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Video: Ryanair has gone one better than the Chancellor's Autumn Statement

Budget airlines like Ryanair often deliver profits

OFT challenges Ryanair over new booking charges

Fair trading officials today clashed with Ryanair over the reason the Irish airline gave for introducing extra charges for its passengers.

18 arrested in raids targeting gang suspected of bringing Iranian asylum seekers to UK

Seven people have been arrested in raids targeting a gang suspected of taking cash to help Iranian asylum seekers get into Britain.

‘It’s nice to have a couple of young ones coming through,’ says Mouse Morris

Mouse ready to roar again with Gigginstown prospects

With the best young jumpers increasingly herded into the same yards, it is dispiriting to hear a trainer with the flair and experience of Mouse Morris lamenting a lack of resources. By the same token, then, at least one of the sport's big spenders merits congratulation for backing a man whose idiosyncrasies and sensitivity will always get the best out of a horse – even if they prevent him squandering his dignity, in flattery or salesmanship.

Ryanair chief wants new runways at each airport

Ryanair's chief executive has described plans for a Thames Estuary airport as “insane, stupid and hare-brained”.

Prose master: Norman Lewis had more of an interest in conflict than taking in the view

Stephen Bayley: Fact and fantasy – in the right hands – can work magic

Who is the greatest modern travel writer of them all? My favourite is Norman Lewis. As the first importer of the Leica to Britain – the RG Lewis camera shop still exists in Holborn, central London – he has some claim to have helped to create the genre of travel journalism. That, for personal use, he also imported the first Porsche is simply further evidence of a commitment to mobility combined with a passion for technical excellence which is reflected in his witheringly precise prose.

Ryanair sketches plan to dominate Europe's skies

Ryanair's outspoken chief executive, Michael O'Leary, has outlined his plans to dominate European skies and fly 120 million passengers a year as rival airlines go bust and flag carriers cut their short-haul operations to save money.

Budget airlines like Ryanair often deliver profits

Ryanair to create 1,000 UK jobs as it opens new routes

Low-cost airline Ryanair is to create 1,000 UK jobs next year by flying one million more passengers on a number of new routes.

Family favourites Kingsbarns and For Non Stop crack rival codes

The transfer of the peerless Frankel from the racing stable to the stallion barn will have set the hearts of those charged with planning future trysts for their mares both alight and aflutter. Those outside the bloodstock business might wonder what any fuss is about – he's a champion horse, so his offspring will be the same, right? – but it is not quite as simple as that. The Aga Khan, arguably the world's most successful breeder, describes the pursuit of excellence as a game of chess with nature.

Ryanair Chief Executive Officer Michael O'Leary

Ryanair offers concessions in EU probe of Aer Lingus deal

Ryanair Holdings offered concessions to European Union antitrust regulators reviewing its 694 million-euro (£564 million) bid for Irish competitor Aer Lingus.

Aer Lingus welcomes European inquiry into Ryanair takeover

Aer Lingus cheered as European competition regulators stepped up their investigation into Ryanair's €700m (£556m) hostile takeover bid for its fellow Irish airline, on concerns that the deal may eliminate competition on several routes in Europe.

Travel Unravelled: Is Ryanair allowed to be so strict and inflexible?

We fell foul of Ryanair’s rules on luggage.

Bid for Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus has urged shareholders to reject budget airline Ryanair's latest €694m (£445m) takeover offer for the airline on the grounds that it "fundamentally undervalues" the business.

Aer Lingus opposes Ryanair offer

Aer Lingus has said a revised takeover bid by rival airline Ryanair undervalues the business.

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Keep it light while you're on the road

Spain-holiday.com's £1,571 week-long deal includes Ryanair flights from Stansted

Travel Challenge: A Spanish villa holiday

Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a week-long stay at a villa in Spain with a private pool. Prices are for four people and include flights from the UK to Spain on 25 August, during the school summer holidays.

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