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The single-engine Cessna 150 was only 10 minutes into a flight from the town of Forbes yesterday afternoon when the pilot lost consciousness

Target people for their travel patterns, not their ethnicity

Twelve days after the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, I boarded a Pan Am jet at Frankfurt airport. But two Middle Eastern men did not. They were very publicly taken off the flight to Berlin, apparently because of their appearance and ethnicity. But if someone on that flight were to be denied boarding, it should have been me.

Alaskan plane crash: 10 killed at Soldotna Airport

Light aircraft bursts into flames leaving pilot and all nine passengers on board dead

Flybe hires ex-easyJet man Saad Hammad for turnaround

Flybe today put a new pilot in its corporate cockpit, hiring a former easyJet boss to attempt to steer the struggling airline to calmer skies.

A car burns during clashes between residents and Muslim Brotherhood members and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi supporters outside Cairo University

Egypt protests latest: Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel

FCO advising against travel to all regions except resorts on the Red Sea in South Sinai and those resorts on the Egyptian mainland in the Red Sea governorate

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Mehran Karimi Nasseri: He managed to spend 18 years at Terminal 1 of Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: Like living in a parallel universe - the weird world of the airport transit zone

Simon Calder describes the netherworld that the fugitive now calls home

Jamie Oliver opening his restaurant at Gatwick airport

Gatwick stays grounded in the red despite increase in passengers

Gatwick airport posted a £29.1 million loss today, despite new routes to Beijing and Istanbul boosting the number of passengers in its arrivals and departure lounges in the year to April.

Stunt pilot Charles Schwenker and wing-walker Jane Wicker die after plane crashes and bursts into flames at Ohio air show

The woman and her pilot have been named as Jane Wicker and Charles Schwenker

Even Brad Pitt can’t save Marc Forster’s World War Z from a humour bypass

Film review: World War Z - The world is being overrun by flesh-eating zombies? Yeah, whatever you say, Brad

Marc Forster has made a number of solid dramas (Finding Neverland, Monster's Ball), but he's since become notorious as the man who sucked all of the fun out of the Bond franchise in Quantum of Solace. And now he's done the same thing with the zombie sub-genre in World War Z, a frenetic, globe-trotting action movie which has so much in common with his Bond film that it may as well be called "Quantum of Zombies". What's Forster got lined up next, I wonder. A fast, frenzied, cold-hearted romantic comedy?

Chief Executive of Ryanair Michael O'Leary

TV review: Flights and Fights: Inside the Low Cost Airlines, BBC2

Bi-Curious Me, Channel 4

Deeper waters: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy face an ambiguous future in 'Before Midnight'
Scottish police wait to interview passengers from the Egypt Air flight

Five seek asylum after threat diverts flight to UK

Five passengers from a flight that was forced to make an emergency landing in Scotland after the discovery of a threat to start a fire on board are now claiming asylum in Britain, police have revealed.

The Egyptair plane was en route from Cairo to New York when it was forced to land at Prestwick near Glasgow

'I’ll set this plane on fire': Note causes transatlantic Egyptair plane diversion to Glasgow Prestwick Airport

RAF Typhoon fighters scrambled to escort passenger jet, originally bound for New York

Plan to double easyJet passengers at Stansted

EasyJet plans to double its Stansted passengers over the next five years, the airport's new owner said yesterday.

Passengers wait for a flight at Marseille-Provence Airport

UK flights hit for second day as air traffic controllers continue strike in France

Travellers faced further upheaval today as flights were cancelled following continued strikes in France.

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