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Aer Lingus rejects Ryanair bid

Aer Lingus has shot down a surprise bid from Ryanair to seize control, saying its offer is too low.

Ryanair makes fresh takeover bid for Ireland's flag carrier Aer Lingus

Ryanair has made a fresh attempt to buy Aer Lingus, after the low-cost airline unveiled its intention to bid €694m (£560m) for its Irish rival last night.

Child's play: a Junior Suite at the Hesperia Lanzarote in Puerto Calero

Summer 2012: Family friendly hotels

Children's rooms take on a different meaning at Hesperia Lanzarote (00 34 828 080 800; nh-hotels.com), in Puerto Calero, where seven new Junior Suites have been colourfully redecorated, furnished with bunk beds dressed in themed bed linen, and supplied with toys and a healthy "mini bar".

Some like it hot: the Mount Cinnamon Beach Club and Resort in Grenada

Summer 2012: Sun guaranteed

Head to the far south of Italy for sun-drenched days on Puglia's beaches. Long Travel (01694 722193; long-travel.co.uk) is offering free B&B at Masseria Torre Coccaro, near Fasano, for children aged up to 12 this summer. This 39-room five-star hotel is set in a 17th-century masseria that counts a chapel among its charming buildings.

Amol Rajan: Ryanair, you pay your money and take your choice

The headline at Mail Online said it all yesterday, as headlines at Mail Online tend to: "Ryanair rakes in record profits as it squeezes more out of customers in add-on fees and in-flight sales". There followed a graphic detailing "sky-high" charges – sky-high, geddit? – such as online bag check-ins, airport bag check-ins and credit card fees. "It will please boss Michael O'Leary and shareholders," the article gushed, "but the passengers who are forced to pay higher ticket prices on top of the airline's infamous swathe of extra charges will be less thrilled."

Bank holiday walkout for Stansted

Baggage handlers at Stansted have announced a strike during the jubilee bank holiday.

Ryanair shuts website but demands online check-in

Consumer groups have criticised Ryanair for temporarily closing its website over one of the busiest weekends of the year - yet refusing to waive penalties for passengers who fail to check in online.

Hurricane Fly, ridden by Ruby Walsh, jumps the last to win the Champion Hurdle at Punchestown yesterday

Tidal Bay can wash up a winner for Jacob

Though one perennial anomaly persists, with a "new" season starting at Ludlow and Wetherby tomorrow, little else is routine about the final day of the jumps season.

The airline that pioneered charges for checked-in baggage has abandoned its £9 flat fee for paying with debit cards.

Flybe becomes first budget airline to drop £9 debit card fees

Change comes as the Office of Fair Trading is considering legal action against travel firms that refuse to scrap debit-card charges.

Willie Mullins won both Grade Ones yesterday at rain-hit festival

Derby deal delights as Mullins masters muddy Punchestown

The barometer may be set fair for its most venerable prize, given a spectacular vote of confidence from the sponsors of the Derby yesterday, but otherwise the Turf seemed to lie in a soggy, midwinter time-warp. The steeplechases scheduled at Punchestown were abandoned, and the remaining hurdle and bumper races run in conditions bordering on the farcical. An inspection will be required this morning to pass the course for a card that features the outstanding mare, Quevega.

Ryanair welcomes you to 'Paris-Disney' airport (only 90 miles from Paris and 70 miles from Disney)

An airfield in the Champagne region is the latest example of the budget airline's imaginative renaming of airports, says Simon Calder

48 Hours: Dublin

St Patrick's Day is a chance for the Irish capital to celebrate, but there are plenty more reasons to visit this welcoming city, says Susan Griffith.

Ruby Walsh celebrates Big Buck's fourth victory in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham

Gallant mare makes a man of Big Buck's

Nicholls' star sees off an audacious rival to make it four World Hurdle wins in a row – and 16 from 16

Ruby Walsh riding Big Buck's earlier this year

Big Buck's has World at his feet for another year

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