for families, with half price on checked baggage and advance seat selection costs for children aged two to 11 years. Visit aerlingus.com before March 12 for travel between May 1 and June 12.

Ryanair launches 2018

Irish winter schedule

Ryanair has added nine new flights to its Irish winter schedule, with seven of them to new European destinations, departing ex Dublin. The new Dublin flights include Athens (twice weekly), Bari, Italy (twice weekly), Frankfurt (twice daily), Luxembourg (three weekly), Marrakesh, Morocco (two weekly), Paphos, Cyprus (once weekly) and Santander, Spain (twice weekly). Cork and Knock will have flights to Faro in Portugal and Bristol respectively for the first time. There will also be increased flights to Barcelona, Cologne, Krakow, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga and Venice.

Book flights for up to March 2019 at ryanair.com.

Spring sun destinations

ex Belfast International

Make a break for the sun in Playa De La Arena, Tenerife, for seven nights ex Belfast International on March 20. For self-catering in three-star Arena Suites Apartments, the price is £469pp based on two sharing, including a 22kg baggage allowance and transfers.Visit jet2holidays.com for more.

Cruise through spring

at Lough Erne resort

The natural beauty of Fermanagh's Lakelands could give Belfast and the Causeway Coast some competition for overseas and home visitors for the Lonely Planet's recommendation of best region to visit in 2018. Lough Erne Resort, the five-star hotel which hosted the G8 summit in 2013, is now giving guests a choice of either a tour of the Marble Arch Caves or a one-hour water taxi cruise on Lough Erne in two midweek packages. Both B&B packages are available Sunday to Thursday from £129/€148pps for two nights and include access to the Infinity Pool at the Thai Spa. For further information visit lougherneresort.com or phone 028 6632 3230.

:: All prices and availability correct at the time of publishing

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