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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's Heathrow sees busiest June on record

Heathrow has had its busiest June on record, with more than 6 million passengers going through its doors, the airport's operator BAA said yesterday.

Record June at Heathrow for passenger numbers

A record June at Heathrow helped BAA to enjoy increased passenger numbers at its UK airports last month.

Airline-airport coalition named

The new coalition of the UK's biggest airlines and airport operators is understood to be called the Aviation Foundation.

BAA traffic rises but Heathrow executive quits

Baa posted a jump in passenger figures at its airports yesterday as it emerged that Nick Cullen, the chief operation officer at Heathrow, had resigned after less than18 months in the job.

Business Diary: Sky ups stakes in BBC grudge game

Do we detect a bit of Sir Alex Ferguson-style psychological warfare from Sky News business editor Mark Kleinman? As we reported last week, Kleinman is this weekend playing for the Sky News five-a-side football team against a BBC News team featuring his arch-rival Robert Peston. In the run-up to the big game, he's taken to ridiculing the BBC business editor's stories on Twitter. "Sources confirm to the BBC that ex-RBS directors to be interviewed by the FSA – eight days after it was reported here!" Kleinman tweets gleefully.

Thunderstorms cause Heathrow flight cancellations

Around 80 flights have been cancelled in and out of Heathrow as a result of bad weather.

Snow report urges Met Office cash

The Government should consider providing extra funding to the Met Office to help improve its long-term forecasting, a report by MPs into last December's snow disruption said today.

Busiest ever April for Heathrow travel

Britain's biggest airport, Heathrow, had its busiest-ever April last month, figures showed today.

BAA cuts summer traffic forecast

BAA yesterday cut its forecasts for Heathrow passenger numbers this summer and said interest costs pushed it deeper into the red in the first three months of this year.

BAA told to sell Stansted as watchdog stands by call

BAA should press ahead with the sale of London's Stansted airport, the Competition Commission said yesterday, provisionally concluding that there had been no change in circumstances since it first called for the disposal two years ago.

BAA will have to sell two of its UK airports

Airport operator BAA will still have to sell two of its UK airports following a provisional ruling today by the Competition Commission (CC).

David Prosser: Still counting the cost of the winter chill

Outlook When Colin Matthews, the boss of BAA, appeared in front of MPs earlier this month to discuss the snow that paralysed Heathrow airport in December, he said the debacle had cost the airports operator around £20m. You can now add £50m to that figure – the sum BAA promised yesterday to invest in Heathrow as it seeks to avoid a repeat of the problem.

BAA pledges to invest £50m after report into snow chaos

BAA failed to respond fully to weather forecasts in December, the airport operator's initial response to the winter snowfall was ineffective, and "confused and conflicting" messages botched communication between the operator, airlines and passengers, an inquiry concluded yesterday.

BAA blamed for 'ineffective' snow response

Airport operator BAA's response to the pre-Christmas snow was "initially ineffective" leading to "distress" to passengers, a report into the December 2010 travel chaos said today.

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