Sport Roger Bannister celebrates with Chris Chataway in 1954 as he becomes the first man to run a sub-four minute mile

Sir Chris Chataway, the former world-record runner, acted as pacemaker to help Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile barrier. And he achieved so much more

Rail reforms 'will lead to rising fares and lost jobs'

Rail passengers face higher fares under reforms which would see ticket offices closed and reductions in on-board staff, according to leaked documents.

Farage pilot guilty of death threats

The pilot of a plane that crashed and injured the Ukip leader Nigel Farage on election day has been convicted of making threats to kill.

UKIP crash pilot guilty of making threats to Nigel Farage

The pilot of a plane which crashed and injured Ukip leader Nigel Farage during an election day stunt was today convicted of making threats to kill.

Questions Of Cash: Ryanair customer service fails to take off

Q. We flew to Malta in April last year with Ryanair. Our holiday was extended by five days as a result of the volcanic ash situation. Initially, Ryanair stated that it would not compensate passengers, but on 22 April it conceded that it would abide by EU regulations. We submitted our claim on 30 April for €980 (£880), supported by a letter and receipts. On 5 May we resubmitted the claim, conforming with the statement by Ryanair on its website specifying how claims should be made.

Pilots 'fell asleep during flight'

Concerns about pilot fatigue grew today after it emerged that two cockpit crew members fell asleep at the controls of a long-haul flight.

Pilots unsettled by laser pointers

Civil aviation officials said pilots are complaining that laser pointers are being aimed at their planes as they land at Grenada's international airport.

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.

Pilot killed in helicopter crash

A tourist attraction boss is believed to have died in a helicopter crash, police have said.

Questions Of Cash: Atol needs all facts before spending public cash

Q. I booked a holiday in spring last year using flights with Goldtrail, which collapsed last summer. We have been waiting ever since for the refund. It was difficult for us to know how much the flights cost, as they were lumped together with hotel and a cruise, booked through a travel agent.

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.

Airports face fines for passenger delays

Airports could be fined millions of pounds for disrupting passengers travel under new plans being considered by the Government.

Weather-weary Britons continue to battle the snow

Weather-weary Britons battled ice and snow today to either get away for the Christmas break or to do last-minute shopping.

Airlines warned of 'unacceptable behaviour'

Aviation chiefs have warned some airlines about their "unacceptable treatment of passengers" during the current bad weather.

UAE jet crash 'not caused by explosion'

The head of the civil aviation authority in the United Arab Emirates today said investigators do not believe an explosion caused the crash of a UPS cargo jet in Dubai earlier this year.

Pension protests add to strikes as airports run low on fuel

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in cities across France yesterday in the latest protest against President Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reforms.

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