Travel Cyprus bill: costs rise out of term time

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US merger would create world's biggest airline

A merger of American Airlines and US Airways to create the world's largest carrier is in prospect as the two sides work on the final details.

Matthew Butler heads one of the most improved schools in the country - Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Bristol

Deals of the week - Lille, Monaco, Med cruise

Less than £200... See the lovely French city of Lille just as spring sets in. Cresta Holidays has a two-night break that includes accommodation with breakfast at the Des Tours hotel in the Old Town and Eurostar travel from London St Pancras on 21 April for £194pp. Crestaholidays.co.uk

Further frustration for airline passengers as snow plays havoc with flight schedules

At least 158 flights to and from Heathrow have been cancelled

Heathrow cancels 100 flights on second day of snow chaos - and one in five will be cancelled tomorrow

One in five flights to and from Heathrow is to be cancelled tomorrow in a bid to avoid the chaotic scenes when snow disrupted schedules at Europe’s busiest airport.

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Ms Eweida's victory will make life a bit more difficult for Britain's critics of the ECHR
Nadia Eweida claimed she suffered discrimination at work because of her faith

Virgin swoops for BA chief

Virgin Atlantic today stepped up the pressure on British Airways when it poached an executive who worked on the flag bearer’s key transatlantic alliance to pilot its own future.

Friends and family could be just another box-ticking exercise

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The true cost of business at any price

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A British Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing after two abusive women drunk on Malibu attempted to storm the cockpit it has been reported today.

British Airways flight in emergency landing after 'drunk abusive middle-aged women try to storm cockpit'

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