easyJet denies organising whip-round to pay passengers to leave overweight plane

Flight crew accused of arranging collection to compensate four volunteers who got off at Liverpool airport

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 9 January 2013

Samsung rings up more huge profits

EasyJet and Ryanair soar as festive fliers flock to cheap fares

The budget airlines easyJet and Ryanair increased passenger numbers over the Christmas period as customers snapped up low-cost flights.

Travel Challenge: Half term in Tenerife

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a trip to Tenerife during the February school half term. Prices are for a family of four (two adults, two children), with a week's accommodation and flights from the UK to Tenerife South on 16 or 17 February.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk, Thursday 3 January

Volcano visit

Travel in 2013: Holidays for culture vultures

Film locations are always compelling destinations and New Zealand, the setting for The Hobbit will come back into focus in 2013.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: How to change a flight on an easyJet multiple booking

Every day our travel guru answers your travel questions

EasyJet's launch for Cornwall

EasyJet has launched a new route to Newquay from Southend airport.

Scots sign deal for easyJet flights

Scottish parliamentarians and the other 580,000 public-sector workers in Scotland will be flying easyJet after the budget airline signed a travel deal in the country.

Over Africa: Fastjet begins flying this week

Simon Calder: Could Africa’s skies at last be wide open?

The man who pays his way

EasyJet flies high as profits soar to £317 million and dividend doubles

Surging numbers of austerity-hit firms forcing their executives to fly easyJet helped the budget carrier to post a 28% surge in pre-tax profits to a record £317 million today, giving it the confidence to more than double its dividend.

EasyJet to launch Manchester to Moscow route

Budget airline easyJet is to begin a new Manchester-Moscow service next year.

European protests cause flight misery

‘Day of action and solidarity’ against austerity measures sees demonstrations in 23 countries across the Continent

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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
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How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
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For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
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The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...