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

US regulator set to delay BA tie-up with American Airways

Officials seek data on how a deal would affect fares, capacity and airport slots

Jeremy Warner: O'Leary back for a second bite at Aer Lingus

Outlook: If at first you don't succeed ... Michael O'Leary, the pugnacious boss of Ryanair, thinks conditions in the airline industry have deteriorated so much in the two years since he last took a tilt at Aer Lingus that now he's bidding at half the price he did back then, the competition authorities in Europe will be only too happy to wave him through.

Aer Lingus rejects new €738m offer from Ryanair

Competition concerns are obsolete, Ryanair argues

Ryanair plans new bid for Aer Lingus

Low-cost carrier Ryanair revived its takeover interest in Dublin-based airline Aer Lingus today.

Italian cabinet rewrites rules to rescue Alitalia

The beleaguered airline industry was rocked by more crises yesterday as the Italian government was forced to change the law to save its national carrier and Aer Lingus reported losses for the first half and predicted worse to come.

How to fly without fear

If the thought of climbing aboard a plane this summer fills you with dread, don't despair. Jane Feinmann has eight tried-and-tested routes to serenity in the skies

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British Airways is second-worst carrier in Europe for lost baggage

British Airways lost more baggage per flight last year than almost any other airline in Europe.

Age rage: My mid-life crisis

It's shocking when you suddenly realise you're middle-aged. But life really can begin at 40, says Danielle Demetriou

Ryanair boss poised to swoop in &euro;1bn bid battle for Aer Lingus

Michael O'Leary, the boss of Ryanair, and a consortium of airline pilots are expected to challenge Aer Lingus management in a €1bn (£670m) battle to privatise the Irish state airline.

Football: McCarthy bemoans bad luck of the Irish

GREEN WAS the colour; and if the pallor of one or two Republic of Ireland players matched their shirts on a rough crossing over the Marmara Sea back to Istanbul after Wednesday's goal-less draw in Bursa, it will soon be replaced by the green eye of envy as they contemplate a summer watching Turkey, England, Slovenia and the rest competing in the European Championship finals.

Wings overlap in jet's near-miss

THE WING of a passenger jet preparing for take-off passed over the wing of a light aircraft coming in to land after a muddle over take- off instructions, the Air Accident Investigation Branch reported yesterday.

Travel: A land fit for giants

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