Rail tickets: Train firms call for 'easier fares for all'

“Easier Fares for All”: that is the call from the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), representing train operators and Network Rail. The group want “tap-in, tap-out” pay-as-you-go systems with built-in fare caps, similar to London’s Oyster card, rolled out...

Flybmi – why did airline collapse and what are passengers' options?

Another airline has collapsed: Flybmi, based at East Midlands airport, has stopped flying and gone into administration. These are the key questions and answers. Who was Flybmi? It has a long history as the “regional” arm of British Midland, later BMI. When British...

Eurostar delays: Thousands of passengers face disruption due to Second World War bomb

Eurostar has cancelled four trains from Paris to London St Pancras on Sunday, and delayed or diverted others, due to the deactivation of a Second World War bomb disposal to the north of the French terminus at Gare du Nord. The bomb was found earlier this month by workers on...

Why British Airways could be the Airbus A380's saviour

“The A380 is on its last legs,” one media outlet reported after this week’s news that Airbus is to stop making the double-decker plane. Well, even though the last A380 will roll off the production line in 2021, reports of its imminent extinction are premature....

Airbus A380: A love letter to the double-decker plane destined for oblivion

No present-day plane can compete with the Airbus A380 for passenger passion. We adore the double-decker.  For another airliner that has aroused anything like the same adulation, you must reach back to Concorde. Which, I contend, demonstrates that the more that...

New £80m sea wall planned in Dawlish to protect trains from waves

Five years after western Devon and Cornwall were cut off from the rest of the UK by rail, the government has promised £80m for a new sea wall at Dawlish. A storm in February 2014 severed the Great Western Railway from Exeter to Plymouth. The main line from London to...

Ryanair launches frequent flier scheme for £175 a year

Europe’s biggest budget airline is going after frequent flyers by selling annual subscriptions to “Ryanair Choice”.  For a yearly payment of €199 (£175), passengers will be able to book the lowest fares but qualify for assigned...

Airbus A380 'superjumbo': What went wrong for the largest passenger plane?

The European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, has said production of its biggest plane, the A380, will end in 2021 – just 14 years after entering service. It had previously planned to continue building the “superJumbo” well into the 2020s. But orders from the...

Airbus to stop making A380 'superjumbo' aircraft after disappointing sales, putting 3,500 jobs at risk

Airbus has announced it will end production of the world’s biggest passenger plane, the A380 “SuperJumbo” model, by 2021. The admission of long-term failure comes after Emirates, the largest customer of the A380, reduced its order from 162 to 123 aircraft. The...

Belgium strike causes mass flight cancellations and train chaos

A general strike in Belgium has grounded all flights to and from the country’s airports for 24 hours. Public-sector workers are stopping work in support of pay demands. The strike began at 10pm on Tuesday evening and will continue to 10pm today.  Around...

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