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An easyJet flight returning to Bristol Airport after being turned back from Madeira because of bad weather. Passengers were stranded at a hotel in Bristol for 48 hours over Christmas waiting for a flight

Festive break flight delayed

Festive fun in the sun was put on hold for some holiday makers who thought they would be sitting by the pool or on the beach in Madeira for Christmas. Their escape from the wet and cold in the UK was hampered when flights to Madeira were cancelled for 48 hours on Christmas Eve, leaving passengers stranded in a Bristol hotel for two nights.

Millions of doses of yellow fever vaccine will be handed out to curb the spread of the disease in Sudan

Yellow fever vaccine plan for Sudan

Over a million people in Sudan will be offered immunisations in the next month to battle what experts believe is the worst outbreak of yellow fever the world has seen for 20 years. Since the immunisation programme began on November 21 about 2.2 million people have been vaccinated against the disease, which can cause jaundice and kidney failure. More than 800 suspected cases of the disease have been reported since October, prompting a mass vaccination campaign.

Three-quarters (74%) expect to begin their holiday research online

Brits already eyeing 2013 holidays

One in three British holidaymakers already have their eye on booking a trip abroad next year, although that could grow to two-fifths following the festive break, with record numbers expected to book their break online, according to new research.

Britons still love holidaying in Spain, according to a study

Spain stays top for sun-seekers

Sun-loving holidaymakers headed to Spain this summer with the European country attracting the largest number of British tourists. Skyscanner, a flight search website, said the US, which came second in the list of top holiday destinations last year, had fallen to third place followed by Italy at number four and France in fifth place. Taking a staycation on home soil was the second most popular.

Los Gigantes, Tenerife. The Canary Islands are a popular attraction for British tourists this Christmas

Brits go in search of winter sun

While huge swathes of the population are slumped on the sofa watching the Queen's Speech, almost four million Brits will be celebrating Christmas overseas. Many of those going abroad are heading to ski resorts to make the most of mammoth snowfalls, while others are following the winter sun in places likes the Canary Islands, Tunisia, Cuba and Mexico.

Many Britons will see in the new year in New York, according to a poll

Big Apple 'top pick for new year'

New York is the most popular destination for Britons looking to bring in the new year abroad, research has shown. Travel agent revealed the Big Apple topped a list of locations for people planning to spend New Year's Eve overseas.

Spain and France are the most popular holiday destinations for Britons, according to a new poll

Spain and France 'holiday hotspots'

Spain and France have been named in a new poll as Britons' favourite holiday destinations.

Dozens of flights were cancelled or delayed in the UK due to icy conditions and freezing fog

Freezing fog cancels UK flights

Dozens of flights were cancelled across the UK as freezing fog descended overnight and the country woke up to icy conditions. Around 60 flights were cancelled at Heathrow Airport early today, with the airport having started announcing cancellations on Tuesday night before reporting several more this morning.

Abta will launch a promotional campaign in the new year to publicise the benefits of booking holidays with an Abta member

Abta to launch promotional campaign

Abta is set to launch a promotional campaign in January designed to raise awareness among consumers of the benefits of booking holidays with an Abta member. The organisation said it will release a leaflet and supporting video, revamp the consumer section of its website and run promotions through social media and the wider media.