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

Aer Lingus losses increase to Ir 188m pounds: Exceptional costs include loss on GPA stake

LOSSES at Aer Lingus, the crisis-hit Irish state airline, rose to Ir pounds 188m ( pounds 182.5) after exceptional costs in the year to March, from pounds Ir11.7m the previous year.

USAir warns losses are likely again this year: BA ally rejects reported profit forecast

USAIR, which launched a TV advertising blitz this week heralding its new alliance with British Airways, was yesterday forced to warn investors that it is likely to lose money again this year.

How success turned into disaster

IN THE END it was the only deal in town. Faced with a stark choice between losing control of the business he founded or witnessing its complete demise, Tony Ryan decided to salvage at least something from the wreckage.

MacGregor refuses 'moral fitness' probe of BA: Secretary of State warns Ireland against giving fresh state aid to Aer Lingus

JOHN MACGREGOR, Secretary of State for Transport, yesterday ruled out an investigation of British Airways by UK aviation authorities in the wake of the Virgin dirty tricks affair.

Banks set low target for GPA refinancing: Raising only half planned equity will trigger rescue package

GPA GROUP, the financially stretched aircraft leasing company, needs backing from investors for only half its planned dollars 200m equity issue to trigger its long-delayed refinancing.

Reynolds to rescue GPA restructuring with pounds 15m: Government steps in to assist dollars 5.5BN debt refinancing

THE IRISH government has come to the rescue of GPA, the debt-burdened aircraft leasing group, with a pounds 15m capital injection.

Aer Lingus faces more resignations

DUBLIN - Further high-level departures at Aer Lingus, the Irish state airline, may follow the resignation of the chief executive, Cathal Mullan, writes Alan Murdoch.

Aer Lingus chief quits

CATHAL MULLAN, the chief executive of Ireland's troubled Aer Lingus national airline, resigned last night.

Aer Lingus cries help

AER Lingus, the Irish state airline buffeted by the international recession and weighed down by debt, has turned to the government with an urgent call for cash.

Passenger jet in radio rescue

An injured climber was rescued from the slopes of Mount Snowdon in north Wales yesterday after his radio distress call was picked up by an Aer Lingus jet flying from London to Dublin.

BOOKS / In the Kalahari with Nelson and his mate: Natasha Walter meets Norman Rush, whose amazing first novel has won this year's Irish Times / Aer Lingus Fiction Award

IT wouldn't cross your mind, talking to him, that Norman Rush has just written a masterpiece. He hasn't worked up the personality tie-in; he hasn't transformed himself into a literary type. You'll never see him in a Vanity Fair photo-gallery next to Susan Sontag, Harold Brodkey and Jay McInerny. So while his novel, Mating (Jonathan Cape pounds 14.99), is thrustingly experimental, with an insistent and dazzling style, Norman Rush is a quiet and uncharismatic man with a neatly clipped beard, who displays very old-fashioned manners with respect to car doors and the outside edges of pavements.

McCabe's prize

Patrick McCabe won the pounds 10,800 Irish Times-Aer Lingus Irish literature prize for fiction for his novel The Butcher Boy, which is on the Booker Prize shortlist.

'Violent disputes' herald Booker shortlist

THE SIX novels on the shortlist for the Booker Prize were named yesterday after a tricky, four-hour meeting in the North Library at the Athenaeum, London. The discussion was characterised, not for the first time, by what one judge called 'violent disagreements'.

BOOK REVIEW / Dial the Mission for murder: 'Overthrown by strangers' - Ronan Bennett: Hamish Hamilton, 14.99

Ronan Bennett's first novel The Second Prison was set in Belfast and London, a crisp, compulsive thriller with chilling characters, shootings and a mad British policeman called Tempest. It is a world that the Belfast-born Bennett knows well.
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