Frustrated passengers wait in the departure hall of Gatwick's North Terminal on Christmas Eve

Heathrow, Gatwick and the Channel Tunnel hit fresh highs despite Christmas Eve chaos

Record numbers of passengers travelled through London’s two main airports and under the Channel last month in the great Christmas getaway.

Mark Leftly: Weather chaos shoots down Gatwick's expansion plans

Westminster Outlook The minds of politicians and business bosses work very differently. MPs are, typically, marvellously impressive at linking very disparate topics with a single thread of argument; directors believe this is disingenuous at best.

Frustrated passengers wait in the departure hall of Gatwick's North Terminal on Christmas Eve

Gatwick bosses learned of Christmas Eve flood just half an hour before

Gatwick bosses found out that a damaging Christmas Eve flood was on the way only half an hour before it happened, the airport’s chief executive revealed on Tuesday.

Howard's end: no more 'stacking' for planes

Simon Calder: Ho, ho, ho! Christmas cheer to report

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Vince Cable has decided against a ban on zero- hour contracts as some workers need flexibility

Vince Cable: London 'is sucking the life out of the rest of the country'

Business secretary warns against Heathrow airport expansion

Airports Commission: New runways considered at Heathrow and Gatwick - but politicians refuse to be bound by final decision

Thames Estuary options not included at present 'because there are too many uncertainties and challenges surrounding them at this stage'

Flight path: Yes to Heathrow expansion; no to Boris Johnson’s Estuary hub

Revealed: Take-off for controversial Heathrow expansion as David Cameron faces anger of Lib Dems, London Mayor, and his own party

Two of the shortlisted options in Davies report on airports out this week favours third (and fourth?) runway

Standstill: Gatwick trains are due to be disrupted

Simon Calder: Welcome to Gatwick. Now get lost

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A galaxy not so far away: the Milky Way ski area

Get me out of here - spa in Andalucia, sun in the UAE, ski in the Milky Way

Now... Christmas spa break in Andalucia

If you want to remove yourself from the Christmas chaos, there's a three-night wellness break at the Shanti Som retreat, Andalucia for £839pp. Departing on 23 December with easyJet flights from Gatwick to Malaga, it includes all meals, a guided hike and a massage. bit.ly/SpaSpain

Eurostar stake to be sold and nuclear power station to be built in new UK infrastructure spending plan

Plan includes sale of Eurostar stake and funding for a new nuclear plan

Gatwick passenger traffic rises to 20.8m in first half as chief executive calls for new runway

Gatwick numbers take off as chief executive calls for new runway

The Sussex airport posted an impressive 18.75 per cent increase in pre-tax profit to £127.3 million in the first half

Jim Armitage: A chance for Boris Island to go bang once and for all

Outlook Say what you like about Boris Johnson, his survival skills in the political jungle make fellow Old Etonian Bear Grylls look a wimp.

Sir Howard Davies: 'Additional capacity will need to be provided'

We need additional capacity': Airports chief Sir Howard Davies clears the fog (a little) over airport expansion for South East England

He confirmed to The Independent that it was possible he could propose both a second runway at Gatwick and a third runway at Heathrow

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From Bristol to Reykjavik, skiing in Milton Keynes, and the 90th anniversary edition of the South American Handbook

Ryanair plans passenger increase at Stansted in exchange for fee cut

Irish carrier signs ten-year deal with airport to boost passenger numbers to 20 million

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
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Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee