Low-cost airline Ryanair is pinning its hopes on an end to the summer heatwave

Ryanair eyes potential for advertising on outside of jets

Passengers turn down sunshine break abroad to top up tans at home

Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair

London's three main airports EACH need a new runway, says Ryanair chief

Michael O'Leary wades in as deadline nears for submissions on aviation capacity

Heathrow plus one An extra runway north of the A4 at Sipson has been ditched in favour of an extra southern runway

Government should turn Heathrow into homes and open new airport on Kent's Isle of Grain, says Boris Johnson

London Mayor dismisses adding extra runways at Heathrow and Gatwick as 'intellectual culs-de-sac'

Plan to double easyJet passengers at Stansted

EasyJet plans to double its Stansted passengers over the next five years, the airport's new owner said yesterday.

Pair remanded after allegedly threating to blow up Pakistan International Airways flight

Two friends who allegedly threatened to blow up an aeroplane and kill its passengers and crew were today remanded to custody.

Two men charged with endangering an aircraft after Pakistan Airlines flight was diverted over UK

Armed police boarded the flight at Stansted airport after an RAF Typhoon jet was scrambled to escort the Boeing 777

By next week, temperatures are expected to reach 20C in the south east

Just in time: Dry, sunny weather predicted for Bank Holiday weekend

The unseasonably cold weather in southern areas and the Midlands will make way for a dry and sunny Bank Holiday weekend, forecasters said.

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The 10 metre pool at the four star Down Hall Country House Hotel was open to guests but unsupervised. The couple, who had checked in together, were found in their swimming costumes

Two guests found dead in Essex hotel pool 'drowned'

Staff dived into the water to save them but they could not be resuscitated

A picture of Chris Holmes' resignation cake was posted on twitter

Employment: A resignation letter that really rises to the occasion

We’re used to disgruntled employees’ resignations doing the rounds these days. In the internet age, those bitter parting words can be uploaded and forwarded in an instant.

Big lift for Boeing as Ryanair places $16 billion jets order

Irish budget airline Ryanair today announced a landmark deal with US plane maker Boeing to buy 175 jets for $15.6 billion (£10.3 billion).

Vicky Pryce leaving Southwark Crown Court

Vicky Pryce retrial judge tells new jury that 'the slate is wiped clean' following previous failure to reach a verdict

The judge for the retrial of the ex-wife of disgraced MP Chris Huhne told a new jury today that the slate had been wiped clean following the failure to reach a verdict in the case last week.

Heathrow chief backs soaring charges as it moves into the black

The boss of Heathrow today staunchly defended the airport’s planned hike in landing and take-off charges that will see passenger fares rise, saying they provided a “crucial return for shareholders”.

Heathrow revenues take-off after record 70 million passengers used Britain's biggest airport in 2012

Heathrow reported higher revenues and profits today after a record 70 million passengers used Britain's biggest airport during 2012.

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It had to be an island, but what we really wanted was Italy. The food, the heat, the Spirito di Punto. But Sicily and Sardinia were too big; Capri too crowded. And then I remembered the Aeolian Islands: eight specks of volcanic rock adrift in the Tyrrhenian Sea; often read about, but always just beyond reach.

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