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

Business jet 'took avoiding action to prevent mid-air collision'

A business jet had to take avoiding action to prevent a potential mid-air collision with a Heathrow-bound airliner with 232 passengers aboard, an accident report revealed today.

Briton killed in Nepalese plane crash

A Briton was among those who died in a plane crash in Nepal today, the Foreign Office (FO) said.

Collapse of Kiss shows strain on travel industry

Failure of third tour operator in a month also increases pressure for reform of Atol

Misery for holidaymakers as Kiss Flights collapses

Thousands of people were left furious tonight after their trips abroad were cancelled - and for some it was a double dose of holiday misery.

Holiday chaos as travel firm collapses

Budget travel firm Kiss Flights collapsed tonight, plunging the holiday plans of more than 60,000 Britons into chaos.

Sun4U customers to pay twice for hotels

Holidaymakers were told yesterday they would have to pay twice for their overseas accommodation following the collapse of the tour operator Sun4U.

Collapse highlights complicated system of protection

The collapse of tour operator Sun4U highlights the ultra-complicated system of protection for holidaymakers.

Holidaymakers pay out again as tour operator collapses

Holidaymakers were today having to pay for their overseas accommodation for a second time following the collapse of tour operator Sun4U.

Simon Calder: You can see why he'd had enough

The problem is deeper than Steven Slater: it is the airline industry itself, with its record of chronic over-supply, promiscuous passengers and failure to behave rationally

Consuming Issues: Beware the DIY approach when booking that trip

The fallout from the collapse of the British tour operator Goldtrail last month is still being felt. Those who booked holidays with the company and were unable to travel will be part-way through the process of trying to get their costs refunded. But what protection do you have in the event of a tour firm or airline going bust, and how likely are you to get your money back?

The plane disaster drill that fooled the world

Journalists are long used to taking the word of Zimbabwean authorities with than a generous pinch of salt. But as black smoke billowed over Harare airport yesterday and ambulances screeched towards it, the worst was expected.

No deaths in Harare flight accident

Reports of a crash involving a London-departing Boeing jet led to worried calls to airlines today only for the incident to be later declared a practice drill.

Gabon tour operator pulls plug on Africa's Eden after aviation row

Will this mean an end to president's eco-tourism ambitions, asks Daniel Howden

James Burton: Whatever happened to ... Iceland's volcanic ash

The ash cloud that stranded hundreds of thousands of passengers, threatened to blight a summer of air travel and turn 2010 into one long winter has, er, disappeared.

Simon Calder: The summer starts here – or does it?

The sand, when finally you feel it between your toes, is real enough; so is the satisfying sting on your lips from sea water, black olives or a glass of tequila; the exotic sights or scenery that fill your field of vision; the scent of strange spices or cigarettes; and the cheerfully anarchic cacophony of dawn and dusk, whether you are immersed in a metropolis or a rainforest.

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