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The chairman and board members of British Airways were tonight urged to "use their influence" in a bid to resolve the cabin crew dispute, which descended into a bitter war of words after a weekend of strike action.

BA plans to keep 60% of passengers flying

British Airways today announced emergency plans to leep 60 per cent of its customers flying during the planned cabin crew strike this weekend – either on its plane or other airlines – as the dispute threatened to hit Labour’s general election campaign.

BA cabin crew to strike after talks with airline break down

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After British Airways cabin voted in favour of a strike this week with no indication of when staff might walk out (other than a promise not to strike over Easter), many of you may be feeling uneasy about choosing flights with the flag-carrying airline between now and May.

BAA losses swell after £277m Gatwick sale charge

Airports operator posts £822m loss, but insists that conditions are easing

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BAA's London airports racked up annual losses of £822 million today after the sale of Gatwick and one-off pension charges hit the business.

Sir Norman Payne: Head of BAA who led the British expansion in civil aviation

Norman Payne was Sir BAA. It was under his leadership that Gatwick and Stansted were created, as well as Terminal 4 at Heathrow and Gatwick North Terminal. In so doing Payne settled London Airports' capacity from the early 1980s until well into the present century, fuelling the opportunity for the UK's expansion in civil aviation. He was engineer, planner, Chief Executive, Chairman and leader. Of all the nationalised industry chairmen he was the most successful and longest serving. And in 1982 he saw through privatisation efficiently and against much political objection, holding the British Airports Authority together.

Helen Croydon: Will the real road signs please stand out

Once you've got the street, you've then got to locate the building number

Detaining children in Britain: No place for the innocent

What kind of country drags vulnerable children from their beds at daybreak, puts them behind bars and fills them with terror? Paul Vallely meets a family who have endured this horror – in Britain. And they're not alone

Stansted sale on ice as BAA lands appeal win over 'bias'

Court 'reluctantly' finds that competition panel may have been affected by bias

BAA wins part of appeal against airport sale ruling

Airport operator BAA today won part of its appeal against a Competition Commission (CC) ruling that it must sell three of its airports.

Tribunal ruling on BAA break-up

BAA will find out this morning whether it is to be forced to sell off Stansted and one of its Scottish airports in line with a contested Competition Commission ruling.

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