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If you pay £6 to go to Prague on RyanAir, what do you expect?

Jobs boost with new Ryanair routes

Up to 2,000 new jobs could be created after Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary announced a raft of new routes from Manchester Airport.

Questions Of Cash: Customers should check power tariffs

Q. Scottish Power has been reported as putting up its electricity prices by 10 per cent from1 August 2011. I checked the increases to my tariffs and according to my calculations, there will actually be rises of 26 per cent on the first 225,000 units used; 45 per cent extra on day units; and 57 per cent extra on night units. I am annoyed.JR, by email.

Airline traffic rises in June

International Airlines Group, formed by the merger of BA and Iberia, posted a rise in passenger traffic for June thanks to continued growth in first-class and business-class travel.

Ryanair passenger numbers up 9%

Budget airline Ryanair carried 7.33 million passengers last month - 9% more than in June 2010, it was announced today.

Simon Read: Plastic card charges are a menace that must be controlled

Rip-off fees on plastic cards have been outlawed by the Office of Fair Trading this week, but that doesn't mean we'll see the end of them any time soon. While the OFT has given companies notice to change misleading debit and credit card surcharging practices, you can be sure that they'll drag their feet long enough to ensure a decent flow of extra profits before they have to comply.

Airlines risk legal action over credit card 'sting'

Budget airlines, theatres and football clubs risk legal action if they continue to levy inflated charges for paying by credit and debit cards, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) warned yesterday.

The Mosel: A green day in a very pleasant land

The no-frills route to Frankfurt is also a gateway to the Mosel river, says Andrew Eames. But this 'dreamier version of the Rhine' is under threat, so enjoy this treasure while you still can

Ryanair may charge €10 for reserved seats

Ryanair is set to allow customers on all its flights to reserve seats, the no-frills carrier has told The Independent.

Business Diary: Johnson chokes on his coffee

Luke Johnson, the private equity mogul, might want to check staff aren't spitting in his latte next time he pops into Starbucks for a pick-me-up. Johnson is less than complimentary about the coffee chain in the latest issue of Management Today – and particularly its chairman Howard Schulz. The Starbucks founder's latest tome, How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing its Soul, is on sale in the chain's coffee shops. "This book is 350 pages of self-indulgent claptrap," Johnson says.

Volcanic ash cloud could return at weekend

High levels of volcanic ash could return to the UK on Friday just as the bank holiday weekend getaway begins, forecasters have warned.

Ash cloud spreads over Europe, and already the fallout has begun

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary attacks Civil Aviation Authority for cautious approach as thousands are stranded at airports

Business Diary: Cheating bankers stray in house

Bankers became public enemy number one during the credit crisis. They can expect even more opprobrium at home after an extraordinary survey carried out for Here is the City. From the poll of almost 2,000 male and female bankers, 72 per cent admitted to having "at least one affair", the overwhelming majority of which involved a work colleague. The survey found that, surprise surprise, a male banker was four times more likely to cheat than a female counterpart. Among the other choice nuggets, 37 per cent of the men decided on an affair as it was "cheaper than a divorce", and 24 per cent said they strayed because their wife now reminded them of their mother.

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