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Spain's Iberia scraps flights during strike 

Spanish airline Iberia cancelled more than a third of its flights today due to a strike by pilots fearing job losses when company planes are diverted for use by Iberia's planned new budget carrier.

Virgin anger as BA owner buys BMI

The owner of British Airways said today it had agreed to buy troubled airline BMI in a move which will increase its hold on the take off and landing slots at Heathrow airport.

Good to go: Australia; Hip Hotels; Iberia

Flight Centre continues its Australia sale this week. Look out for the "Sydney Starter Package" – reduced to £799. It's a good option for those embarking on a longer trip, since it offers an initial three-night stay at the four-star Great Southern Hotel in the city and includes return airfare from London airports. When you consider that return airfare alone would normally cost around £800, this offer looks particularly attractive. Based in the heart of Sydney's entertainment district, the simple but stylish hotel gives you time to explore before launching into a longer adventure. The deal is valid for travel between 1 April and 30 May; book by 31 March.

BA-Iberia may raise fuel surcharges

Passengers flying with British Airways and its partner carrier Iberia are likely to face further fuel surcharges, the boss of the merged airlines said today.

Traveller's Guide: The Inca Empire

A century after Hiram Bingham stumbled upon the dramatic ruins of Machu Picchu, Mick Webb explores the trails and cities the Incas left behind

Spain's master of haute couture makes final bow

The grandfather of Spanish fashion, 81-year-old Elio Berhanyer, has become the latest victim of the country's ailing economy. The veteran designer, a survivor of Spain's bygone era of haute couture who once dressed Ava Gardner and Cyd Charisse, was forced to close his Madrid atelier this month after a year of sluggish sales. His employees reportedly had not received their wages since September.

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Short-sellers strengthen their grip on troubled BA

More than 16 per cent of shares in British Airways are now on loan to short-sellers, suggesting investors believe that stock in the troubled airline which faces a make-or-break few weeks is still over-valued.