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Airport runway public inquiry delayed again

A public inquiry into whether a second runway should be built at Stansted Airport was today delayed for a second time, the Communities and Local Government Secretary revealed.

Michelle Obama flies in for secret sight-seeing trip

When Michelle Obama, America's First Lady, gets back to the White House she will be able to say that she went to London and all she got was a lousy pamphlet with a colour photograph of Michael Martin on the front cover.

Obama warns G20 leaders against giving in to 'fear'

Barack Obama warned G20 leaders against giving in to "fear" and getting into a blame game today, on the eve of the crunch summit to rescue the global economy.

Nine arrested over airport protest

Scottish police arrested nine environmental activists who broke through a fence at an airport today to protest expansion plans, officials said. A dozen flights were canceled.

Railways hit by delays

Snow drifting on to the tracks caused a huge number of railway services linking London with other parts of the country to be cancelled or severely delayed. Southeastern and South West Trains were the worst affected, with the majority of services suspended. Trains running from King's Cross up the east coast main line were subject to delays of about 30 minutes. Trains on the main link between London and Gatwick Airport were reduced to an hourly service.

Cosmetics tycoon funds aviation protest group

A multi-millionaire who provided funding for climate change protesters who broke into Stansted Airport on Monday has offered to pay their legal fees. Mark Constantine, 56, a co-founder of the cosmetics company Lush, uses some of its profits and his own money to support the work of the pressure group Plane Stupid.

Security fears follow Stansted breach

Security at one of Britain's busiest airports is under urgent review tonight after environmental campaigners broke in, forcing the runway to be closed.

Passengers face long queues after airport protest

Fed-up airline passengers stood in long queues at Stansted Airport today after a protest by environmental campaigners closed the runway.

57 arrested as Stansted protest grounds flights

Police arrested 57 people today after a protest by climate change activists forced flight cancellations and delays at one of Britain's busiest airports.

No-frills airline connects UK to Asia for under £100

Travellers will be able to fly to Asia for under £100 on a new no-frills service from London to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ryanair to compete with rival on holiday routes

Budget airline Ryanair announced today that it was to compete with rival easyJet on two key routes from a major holiday-flight airport.

Tory opposition to new airport runways 'baffling'

Aviation companies today branded the Conservatives' opposition to new airport runways "baffling".

Bilbao by ferry: Plain sailing

The 'Pride of Bilbao' may take 36 hours to reach Spain, says Simon Calder, but it's worth it

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