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Murcia Airport  (San Javier) will soon have a second runway, which will allow morning flights (at the moment the military use the runway in the morning). According to La Verdad (July 04), morning flights will start up even before the runway is ready. There is also a new international airport planned nearer to Murcia city, but my understanding is that San Javier will continue to operate. It looks like it might open within a year or so (from 2010). For flights to the coast, Mar Menor and La Manga, San Javier will be more convenient anyway.

If you're looking for a cheap flight (to anywhere, from UK), I recommend having a look at Flights to Malaga. This has the great advantage of simultaneously searching a large number of airlines, both scheduled (incl. low cost) and chartered, and it covers the other big agencies such as Opodo, Lastminute.com etc. You get directed through to the website of the chosen operator, so you can feel secure. For trips to the Costa Blanca/Calida: I used it on my last trip and it worked very well - separate checks confirmed that nothing had been missed. And when  I used it for a a recent trip to Madrid, it even turned up BA flights which I couldn't find on the BA website (which were genuine as I used one). I will certainly use this from now on. It does not however do one-way flights emanating from Spain.
 

Note; the rest of this page is out of date.

Ryan Air are now flying from Prestwick (from 1 March 2005), Liverpool (31 March), Luton (12 Jan 05) to Murcia from 2005.
Warning: they have a strict hold baggage weight limit (normally of 15 kg per person but check your details) which they enforce; you will be charged excess if you exceed this (I think at 7€ a kilo). I fell foul of this last time I travelled with them (this may have changed recently with the new security restrictions).

Easyjet start flying to Murcia from Bristol starting 7 July 2005.

Globespan are flying from Glasgow to Alicante and also from  Edinburgh. Prices can be very low. My impression from both is that even when they are close to being full prices do not rise that much, unlike other no frills airlines.

On the BA website (www.ba.com) you can now book return flights to Murcia, emanating from London (or from Murcia). There are also singles, but they typically look expensive relative to returns.

Air2000 (flights to Alicante from Gatwick/Manchester) was renamed First Choice Airways from end March 2004.

For charter flights I have used Thomson Flights (Britannia) a few times (good for kids and you can order a meal for £5/£2.50 (kids)); Thomson is also good for single charter flights from Spain, which otherwise seem difficult to find. I also used Thomas Cook -- but it doesn't allow searches for singles emanating from Spain, and I have found that it tends to spew up lots of expensive flights.  Flightsavers is another useful travel link for flights emanating from UK. For one-way charter flights originating in Spain you may have to book via a Spanish agent. Try air2000 on 965868152 , 9am-7pm 7 days a week, for First Choice, Falcon, Unijet; or Airtours on 800 400 800/971 900 100; or Britannia/Thomson on 902 282 838 (9am-9pm weekdays, 9-6pm Sat, 10am-3pm Sun). These are Spanish numbers; you have to prefix by 0034 from UK.

When booking online, make sure you use a debit card if possible as most budget airlines charge £3-5 extra for the use of credit cards.

For best travel search engines, try Expedia which includes some smaller airlines like BMI but not others such as EasyJet. Opodo uses big name companies but apparently has some good bargains--I haven't tried it for Spain.

To fly to Murcia airport (San Javier airport, which is about 25 miles from the city of Murcia but close to La Manga and on the sea), which is a nice little airport at the southern end of the Costa Blanca (actually on the Costa Calida) on the Mar Menor lagoon:

mytravellite from Birmingham to Murcia

bmibaby from Manchester or Nottingham East Midlands (Saturdays) or Birmingham (Sundays 12 June - 23 Oct 2005)  to Murcia

eujet -  Kent and Shannon to Murcia IN ADMINISTRATION JULY 2005 (see news page)

Ryan Air -  Dublin, Stansted,  E Midlands, Glasgow  Prestwick (from 1 March 2005), Liverpool (31 March 05), Luton (12 Jan 05) to Murcia (Note: on their website they describe it as Murcia (Alicante), but it is San Javier airport in the Murcia region that they fly to, and most definitely not anywhere near Alicante (it's 50 minutes at top speed on the Motorway away from Alicante airport).

JET2com to Murcia from Manchester,  Leeds/Bradford, (NEW from Sep 4th, 2005) Newcastle.

Easyjet  to Murcia from Bristol (7 July 2005).

 Flybe  to Murcia from Southampton and Birmingham (leather seats, decent legroom) and *new* (2006) from Exeter and Norwich. (Check for charges for checked in luggage.)

Flights to Alicante:

 Aerlingus : to Alicante from Dublin.
  
Air Scotland : Out of operation as at 06/07
 
 Bmi Baby : to Alicante from Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands,
 Manchester, and Durham Tees Valley

 British airways : to Alicante from Gatwick.

Budget Travel : to Alicante from Dublin.

Easyjet : to Alicante from Belfast, Bristol, Liverpool, Gatwick, Luton, Newcastle, Stansted, and Nottingham East Midlands

 Excel : to Alicante from a number of places (incl.Glasgow) (summer months, rtn only)

 Firstchoice : to  Gatwick, Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham,
 Manchester, Glasgow, East Midlands (one ways possible)

Flybe : to Alicante from Birmingham, Exeter, and Southampton
 
Flyglobespan : to Alicante from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
 
 Jet2 : to Alicante from Manchester and Leeds Bradford

 Jetmagic : to Alicante from Cork.
 
  Monarch : to Alicante from, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester (you can preorder hotmeals for a fiver).
 
 My travel light : to Alicante from Birmingham

Thomson Fly : to Alicante from Coventry.

Flights to Valencia

Thomson Fly : to VALENCIA from COVENTRY

Jet2com start flying Manchester to Valencia from 19 March 2005.


 

Murcia Flights with Spanish contact numbers (out of date probably)

BIRMINGHAM and MANCHESTER. MYTRAVEL AIRWAYS Diario/Daily. 968 17 20 76

LONDON GATWICK. GB AIRWAYS LTD Martes, jueves, sábados y domingos / Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. 968 19 51 05

LONDON STANSTED. RYANAIR Diario / Daily. 968 17 20 00

EAST MIDLANDS and Manchester. BMIbaby Sábados / Saturday. 968 19 51 05

OSLO. Martes y jueves / Tuesday and Thursday. 968 19 51 05

SOUTHAMPTON. British European/BUSY BEE OF NORWAY Diario / Daily. 968 19 51 10

MADRID-BARAJAS IBERIA-LINEAS AEREAS ESPAÑA


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                                                                                          The Owl and the Sparrow

                                                              2003

                                                      Revision 2012

                                                                                                          

 The Owl and the Sparrow is a book about a battle that takes place in a forest. The battle is between the birds on one side of the forest,  which they themselves  call the good side of the forest, and the birds (vultures) on the other side,  the dark side of the forest.

 Owl is the leader of the good forest and his adversary is the Condor, reputed as being the darkest force in the forest.  Into  the story enters an apparently naive sparrow who is seduced by Condor into the dark side of the forest against the rulings of Owl. Owl refuses to send help because he does not want to endanger the lives of more birds, but also because he is furious with the sparrow. He says that  sparrow was asking for trouble.

 Also on the good side of the forest are an incredibly silly group of finches who like to play games and torment the vultures. But their silliness  and game-playing skills are no match for the profound darkness of the vultures, and some are captured, and terrorised.

  Golden Eagle rules over the whole forest, but he gets little involved because he has left Owl a set of rules. Finally he gets angry with what he sees happening on both sides of the forest, and  realises that rules are not enough. So  out of his concern and love for the birds , he sends his  son, Silver Eagle, to the  forest.   The book covers the events that follow including  a bitter battle and the discovery that there is an unknown traitor within their camp.

 

Author Ruth Thomas

Editor Joan  Mitchell

First version typed up and suggestions made by Deborah van Welie

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