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Snow diverts planes north, and is Thomas Cook a safe bet for Antalya this summer?

Q. We were flying from Murcia to Stansted on Ryanair. Due to the runway at Stansted being closed, our flight was diverted to Newcastle for refuelling. However, we were eventually told to get off the plane at 2am and to make our own way home. We endured a very uncomfortable and stressful time getting back to Stansted – spending around £300. I thought we had a contract with Ryanair to get us to Stansted? Margaret Wellington

Get set to party: The Rosenmontag parade

48 Hours: Mainz

This German city where the Rhine and Main meet is gearing up for carnival season, says Susan Griffith.

Conor O’Dwyer rode Cheltenham to perfection and he may now train a Festival winner

O'Dwyer fans can now give Folsom praise

In his riding days, Conor O'Dwyer had as safe a pair of hands as any jockey round Cheltenham. Many who cherish the memory of Hardy Eustace in the Champion Hurdle, or War Of Attrition in the Gold Cup, will be gratified to see his horsemanship telling in a new career. Certainly, Folsom Blue looks his best chance yet of training a Festival winner, having handled a step up in class in style at Clonmel yesterday.

The Irish carrier, which prides itself on its cheap tickets, had already increased fares by 12%

Ryanair expansion to create 1,000 jobs

Low-cost airline Ryanair is to create more than 1,000 jobs this year as it expands its fleet and bases around Europe.

Shore leave: Las Canteras beach

48 Hours: Las Palmas

Winter sun and an impressive urban beach: the capital of Gran Canaria is an alluring prospect for Matthew Hirtes

Ryanair's passenger numbers fall 5 per cent after it cuts routes

Ryanair carried 4.8 million passengers in December, 5 per cent down on a year ago, Europe's largest budget airline said yesterday after it grounded 80 aircraft to avoid flying routes made unprofitable by high fuel prices.

Travel Agenda: Tierra Patagonia hotel; Virgin Holidays; The Beach Tomato Shack; Samoa; Ryanair

Today: Check into the new Tierra Patagonia hotel, on the outskirts of Chile's Torres del Paine national park. The 40-room retreat overlooks the breathtaking beauty of Lake Sarmiento and has a list of outdoor activities from horse-riding to wildlife hikes (tierrapatagonia.com). Meanwhile, Virgin Holidays has opened its first retail shop on High Street Kensington in London, with pods dedicated to cruise, hotels and holidays (virginholidays.co.uk). And if you're about to head off on holiday, consider tour operator Black Tomato's new retail website The Beach Tomato Shack, which stocks beachwear and more (thebeachtomatoshack.com).

Martin Hickman: Coalition strikes a blow for hard-pressed shoppers

This is good news, but if Ryanair can't charge card fees, the price of its tickets will simply go up

This week: those unavoidable Ryanair charges and the best currency to take on holiday to Mexico

Q. I am fully aware of the various fees Ryanair charges and how to avoid them, but I have just discovered it now charges for online check-in at £6 per person. This is scandalous, since there is no other way to check-in without incurring a charge. Surely someone should be taking it to task for this? Richard Hunt

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48 Hours in Málaga

Receive a warm welcome in the cultured corners and bustling bars of this Mediterranean marvel

Open Jaw: 'Ryanair runs a basic bus service and does it well'

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Rubi Light and Andrew Lynch on their way to winning the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase

Rubi given amber light for Gold Cup challenge

Five years have now passed since the days when the Celtic tiger roared home an Irish one-two in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, courtesy of War Of Attrition and Hedgehunter. Since then the challenge from across the water has yielded only disappointment but this term, the champion Long Run apart, the home defence looks shaky. And yesterday at Punchestown the upwardly mobile six-year-old Rubi Light, trained by Co Meath-based Robbie Hennessy, at least drew off a gauntlet, even if it is yet to be thrown down.

Ryanair's new fees: £1 for your ticket, £5 for your sandwich – £100 for your bag

The no-frills airline will be increasing some of its charges by up to 150 per cent next summer

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