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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.

Iberia backs BA plan for pension scheme

The merger between British Airways and Iberia moved a step closer today after the Spanish airline approved BA's plan to deal with a £3.7 billion pension deficit.

EU clears BA-Iberia merger for take-off

The European Commission has signed off both the merger of British Airways and Iberia and proposals for the newly merged group to tie up with American Airlines (AA).

BA-Iberia merger given green light by Europe

A merger between British Airways and Spain's Iberia national carrier was approved by the European Commission today.

BA shareholders face union protest

British Airways shareholders will face a union protest today before the airline's annual meeting in London.

Union urges BA to end 'fixation with conflict'

The Unite union, currently engaged in a bitter cabin crew dispute with British Airways, will be handing out letters to shareholders attending tomorrow's annual meeting of the airline.

Travel Agenda: Okinawa Day; Hotel Le Seven; Britain to Rio de Janeiro

Today: Find out about Japan's southern islands at Okinawa Day in London's Spitalfields, which celebrates art, music and food from this sub-tropical archipelago (okinawaday.org.uk). From Asia to Iberia ... the capital is also celebrating Spanish food in Potters Fields Park next to City Hall with Tapas Fantasticas. The event, which runs over the weekend, celebrates wines from Rioja and the country's venerated food ( winesfromrioja.co.uk/tapasfantasticas ).

Hold the frills: How budget airlines broadened our horizons

It's a quarter of a century this summer since Ryanair took to the skies. Budget airlines may have their critics, but they have set us free, argues Simon Calder

BA strikes deal to repair £3.7bn pensions deficit

British Airways has struck a deal with its pension trustees on a recovery plan designed to address the airline's ballooning pensions deficit and smooth the planned merger with Spanish flag carrier Iberia.

BA agrees pensions plan ahead of merger

British Airways said today that it had agreed a recovery plan for its underfunded pension schemes in a move which paves the way for its merger with Spanish rival Iberia.

BA's dream of US alliance to take off at last

Willy Walsh is under seige, but his proposed deal with American Airlines will soon get the go-ahead

Travel Challenge: An adventure in Peru

Every week, we invite companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a two-week journey around Peru, leaving in mid June. Prices are per person based on two sharing.

KLM counts the cost of the ash cloud

The airline's president talks to Mark Leftly about how the industry viewed the EU's response to the catastrophe

David Prosser: The pensions regulator is all-powerful

Outlook No one could accuse Tony Hobman, the chief executive of the Pensions Regulator who announced his departure yesterday, of failing to serve his time. He has run the regulator for five years, since it was first set up to protect the interests of millions of members of occupational pension schemes.

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