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Flybe has hit out at the owners of Gatwick, claiming the airline's decision to sell 25 take-off and landing slots at the base to easyJet for £20m was due to the airport's "discriminatory" treatment of smaller airlines.

BAA to meet unions in bid to halt strike action

Management and unions locked in a bitter airport workers' pay dispute will meet at conciliation service Acas on Monday in a bid to stop a strike which could wreck travel plans for millions.

BAA strike threatens to close six airports

Air passengers face more travel chaos after key airport staff voted to strike over a pay offer derided by the Unite trade union as "nothing short of confrontational".

Airport chaos looms after strike vote

Thousands of holidaymakers face the prospect of travel chaos following an overwhelming vote for strike action by workers at BAA airports, including Heathrow.

Result due on airport workers' strike vote

Airport operator BAA will find out today whether thousands of its workers will strike in a dispute over pay that could cause disruption to flights at the end of the summer holidays.

Record month for Heathrow but other UK airports falter

Heathrow airport had its busiest ever month for passengers in July, but airports outside London suffered flat or falling traffic.

Heathrow records busiest-ever month

Britain's biggest airport, Heathrow, had its busiest-ever month in July 2010, it was announced today.

BAA losses narrow despite hits from ash and BA strike

The airports operator BAA revealed narrowed first-half losses yesterday despite the impact of the volcanic ash cloud and the British Airways cabin crew strike.

Airport workers vote over industrial action

Thousands of workers at some of the country's biggest airports will today start voting on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action over pay, threatening disruption before the end of the summer holidays.

Sir Nigel Rudd agrees to second term as BAA chairman

Corporate grandee Sir Nigel Rudd has been asked to stay on for a second three-year term as chairman of BAA. Sir Nigel took on the chairmanship of the UK's airports operator, owned by Spain's Ferrovial group, in September 2007, and has overseen a troubled period including the completion of Terminal 5, the forced sale of Gatwick airport and the failed attempt to build a third runway.

BAA warns of £10m ash hit

The Icelandic ash cloud, the strikes by British Airways cabin staff and the snow over the winter has driven a £10m reduction in BAA's earnings hopes for the year.

Business Diary: Ryanair's friends call for early sale of Stansted

A missive arrives from a body calling itself the Stansted Airport Consultative Committee urging the new Government to press ahead with the break-up of BAA at its earliest opportunity – specifically to force the airports operator to sell off Stansted as soon as possible. SACC's website describes it as an independent body that represents users of the airport. By an odd coincidence, it shares a public relations consultant with Ryanair, the Irish no-frills airline that is BAA's harshest critic.

Plans for new runways at Heathrow and Stansted are withdrawn

The airport operator BAA bowed to the inevitable yesterday and formally announced it was abandoning plans for new runways at Heathrow and Stansted.

Government scraps Labour plans in bonfire of the policies

A bonfire of Labour projects began yesterday as civil servants across Whitehall started the process of destroying schemes that they have spent years preparing.

Residents' delight as Heathrow runway plans scrapped

The new coalition Government's scrapping of a third runway at Heathrow airport reflects the manifesto promises of both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties.

Volcanic ash cloud costs BAA £28m

The volcanic ash cloud cost the airport operator BAA £28m by forcing the closure of Heathrow and Stansted for six days earlier this month.

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