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EasyJet flew more than 60 million passengers last year as more Britons spent Christmas overseas.

Consumer rights: Aer Lingus will not take my euro vouchers for a UK to Ireland return flight

A gift of a family flight to Dublin to commemorate a mother's life is spoiled by unread terms and conditions....insurance secrets could cost you dear

Travel Agenda: London Ice Sculpting Festival; Australian Open; Southern Spirit

Today: Marvel at the artistic creations at the London Ice Sculpting Festival in Canary Wharf, or take part in a masterclass. If you feel inspired, there's also an opportunity to take part in a sculpting competition ( londonicesculptingfestival.co.uk). Meanwhile, the Museum of the Moving Image reopens in Queens, New York, after a two-year $67m expansion project that has added a cinema, doubled the exhibition space and introduced engaging interactive exhibits ( movingimage.us).

OFT opens inquiry into Ryanair's stake in rival

The Office of Fair Trading has launched an investigation into whether Ryanair's purchase of shares in fellow Irish airline Aer Lingus more than four years ago could reduce competition for passengers in the UK.

The business on: Aidan Heavey, Chief executive, Tullow Oil

Oh Lord, what's big oil done now?

Ryanair loses European court battle over Aer Lingus takeover

Ryanair was dealt a blow yesterday after a European court refused to overturn a ban on it buying a rival, Aer Lingus.

Hold the frills: How budget airlines broadened our horizons

It's a quarter of a century this summer since Ryanair took to the skies. Budget airlines may have their critics, but they have set us free, argues Simon Calder

UK airlines score low on passenger satisfaction

UK airlines compare unfavourably with foreign carriers in passenger satisfaction figures from Which? Holiday magazine out today.

UK airlines come bottom with passengers, says poll

UK airlines compare unfavourably with foreign carriers in passenger satisfaction figures from Which? Holiday magazine out today.

Easyjet and Tui Travel hit hard by Iceland's ash cloud

As if the global financial crisis was not enough, the volcanic ash cloud that shut down the bulk of European airspace for five days last month added a biblical flavour to the travails of the beleaguered travel industry.

BA's most bitter dispute heads into a tailspin

British Airways and its cabin crew staff have just a week to resolve their poisonous dispute

Favourable winds likely to blow volcanic ash cloud out to sea

Strong winds whipping in from the North Sea should disperse the volcanic ash cloud that has caused many UK flights to be cancelled this week, but it looks certain to delay more air passengers before it swirls into the Atlantic, forecasters said last night.

Travel Agenda: Chessington World of Adventures; Aer Lingus; Wild Heart Gathering

Today: Experience a Maharaja's Market and Tuk Tuk Turmoil Dodgems by way of Surrey, at the new Wild Asia area at Chessington World of Adventures ( chessington.com ).

Simon Calder: What's the truth about travel? Don't ask me

The man who pays his way

Travel Agenda: Aer Lingus launches Gatwick to Cork; Brooklands Hotel opens in Weybridge; Virgin Atlantic to fly to Accra

Today: Aer Lingus launches a twice-daily service from Gatwick to Cork, which will be in addition to its service from Heathrow and will muscle in on Ryanair's monopoly on the route ( aerlingus.com ).

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