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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

Impact of European air shutdown will be 'vast'

The impact of the volcanic ash-induced shutdown of northern European aviation will be "vast", will take months to fully assess and will be far higher than figures suggested now, air analysts said today.

All UK airports reopen as Navy comes to the aid of stranded Britons

Around 150,000 still marooned abroad as pressure mounts on airlines to restore schedules after flight ban is lifted

Scientists brave danger to fly up to ash cloud

Scientists were today analysing samples taken from the volcanic ash cloud sitting over the UK.

Flight punctuality severely hit by cold spell

The extent to which the pre-Christmas cold spell severely affected flight punctuality at major UK airports was revealed in official figures out today.

Recession brought record fall in airport traffic

UK airports last year recorded their biggest drop in passenger numbers since the Second World War, according to research published yesterday by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Simon Calder: BA will never prosper while it's tangled in prehistoric practices

From the world's favourite airline to the UK's third-favourite carrier: that is the ignominy this morning facing British Airways. New figures from the Civil Aviation Authority show that BA's arch-rivals easyJet and Ryanair each fly more passengers through UK airports than does BA. Last year the two no-frills carriers were neck-and-neck at 28.1m, while British Airways is now 7 per cent lower at 26.3m.

Police drone grounded in licensing probe

A police force has grounded a £40,000 "eye in the sky" amid concerns it was being used illegally.

Kate Simon: Why priority boarding is a must for no-frills flyers with small children

I never thought I'd need another reason to dislike the experience of flying no-frills, yet a trip on Ryanair to Sicily with the family revealed one more way to send my blood pressure soaring.

BA accused over 'strike-breaker' training plans

British Airways was today accused of trying to rush through a "handful" of workers to try to break any strike by cabin crew involved in a bitter row over jobs, pay and conditions.

Administrators hunt for missing £100m from E-Clear's finances

Personal assets of Elias Elia, the man behind the failed credit card company, could be frozen

E-Clear: Court to rule on lost Globespan cash

Globespan administrators will take their fight to the high court on Tuesday in an effort to find up to £20m in alleged missing cash from E-Clear, the credit card processing firm.

Package triggers bomb scare at Milan airport

Bomb experts destroyed a suspicious package that was found at Milan's Malpensa airport today, but officials said it contained no explosives.

FlyGlobespan 'owed £30m by credit card firm'

Collapsed airline's administrators make 550 staff redundant

Advice for stranded Flyglobespan travellers

Some holidaymakers affected by airline Flyglobespan's collapse will be able to claim a full refund - but it depends on how they booked their trip.

Operation begins to bring home stranded Flyglobespan holidaymakers

A major operation to get stranded air passengers home for Christmas began today after the collapse of airline Flyglobespan.

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