Easyjet's expansion plans at Southend boost Stobart

Stobart Group's new Southend Airport will receive a major boost today when easyJet sets out plans to expand its operations out of the Essex base.

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Disabled Paralympics presenter Sophie Morgan was told she couldn't fly with Easyjet unless she had a companion with her.

African operator FastJet ready for take-off

FastJet, the new budget African airline, has signed leasing agreements for two aircraft, and poached easyJet and Ryanair bosses.

EasyJet eyeing a record after late rush in search of the sun

Budget airline easyJet yesterday flagged up record profits this year as holidaymakers who stayed at home for the Olympics dashed abroad to grab some late summer sun.

Kate Hughes: If I'd won £148m I'd call for financial advice

I'm not sure about you, but if I'd just won £148m and change in the Euromillions lottery I wouldn't be elated, I'd be terrified. And I certainly wouldn't be doing press interviews no matter how cajoling the people at Camelot were.

Stelios loses vote to oust easyJet boss

EasyJet chairman Sir Mike Rake yesterday survived a motion to sack him, leaving the airline's biggest shareholder and proposer of the motion Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou claiming the City had "confirmed its reputation as the place where conflicts of interest and web of directorships are encouraged". At the meeting at Luton Airport, Sir Stelios presented a resolution to eject Sir Mike, who is also deputy chairman of Barclays.

Dog fight over pilot seat at easyJet

Sir Stelios, the airline's majority shareholder, is gunning for the chairman's scalp. Lucy Tobin reports

Travel Challenge: Summer in Switzerland

Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a summer holiday in the Swiss Alps. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. Each package includes a week's accommodation and flights from the UK in mid August.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 26 July 2012

EasyJet raises profits forecast

Special dividend hint as easyJet profits soar

EasyJet yesterday hiked its annual profit forecast after Britons flocked to book flights to its sunniest destinations – and City analysts hinted a £200m special dividend could be on the way as a result.

Get me out of here: La Manga, Venic, Cophenhagen

Now... If Wimbledon has you reaching for your racquet, how about a week at one of Spain's top tennis hotels? Elegant Resorts has a seven-night stay at La Manga Club in Murcia for £795pp, with breakfast and easyJet flights from Gatwick for travel before 31 October. elegantresorts.co.uk

easyJet promises business passengers a free flight if they arrive more than 15 minutes late

EasyJet set to close Madrid base

Low-fare airline easyJet is proposing to close its Madrid base from winter 2012/13 but will continue to fly to the Spanish city from other bases.

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou set for take-off with a pan-African airline in Lonrho deal

EasyJet's founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou moved closer to launching a pan-African, low-cost airline yesterday after a British investment firm he is part of bought Lonhro's African aviation business.

Classic Collection Holidays is offering a stay at the Casa Velha do Palheiro for £1,153, including easyJet flights (0800 294 9318; classic-collection.co.uk)

Travel Challenge: A week in Madeira

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