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Willie Walsh got a new job this month: the Irish government hired the British Airways supremo as chairman of advisers to its state debt agency. And the latest evidence of the impact of Mr Walsh’s drastic cost-cutting at International Airlines Group (IAG) suggests the Irish couldn’t have found a better person for the job.

Willie Walsh takes Spanish pilots' union to court

Willie Walsh, the boss of the owner of British Airways and Iberia, gave Spanish pilots a taste of his tough management style yesterday by suing their union for calling strikes.

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This week: The effect for British travellers of Spain's national airline making deep cuts

Q Iberia has announced plans to cut its network. What will this mean for fares and services between the UK and Spain?

This week: The effect for British travellers of Spain's national airline making deep cuts

Q Iberia has announced plans to cut its network. What will this mean for fares and services between the UK and Spain?

4,000 jobs to go as Iberia fights for life

The owner of British Airways and Iberia yesterday announced plans to axe more than 4,000 jobs, sell off planes and cut routes at the Spanish airline, admitting its loss-making purchase was in a "fight for survival".

Spanish airline Iberia cancelled more than a third of its flights today

British Airways owner IAG to axe 4,500 jobs as it tries to stem Iberia losses

The owner of British Airways is to axe 4,500 jobs as it battles to save its loss-making Spanish airline Iberia.

BA owner IAG makes £199m loss

Spain's economic crisis and the "deep and structural" problems of its main airline plunged the owner of British Airways into the red today.

Branson squares up to Walsh in European battle

Virgin Atlantic poised to appeal the EU decision to allow IAG's purchase of Bmi to pass so easily

Five live: Could the inter-terminal sprint become an Olympic event at Heathrow?

Simon Calder: Terminal tangle afflicts Britain's busiest airport

Terminal 5 at Heathrow is, by the unchallenging standards of UK airport architecture, magnificent. Not only is the £4.3bn structure a spectacular, spacious celebration of flight – it is also a great place to change planes. Whether you are going from Newcastle to New York or Chicago to Chennai, the all-important "minimum connecting time" is just one hour. In 60 minutes, your bag is transferred in the gigantic sorting office below the terminal, while you are free to explore the shops and restaurants, or simply revel in the space and light "T5" affords.

BA warns City it will only break even

The owner of British Airways yesterday shocked the City by warning that it will only break even this year, as it suffers from Spain's economic strife, soaring fuel costs and strikes.

£211 loss for BA owner International Airlines Group

Rising fuel costs and the impact of Spain's economic crisis left the owner of British Airways and Iberia nursing big quarterly losses today.

Something to declare: Spanish practices; Reykjavik; Jersey; safety in the Maldives

Warning of the week: Spanish practices

Olympics 'will hit demand for business flights'

The owner of British Airways – the official airline of the Olympics – has warned that the Games will "dampen" demand for its flights, particularly in the lucrative business market.

A panoramic view of Santiago

Santiago: Poetry and motion in Chile's capital

Santiago carries reminders of a troubled past, but Simone Kane discovers that art and architecture are much in evidence too

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