Archives for March 2011

March 31st, 2011

Low-cost airline Ryanair is to apply a €2 levy on every flight to cover the cost of EU laws requiring it to compensate passengers whose flights have been disrupted. The charge will increase the price of an average return flight with Ryanair by over 11%, from €34 to €38. The airline says ...

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March 30th, 2011

The Bank of Spain has slashed its forecast for this year's public deficit from last year, due to the sharp government spending cuts. Austerity measures and structural reforms have eased concerns even as neighbour Portugal is seen on the verge of asking for aid. The public deficit for this year would ...

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March 30th, 2011

Spain's football league programme will go ahead this weekend after a Madrid court upheld a challenge from six breakaway clubs and blocked proposed strike action. "The court decides the official calendar for the first and second divisions should remain unaltered for the next round of matches," a statement from the court ...

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March 28th, 2011

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla,  Duchess of Cornwall, have begun an official visit to Portugal, Spain and Morocco. Charles and Camilla will be in Portugal for the next two days, before arriving in Spain on Wednesday and finally visiting Morocco next Monday. They were meeting with Portuguese President ...

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March 25th, 2011

Airport workers in Spain have voted today in favour of calling off the proposed strikes announced by unions early last month. A total of 70 percent of votes from 13,000 employees were in favour of calling off the strike, with 29.7 percent of votes against and a handful of abstentions. It puts ...

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March 24th, 2011

The Spanish football league season might need an extension due to a threat by the National Professional Football League (Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional - LFP) to postpone matches next month in a dispute with the government. The LFP says it is proceeding with a strike on the weekend of April ...

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March 24th, 2011

72 cases are being closely investigated in a scam involving individuals who are alleged to have been illegally paid money from a public fund set up to help companies pay for the early retirement of its employees. Police believe the fund of 647 million euros was created unlawfully, and that the ...

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March 23rd, 2011

Fernando Alonso is now counting the hours to the start of the 2011 F1 World Championship in Melbourne Park, the scene of his Formula 1 debut a decade ago. After the unfortunate cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix, he has waited an extra two more weeks than expected and the Spanish ...

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March 23rd, 2011

The average temperature in Spain has risen more than half a degree, 0.55º to be precise, in the last 50 years. However, the average rainfall has not increased significantly and has stabilized at 648 mm per year. The Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has announced the new data to coincide with World Meteorological ...

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March 22nd, 2011

With the local elections approaching on May 22nd, the final opportunity to register to vote is approaching. Prospective voters must already be registered on the padrón in their local municipality, they can then register to vote during in what is known as the electoral reclaim period. If you are resident in Spain ...

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March 21st, 2011

British Airways and American Airlines have aligned their Heathrow-New York routes to create a 'transatlantic shuttle service'. The joint venture also includes Spain's Iberia, which recently merged with BA to form International Airlines Group. As part of the deal with BA and AA, Iberia is starting the only direct flight between Spain ...

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March 21st, 2011

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has said Spain will take part in establishing a no-fly zone in Libya with four F-18 fighter jets that will carry out air patrol missions. Spain will also send an F-100 frigate and a submarine for maritime surveillance to help impose an international arms ...

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March 18th, 2011

Hundreds of people took part in protests held across Spain to demand the closure of the country's six nuclear power stations after Japan's nuclear accident following a massive earthquake. Demonstrators, many wearing masks or holding signs that read "No nuclear power, neither here nor in Japan", gathered in small groups in ...

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March 17th, 2011

Spain sold bonds today in the first test of whether Europe’s efforts to boost the firepower of its rescue fund are persuading investors to become more discriminating about which countries will avoid bailouts. Spain sold 4.1 billion euros of 30-year debt and 10-year securities, its first auction since European leaders agreed ...

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March 16th, 2011

A preliminary agreement to call off the 22 days of air traffic strikes in Spain has been signed by Spanish airport operator AENA and unions. Once given final approval by workers, the series of strikes that had been threatened to take place during Easter and the peak tourism season will be ...

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