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Less than £200... Just £150pp gets you two nights in Copenhagen. The deal, with easyJet Holidays, is valid for departure on 20 November, with flights from Manchester and a room-only stay at the Ibsens Hotel, which has playful, vintage interiors, in the city centre. Holidays.easyjet.com

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Flybe boss Jim French, credited with turning the regional carrier into a major player in the European aviation market, is stepping down as chairman after more than 20 years with the company.

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Easyjet is set to hit profit heights after summer boost

FTSE 100 budget airline easyJet today said it will hit the very top of its annual profit forecast thanks to a busy summer.

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A law lecturer who sent a tweet complaining about easyJet after his flight was delayed said he was initially told he would not be allowed to board the plane because of the posting.

Get me out of here - Mallorca, Florence, Far East cruise

Now... Depart next Sunday for a five-star break in Mallorca. The package leaves on 22 September with Monarch flights from Gatwick for a week at the Puravida Resort Blau Porto Petro. The price is £1,149pp with half-board and transfers. Classic-collection.co.uk

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Outlook The TUC today releases the latest edition of its Pension Watch survey, an illuminating document which analyses the retirement arrangements of the directors of this country's top 100 companies.

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Get me out of here - Portugal, High Tatras, Mauritius

Now... Depart on 17 August for week in Portugal and pay £378pp. The easyJet Holidays trip includes B&B at Agua Marinha, an adults-only hotel with a pool near the Algarve village of Olhos de Agua, and flights from Glasgow to Faro. holidays.easyjet.com

Finance head departs Flybe as new boss makes his mark

Flybe’s long-standing finance director has resigned, just three working days after the struggling airline’s new chief executive started his job.

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