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A tour of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

Regus chief is worth pounds 250m

The entrepreneur who runs Regus, the company that provides temporary office space to travelling executives, was worth more than pounds 250m yesterday after the company received a $100m (pounds 60m) cash injection.

BA's rivals match cut-price flights

THE low-price airline war intensified yesterday with rivals to British Airways' newly launched discount flight company, Go, cutting their fares.

City Breaks: Call me stingy

Call me stingy (as I'm sure the family will, when we exchange presents), but this column's modest end-of-term prizegiving ceremony is about to begin.

All Souls: Dancing on a string in Guatemala City

Today, in the little town of Santiago Sacatepequez in Guatemala, the skies will be filled with vibrantly coloured kites. Marianna Minns watches the celebrations there for All Saints' Day.

Sky's the limit for easyJet fly

EasyJet Airline's founder, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, has revealed that he plans to take his no-frills carrier public in late 1998 or 1999. Mr Haji-Ioannou, a Greek shipping heir who started easyJet with pounds 5m of family capital in late 1995, said the UK airline turned its first annual profit in the financial year ending September.

Wine: Finns are the toast of the skies

The Finnish are at the start when it comes to wining passengers on planes. Their national airline, Finnair has been voted best airline for wine in a survey carried out by Business Traveller magazine.

700 escape mid-air crash over California

Two airliners each carrying approximately 350 people flew within 300ft of one another over Los Angeles, California, yesterday after a pilot apparently failed to follow instructions from the control tower at the city's LAX airport.

Huge delays after Heathrow crash-landing

Hundreds of flights to and from Heathrow airport were delayed yesterday after a plane carrying 45 people crash-landed.

Airliners' near miss inquiry

The Department of Transport's Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has opened an inquiry into a serious near miss incident over Essex last week, in which a passenger jet dropped to within 100 feet of the track of another airliner circling below it. Both were waiting to land at London's Heathrow Airport.

Planes `seconds from crash'

Two airliners came close to a potential mid-air collision as they were on approach to Heathrow Airport, London, a union said last night.

Letter: Right bank

Right bank

The Two Bobs and a concord in the sky

A flight from competition? asks Ian Griffiths. Not a bit of it, say the kings-elect of the aviation world

TRAVEL: IN SCARLETT'S FOOTSTEPS

The spirit of the Deep South before the American Civil War lives on, in mansions converted to exclusive b&bs. Juliet Clough visits Natchez, Mississippi, the queen of the crinoline cities

SEVEN EXOTIC HOLIDAYS TO BE WON

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