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Two for Thursday: TUIfly’s Sale; Ryanair in Spain

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1. TUI AG (the parent company of low-cost airline TUIfly) announced second-quarter earings today that seriously bummed investors out. Among other issues, TUIfly’s load factor is down a startling 12 percent, to 79.5%. But as if without a care in the world, TUIfly today released 555,000 €5 fares for travel through October 31. Taxes and surcharges will jack these fares up by between €18.16 and €52.80, and are on sale through midnight on Sunday (German time).

2. As we reported the other day, Ryanair announced two new bases today: Valencia (21 routes, up from 10) and Alicante (17 routes, up from six.) The new Valencia routes will kick off in October, with the new Alicante routes following in November and December. Our favorites among the new routes: Valencia-Santiago and Valencia-Malta.

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About the author: Alex Robertson Textor is a London-based travel writer and editor. He has written for Rough Guides, the New York Times, and Public Books, among other publications; he also guided the tablet magazine Travel by Handstand to two SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism awards. With Pam Mandel, he writes copy and generates ideas as White Shoe Travel Content. He is on Twitter as @textorian and maintains his own blog, www.alexrobertsontextor.com.

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