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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.

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.

Something to declare: Transatlantic in style; Sydney; car rentals from airports; Eurostar compensation

Bargain of the week: Transatlantic in style

Travel Challenge Costa Rica

Each week we invite three travel companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a two-week trip to Costa Rica. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. All prices include 14 nights' accommodation and flights from Heathrow in early February next year.

Virgin cries foul as IAG agrees to take over BMI

The takeover of BMI by the British Airways-owner IAG would be "disastrous" for customers, Virgin Atlantic warned yesterday as it faced defeat in the race to buy the smaller carrier from Germany's Lufthansa.

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.

David Prosser: BMI is the prize in the airlines' battle of Britain

Outlook: Willie Walsh, the boss of International Airlines Group, has never hidden his interest in BMI. But in a straight fight with Virgin Atlantic to take the airline off the hands of Lufthansa, my money would be on Sir Richard Branson's mob.

End to free flights as British Airways devalues Airmiles

Passengers saving Airmiles for free flights on British Airways have responded with dismay to the airline's decision to devalue the reward.

BA devalues points in Airmiles programme devalued by BA

Passengers saving Airmiles for free flights on British Airways have responded with dismay to the airline's decision to devalue the reward system.

London-New York flight demand is a boost for BA

Strong demand for flights between London and New York overcame the drag of soaring fuel bills, enabling British Airways to push its new parent company into the black in the first half of the year.

BA merger company profits take off

British Airways and merger partner Iberia posted combined half-year profits of 39 million euros (£34.2 million) today, despite a 35% jump in fuel costs.

It's not the altitude that takes your breath away

It's 100 years since Machu Picchu was rediscovered, but Alex Stewart finds there's still enough solitude on the Inca Trail for him to play Indiana Jones

Airline traffic rises in June

International Airlines Group, formed by the merger of BA and Iberia, posted a rise in passenger traffic for June thanks to continued growth in first-class and business-class travel.

Ryanair passenger numbers up 9%

Budget airline Ryanair carried 7.33 million passengers last month - 9% more than in June 2010, it was announced today.

More carriers could fold, warns IAG's Willie Walsh

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG), the entity formed by the merger of Iberia and British Airways, warned yesterday that more airlines are likely to collapse in the wake of soaring oil prices.

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