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

British Airways set for pounds 300m windfall from Galileo flotation

British Airways is set to reap a windfall of up to pounds 300m through the flotation on the New York Stock Exchange of Galileo International, the worldwide airline computer reservations system.

Aer Lingus looking for overseas partners

Aer Lingus, the state-owned Irish flag carrier, expects to have identified potential strategic alliance partners by the end of this year in a move which could see equity stakes in the airline being offered to overseas carriers.

Dublin

Louise Jury headed out on the trail of Joyce, Yeats and Beckett. Yet she found herself cheerfully distracted, drinking in the heady warmth of the fair city

When I go back, it will be because I have forgotten what silence sounds like - and for a decent pint of Guinness

Claire Gervat visits Inishmor, the largest of Ireland's three Aran Islands

Forget the silly season, I have one all year round

Ever had the kind of week when anything inappropriate that you can think of to say pops irretrievably from your mouth, and every manhole seems to open specially for you to fall into? The type of week when you find yourself discussing your fat bum with complete strangers, and leaving magnificent tips for waiters who've dribbled olive oil on you. You badmouth several people, for no particularly urgent reasons and then realise they may have been within earshot. So unnecessary, you begin to think you must be mad! Or you're walking down the street, believing yourself to be quite alone and therefore free to fart in peace, and within 10 seconds a person passes you who was obviously right behind you all along and getting ahead of you is his only hope. That's the sort of week I've had. That's the sort of life I've had.

pounds 200m hotels float

CDL Hotels is expected to unveil plans for a pounds 200m-plus flotation of its UK operations this week. It will also unveil a new trading name, Millenium Hotels and Resorts.

Buccaneer of the black stuff: profile

The chairman of Aran Energy says he will fight hard to resist the hostile bid launched by Arco. But, as David Bowen writes, he has plenty to gain - win or lose; Michael Whelan

Teenager checks in for 1,500-mile flight to jail

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Roll up, roll up for holiday M-way misery

The getaway drivers who didn't believe the argument that it's quicker by train

Pembroke: Stitching up the Russians

Bernard Weatherill, the Savile Row tailor of which the former Speaker of the House of Commons is president, is striking out for new markets. It has targeted Russia's new rich as potential customers for the distinctive cut of a good English suit.

Travel Departures: Dublin for families

YOU CAN fly to Dublin and back from one of nine British airports for pounds 33.17 - if you are travelling with a family. A new deal on Aer Lingus (0645 737747) provides six tickets for pounds 199, but the make-up of the family is critical: two adults, two children under 18 and, optionally, two under-twos. No advance booking is required, but you must stay away at least one Saturday night. Maximum holiday time for the deal is one month.

France is geared for travel misery

HOLIDAYMAKERS bound for Europe face delays this weekend as French air-traffic controllers stage a go-slow.

European airline probe will urge deregulation

Far reaching measures to deregulate Europe's beleaguered airline industry are expected to be recommended this week by an independent European Commission committee.

Europe approves pounds 7m aid for Swan Hunter

THE EUROPEAN Commission has authorised a maximum of pounds 7m in aid to help convert Swan Hunter on Tyneside back into a merchant shipyard.

Aer Lingus unions agree payroll cuts: Airline needs to slash pounds 50m in costs

AER LINGUS, the Irish airline, has reached agreement with union leaders on proposals to cut payroll costs by Ir pounds 21m ( pounds 20m) as part of an overall rationalisation plan to return the company to health. The deal, struck after all- night talks, includes changes to working practices, writes Mary Fagan.
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