Knight vision: Medieval magic in Gotland, Sweden

Summer 2012: Family-friendly festivals

Jousting knights and juggling jesters will help recreate the spirit of medieval Sweden at the Medeltidsveckan Festival (00 46 0498 29 10 70; www.medeltidsveckan.se), in the walled city of Visby on Gotland island from 5-12 August. Sunvil Discovery (020-8758 4722; sunvil.co.uk/discovery) has a week from £1,385 per person including return flights on SAS Scandinavian Airlines from Heathrow via Stockholm to Visby, accommodation with breakfast and car hire.

French flavours: The gastronomic hub of Lyon is the setting for a new food and wine holiday

Summer 2012: French favourites

Brittany's south coast is the setting for Les Jardins d'Arvor, a new complex of 134 family friendly apartments at Bénodet that is being sold through Brittany Ferries (0871 244 1444; brittanyferries.com/holidays).

Travel Challenge: A summer break in Iceland

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a short summer break in Iceland. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. All packages include three nights' accommodation in the capital Reykjavik and flights from London in June.

The airline that pioneered charges for checked-in baggage has abandoned its £9 flat fee for paying with debit cards.

Flybe becomes first budget airline to drop £9 debit card fees

Change comes as the Office of Fair Trading is considering legal action against travel firms that refuse to scrap debit-card charges.

Deals of the week: Barcelona, Malta, Jordan

Less than £200... Soak up the culture in Barcelona on a two-night break for £173pp. The deal includes easyJet flights from Gatwick on 19 May and stylish accommodation with breakfast at the Rafaelhoteles Badalona, close to Montjuic. Lastminute.com

EasyJet adds new routes for winter

Low-fare airline easyJet has announced a series of new routes for winter 2012.

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

EasyJet launches new Belfast route

Low-cost airline easyJet is to start a new Belfast-Birmingham service, it was announced today.

Simon Calder: End of the runway for BMI, but will passengers suffer?

The man who pays his way

Cliffhanger: Sant'Agata is a good base for exploring the delights of Amalfi

Travel challenge: A Jubilee escape on the Mediterranean

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a Mediterranean break over the Jubilee bank holiday. All prices are per person, based on two sharing. Each includes flights from the UK on Saturday 2 June and three nights' accommodation.

How to spend two days in Zurich – and could a strike spoil a Spanish break?

Q. My husband has to be in Zurich on business later this month, and he would like me to join for him for a long weekend. Would you have some advice on how we could spend two days there? Rebecca Grunwald, London

French air traffic strike has grounded 200 flights to and from the UK, with many other passengers hit by delays of up to seven hours

Chaos on roads, rail and in the sky... it must be Easter

Strikes in France and Spain set to leave tens of thousands of passengers stranded at home

easyJet chief executive, Carolyn McCall

Carolyn McCall: In the pilot's seat at easyJet

After nearly two years in charge, the budget airline's chief executive is used to dealing with headwinds, as Lucy Tobin discovers

Higher charges cut EasyJet losses

Low-cost airline easyJet said today that half-year losses would be smaller than expected as its revenues were boosted by higher baggage charges.

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