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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.

Heathrow boss gets £151,000 rise

The boss of Heathrow, who admitted the airport was "overwhelmed" by the pre-Christmas snow, had a £151,000 pay rise in 2010, it was revealed today.

Airport hit by 'wrong amount' of snow

Heathrow's bad weather plan failed just before Christmas due to the wrong amount of snow, the airport's head told MPs yesterday.

Heathrow 'overwhelmed by wrong amount of snow'

Heathrow's bad weather plan just before Christmas failed due to the wrong amount of snow, the airport's boss told MPs today.

Campaign to halt airport tax rises

Airlines and holiday companies today launched a campaign calling on the Government to halt any further rises in airport departure tax.

The history of Heathrow

This month Heathrow turns 65. Chris Beanland discovers how a tiny west London airfield changed the way Britain travels

David Prosser: A flight path for BAA after its terrible year

Outlook Bad luck certainly came in threes for BAA last year. The British Airways cabin crew strike was bad for the airports operator. The Icelandic volcano was worse. And then there was the snow, for which BAA thought it had prepared well, only to discover it hadn't.

BAA narrows losses despite ash and snow

The airport operator BAA shook off the effects of the volcanic ash cloud and snow to post reduced losses last year, as the global industry recovered.

BAA chief admits lack of readiness for snow

BAA should have been better prepared to deal with the winter snowfall that disrupted flights and caused chaos at Heathrow airport for four days in the run-up to Christmas, the airport operator's chief executive, Colin Matthews, has said.

Snow lands BAA with £24m bill

BAA, the airports operator, will take a £24m hit because of disruption during last month's snow storms, with Heathrow suffering the biggest reduction in profit. The company, which is owned by Ferrovial, the Spanish construction firm, said the disruption was expected to reduce Heathrow's profits by around £19m, while Stansted would take a £1m hit.

Freezing weather hits BAA airport traffic

Last month's heavy snowfall meant that airport operator BAA handled almost 11% fewer passengers at its six UK airports than in December 2009.

Virgin witholds fees over Heathrow snow chaos

Virgin Atlantic is to withhold some landing fees from Heathrow because of the chaos caused by the airport's shutdown last month.

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BAA owner's shares dive on Heathrow fines fears

Shares in Ferrovial, the Spanish construction group that owns BAA, the Heathrow and Stansted airport operator, are under pressure after it emerged that the Coalition will introduce tough fines on underperforming airports.

BAA backs new legislation by air regulators

BAA today said it welcomed legislation that would "improve the experience for passengers" as the Government considers new plans to fine airports millions of pounds.

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