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A tour of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

The Russians bring Ajax down to earth

Ajax, the newly crowned world club champions, left for home for the second time yesterday after their original flight from Tokyo was refused permission to fly over Russia, an airport spokesman said.

Legion bug at Heathrow

Heathrow airport yesterday assured passengers they were not at risk after the case of a KLM baggage handler who spent 10 days in hospital fighting the potentially lethal Legionnaire's Disease, writes Elaine Fogg.

Travel: Bumpy ride

EVEN if you have a ticket costing pounds 5,000, it seems there is no certainty you will get to your destination. I was to fly from Heathrow to Amsterdam on British Airways, with a confirmed ticket which had cost about that much. Yes, I know you can fly there and back for pounds 79, but this was an Air Miles ticket: it had cost around pounds 5,000 to earn the required points.

Travel: Being up so long can get you down: Roll up for the mystery tour] The bizarre surprise packages on offer from KLM seduced Simon Calder. He had a day to forget

I closed my eyes and counted to 10. When I opened them the aeroplane's information screen was still glaring at me. It bore the disquieting information that I was flying over London at 30,000ft. Momentarily, I was only six miles from home, but the Boeing 747 that had been my residence for most of the previous 24 hours was flying on for another 40 minutes, and then I would be 200 miles further away and even more tired. There was nothing magical about this mystery tour.

Jumbo near-miss

Air investigators were studying an 'air-miss' in which a KLM Boeing 747 jumbo jet carrying nearly 300 passengers had to climb to avoid two military jets east of Stornoway in the Western Isles on Saturday.

Bodycote down 13% for year

RATIONALISATION in its Dutch subsidiary and the malaise in the world aviation industry pushed full-year pre-tax profits at Bodycote International down 13 per cent to pounds 11.8m, below analysts' expectations, writes Glenda Cooper.

KLM in new scare

AKLM-operated Saab aircraft on a flight to Cardiff was forced to return to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport after a warning light showed the aircraft's de-icing system had failed. On Monday, a similar KLM aircraft operating the same route crash- landed killing three people.

Crash pilot reported engine trouble: British woman among three dead as KLM aircraft comes down soon after take-off from Amsterdam

THREE PEOPLE died and 13 were seriously injured yesterday when an aircraft carrying 21 passengers, mostly British, from Amsterdam to Cardiff crash-landed at Schiphol airport shortly after take-off.

Air UK flies back to profit after three years in red

AIR UK, the country's third biggest scheduled carrier, returned to profit last year after losses of pounds 31m in the previous three years.

Future of airlines in doubt after failure of Alcazar plan

THE COLLAPSE of talks on the Alcazar European airline merger shook the four airlines involved yesterday, sparking concerns about their financial strength, Reuter reports.

Airline merger talks crash: Plans for European fortress founder over US partner

FRANKFURT (Reuter) - Alcazar, the most ambitious airline merger ever attempted, was grounded yesterday when four European carriers abandoned talks because of a dispute about which US partner they should fly with.

Merger in trouble

The planned merger of KLM, Swissair, Scandinavian Airline System and Austrian Airlines to create a new super-airline 'Alcazar' looked close to collapse yesterday. The four airlines were expected to break off talks after 10 months, because of a dispute about the choice of a US partner. KLM wanted to retain its link with Northwest Airlines, but the other three favoured Delta Air Lines.

Swissair claims agreement on global airline is close: Alliance forecast to add 760m pounds to bottom line of partners

SWISSAIR, one of the four European carriers involved in talks to create a new global airline force, said yesterday that agreement was close.

Airlines complain over handling monopolies

SEVERAL airlines - including British Airways, SAS, KLM and Air France - have complained to the European Commission about alleged abuse of ground-handling monopolies at some European airports.

KLM and Northwest merge operations

NORTHWEST Airlines and KLM, the Dutch flag carrier, began integrating their international operations yesterday, announcing plans to merge their schedules and operate joint transatlantic flights.
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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London