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News - March 2009

AVE reduces its prices for last minute bookings!

Everyone is affected by the recession and the AVE services from Malaga to Madrid and Barcelona are no exception.

These new services are undoubtedly attractive to many however criticism has been rife that the cost of travel is too much to bear in the current economic climate.

Well, this is the good news – a new system is being introduced on the Renfe website for late bookings to be discounted by as much as 50%. This move is to attract last minute online bookings from those people who aren’t tied specifically to travelling on a certain date.

All you have to do is visit the Renfe website 24hours before you are planning to travel and see what offers they have – bookings well in advance will still be charged at higher rates but for those looking for a last minute trip to Madrid, the prices will be substantially lower.

Aer Lingus launches new routes to Malaga

Talking of cheaper travel – well Aer Lingus have announced new services from their base at Gatwick.

Amongst the seven new routes is a regular 7 day service to Malaga which has been introduced to compete squarely with the existing Easy Jet services between London and the Costa del Sol.

The service to and from Malaga doesn’t start until early April but from looking at the Aer Lingus website, there appears to be significant interest in the new route and prices appear to be very competitive.

Any competition amongst airlines has to have a positive effect on both ticket prices as well as the level of service that the airlines offer – thankfully, this news is at a time when most airlines are closing routes but perhaps this is indicative of the popularity of Malaga and bodes well for the new extended version of the airport in the coming years.

Corruption, lies and illegal properties – this time its Alcaucin, Axarquia

Yet another town hall corruption scandal has hit the headlines – this time it is Alcaucin, the mountain village in the Axarquie region.

The mayor, his two daughters, the town hall architect and a number of other officials and builders have bee detained for questioning pending arrest.

It appears that a number of illegal buildings were granted consent by the mayor in exchange for money – a sum of €160,000 was apparently found under the Mayors bed – do you think he knew it was there?!

Unfortunately, this latest news brings yet further shame upon the local government framework and means that buyers in Andalucia have to be cautious about any property that they consider buying. Thankfully, the vast majority of towns and villages across Andalucia don’t have these problems however the 12 examples so far have created all the headlines.

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