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10 April 2003

End of an era - Concorde is retired

By Peter Woodman, Air Correspondent, PA News

British Airways and Air France chiefs today signalled the end of the supersonic era in aviation by announcing that they were retiring their Concorde planes this autumn.

10 April 2003

Concorde to be retired in October

Concorde is to be retired from service at the end of October, British Airways has said.

8 April 2003

£9bn Thames airport ruled out because of birds hazard

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

The Government appears to have ruled out building a £9bn airport on the Thames estuary yesterday because of the danger of planes colliding with birds.

8 April 2003

Bird threat blow to £13bn airport plan

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Plans for an airport at Cliffe, north Kent, suffered a critical blow yesterday when a Government report concluded that the site would carry unacceptable risks of aircraft crashing because of bird strikes.

2 April 2003

Airlines may face charges over DVT deaths

By Robert Verkaik, Legal Affairs Correspondent

Airlines that carried passengers who have died from suspected deep vein thrombosis (DVT) might be charged with manslaughter.

26 March 2003

War forces BA to cut jobs and flights

By Graeme Evans and Peter Woodman, PA News

British Airways today faced up to the impact of the Iraqi conflict by cutting back on flights and accelerating its job reduction programme. The airline said it planned to reduce capacity by four per cent in April and May through reduced frequencies and the use of smaller aircraft.

25 March 2003

Concorde flights cancelled as travellers begin to shun costly supersonic flight

By Simon Calder Travel Editor

British Airways has cancelled eight transatlantic Concorde flights in the next three weeks, restarting speculation that the world's only supersonic airliner may become a casualty of 11 September.

18 March 2003

Reporter is held after taking 'guns' on to plane

By Cahal Milmo

A newspaper reporter who smuggled a replica assault rifle and pistol on an aircraft to highlight security lapses at Gatwick has been arrested for breaching the safety measures he exposed as flawed.

17 March 2003

Air passengers warned to be alert for deadly virus

By Steve Connor, Science Editor

Airline travellers were warned yesterday to be vigilant against a mysterious respiratory disease that has been described as a worldwide threat to health.

17 March 2003

Worldwide alert as air travellers spread killer bug

By Celia Hall, Medical Editor, Richard Spencer in Beijing and Fred Langan in Toronto

A mystery pneumonia illness which has claimed nine lives in three countries has triggered a rare warning of a "worldwide health threat" from international experts.

15 March 2003

Passengers face 'green tax' on airline fuel

By Michael McCarthy and Philip Thornton

Britain took the first step on the road to taxing air travel for its contribution to global warming yesterday when the Treasury published a document discussing the idea.

11 March 2003

Winged: the most popular budget airlines

By Simon Calder Travel Editor

Ryanair, the no-frills airline that made thousands of travellers furious when it announced it would close down its new acquisition, Buzz, has been voted the worst low-cost airline in a Holiday Which? survey published today.

3 March 2003

Britain's air delays worst in Europe

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Travellers flying to and from Britain suffered the worst delays of any European country last year, new statistics show.

28 February 2003

Unhappy landing: ancient heronry threatened by airport plans

By Michael McCarthy Environment Editor

In the gloaming they appear as fantastic shapes – angular, elongated, with almost a touch of the prehistoric about them, as if pterodactyls were swooping through the skies.

28 February 2003

Gatwick 'is best value option' for extra runways

By Paul Marston

The best value option for expanding Britain's airports would be to build two new runways at Gatwick and one at Heathrow, the Government said yesterday.

27 February 2003

BA considers scrapping Concorde

By Chris Bunting

British Airways might scrap Concorde because of a collapse in demand from business travellers.

27 February 2003

Concorde heads for early retirement

By Paul Marston

Concorde may be retired early because demand has slumped since its return to service 15 months ago, British Airways said yesterday.

27 February 2003

Concorde loses part of its rudder

An Air France Concorde today lost part of its rudder on a transatlantic flight but was able to land safely.

17 February 2003

Councils plan new court challenge to revised airport plans

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

The Government's controversial plans to expand airport capacity face fresh legal action that would plunge the strategy into disarray.

16 February 2003

Cabin crew told: 'Do not disturb - the captain's trying to sleep'

By David Harrison, Transport Correspondent

Airline pilots are taking "naps" for up to two hours during long-haul flights and ordering cabin crew not to disturb them, The Telegraph can reveal.

11 February 2003

Estuary airport urged to replace Cliffe plan

By Alistair Osborne, Associate City Editor

Plans for a £6.5 billion Thames Reach Airport in Kent will be presented today to a cross-party group of MPs by Bluebase, a London firm of architects.

9 February 2003

Stansted noise levels 'underestimated'

Campaigners battling to halt the expansion of a major airport claim the Government has "grossly underestimated" noise levels from a new terminal.

5 February 2003

255,000 passengers hit as Ryanair cuts flights after Buzz takeover

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

More than 55,000 passengers began seeking refunds yesterday after Ryanair cancelled the launch of a seven-route network from Bournemouth by its new subsidiary, Buzz.

4 February 2002

Ryanair announce increased profits of 50pc

Budget airline Ryanair achieved record-breaking profits in the third quarter of last year, figures from the no-frills company have shown.

1 February 2003

Ryanair carries off Buzz for £3m

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Ryanair bought the low-fare airline Buzz yesterday in a surprise £3 million deal.

26 January 2003

BA pilot 'fails breath test at airport'

A British Airways pilot is facing the sack after allegedly being caught over the alcohol limit as he prepared to fly a passenger plane to London.

21 January 2003

High fliers take on Red Arrows

By Becky Barrow

A group of "horribly successful" middle-aged men plans to become an alternative to the Red Arrows after spending £300,000 on the ultimate boy's toys.

15 January 2003

Ministers consider Thames airport

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

The option of a £30 billion offshore airport in the Thames Estuary is being considered by the Government to avert further legal delays to its plans for aviation expansion.

11 January 2003

Heathrow terminal may force up fares

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Air passengers face higher fares to cover a sudden 50 per cent increase in the cost of building Heathrow's fifth terminal, airlines said yesterday.

9 January 2003

Two Britons among 75 dead in air crash

By Graham Tibbetts and Hamida Ghafour

At least two Britons were believed to be among 75 people killed when an airliner crashed in Turkey in heavy fog, the Foreign Office said last night.

6 January 2003

Hijack pilot causes chaos in astronaut protest

By Kate Connolly in Berlin

An armed pilot caused air and road chaos yesterday when he stole a light aircraft and threatened to fly it into a skyscraper in Frankfurt.

31 December 2002

Fear and flying: a not-so-brave new world of airport security comes into effect tomorrow

Passengers face longer queues and calls to leave their luggage unlocked in controversial extension of anti-terror regime.

By Simon Calder Travel Editor

22 December 2002

Leading airlines attack Labour's sky marshal plan

By Rajeev Syal and David Harrison

Airlines have reacted angrily to Government plans for armed sky marshals on commercial flights, describing the idea as "irresponsible, dangerous and ill-conceived".

21 December 2002

DVT victims lose fight with airlines

By Becky Barrow

A group legal action to force major airlines to pay compensation to victims of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) was lost in the High Court yesterday.

20 December 2002

Armed marshals for UK passenger flights

By Ian Burrell Home Affairs Correspondent

Pilots joined British Airways last night in criticising plans announced yesterday to deploy armed "sky marshals" on passenger aircraft.

20 December 2002

Armed guards on UK airliners

By Paul Marston and John Steele

Armed guards are to be put on British passenger flights for the first time as the Government yesterday described the terrorist threat to UK aviation as "real".

16 December 2002

£800m airport plan near Gatwick

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

Secret plans for an £800m airport near Gatwick are under serious consideration by ministers preparing proposals to meet the soaring demand for air travel.

16 December 2002

CBI calls for expansion at Heathrow and Stansted

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

The building of new runways at Heathrow and Stansted accompanied by stricter environmental safeguards is strongly advocated by business leaders today.

15 December 2002

Russians breed superdog with a jackal's nose for bombs and drugs

By Ben Aris in Moscow

Part Siberian husky, part Turkmen jackal - a super sniffer dog with an enhanced sense of smell was unleashed last week by the Russian airline Aeroflot in its fight against terrorists and drug smugglers.

14 December 2002

Greeks get a passion for planes

By Sally Pook

A year ago, the Greeks didn't believe that people spent their spare time plane-spotting.

5 December 2002

Stowaways found dead in plane at Heathrow

By Nick Allen, Crime Correspondent, PA News

Two stowaways, aged between 12 and 14, were found dead at Heathrow Airport in the undercarriage of a plane from Africa.

4 December 2002

BA launches inquiry after rudder part falls off Concorde

By Nick Mead, PA News

British Airways has launched an urgent investigation after part of a rudder fell off one of its Concordes during a London to New York flight.

4 December 2002

Concorde loses rudder in mid-air

The rudder has fallen off a British Airways Concorde during a London to New York flight.

2 December 2002

Marshals may soon fly on British jets

By Richard Alleyne

Undercover armed police nicknamed "sky marshals" could travel on British passenger flights soon to prevent terrorist hijackings.

30 November 2002

Government is told: expansion of airports must be halted now

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

Aircraft pollution will be such a big contributor to global warming that expansion of Britain's airport capacity should be halted for good, the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution said yesterday.

30 November 2002

Future of cheap flights in doubt

By Charles Clover, Environment Editor

Government plans to meet growing demand for air travel were thrown into confusion last night when two official expert bodies called for an end to cheap flights and a ban on new runways.

28 November 2002

Travel agents refuse to back Thames airport

The travel industry has refused to back plans to build a new four-runway airport in the Thames Estuary.

27 November 2002

Judge says airport decision 'irrational'

By Robert Verkaik, Legal Affairs Correspondent

The Government's billion-pound plans for the expansion of airports were in disarray yesterday after the High Court ruled that ministers had acted irrationally in excluding Gatwick from their thinking.

27 November 2002

Gatwick to be included in runway study

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

The possibility of Gatwick becoming Britain's leading airport with another two runways emerged yesterday after the Government suffered a surprise High Court defeat.

25 November 2002

Kent airport plan backed by largest air alliance

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Supporters of the plan for a new London airport in north Kent received a boost yesterday when the world's largest airline alliance said it would be willing to operate there.

23 November 2002

3,000 join protest over new airports

By Charles Clover, Environment Editor

About 3,000 demonstrators, led by Jamie Oliver, the chef, will march down Whitehall today to protest at Government proposals for the development of new airports in the South-East.

21 November 2002

US airline pilots to carry guns in cockpit on flights to Britain

By Toby Harnden in Washington

Civilian pilots on American airliners flying to Britain are to be allowed to carry guns in the cockpit and shoot dead terrorists or deranged passengers who try to seize the controls.

19 November 2002

Wildlife may save Cliffe from ravages of airport

By Charles Clover, Environment Editor

It doesn't look that big on the Government's map but when you visit the site of the proposed Cliffe airport, on the north Kent marshes, it takes your breath away.

19 November 2002

Stansted would be better national hub, says regional assembly

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Plans for a new four-runway airport in north Kent should be abandoned in favour of development of Stansted, the South East England Regional Assembly is expected to recommend tomorrow.

18 November 2002

Councils back plan for airport in Kent

By Charles Arthur

Local councils are calling for the Government to build an airport as big as Heathrow in Kent to cope with the growing demand for flights.

18 November 2002

North Kent best for new airport, say councils

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Expansion of air travel should be focused on a new £13 billion airport in north Kent financed by levies on passengers flying from elsewhere, local authorities urge today.

11 November 2002

£3bn 'black hole' in London airport plan

By David Sapsted

A damning report into proposals to build a new London airport on one of the country's most important wildlife sites says the Government has seriously underestimated the cost, impact and timescale of the project.

9 November 2002

Lack of air traffic staff blamed for flight delays

By Andrew Clennell

More than 5,000 travellers had their flights delayed when the organisation that runs air traffic control shut eight of its 24 sectors, largely because of staff shortages.

7 November 2002

Year of hell ends in joy for plane-spotters

By Sean O'Neill in Kalamata

The British plane-spotters convicted of spying in Greece were acquitted on appeal last night amid scenes of jubilation in a packed courtroom.

6 November 2002

Airlines 'hiding behind' biplane rules over DVT

By David Millward

Major airlines were accused yesterday of using a treaty drawn up in the age of biplanes to avoid their responsibilities to victims of deep vein thrombosis.

6 November 2002

Plane-spotters walk free

A group of eleven British plane-spotters convicted of spying and other related charges in Greece have had their convictions quashed on appeal.

5 November 2002

Spotters say no to paying for freedom

By Sean O'Neill in Kalamata

The British planespotters appealing against convictions for spying in Greece yesterday rejected the idea of accepting reduced jail sentences that could be bought off with cash.

24 October 2002

Heathrow should close, says planner

By Charles Clover

Heathrow should be closed and a new airport built on the Thames at Cliffe in Kent to cope with the tripling of demand for air travel over the next 30 years, a leading planner said yesterday.

22 October 2002

£13,000 for being sat on by obese passenger

By Matthew Beard

Barbara Hewson's ordeal started when she boarded an economy class flight to Los Angeles and realised she had been placed next to a woman so large she had to raise her arm-rests to fit in the seat.

22 October 2002

Airline passenger crushed by 23-st woman wins £13,000

By Matt Born

A holidaymaker crushed by an obese woman passenger sitting next to her on a transatlantic flight has been awarded £13,000 compensation by the airline.

20 October 2002

Rolls-Royce in £209m deal with Virgin

Aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce was flying high today after signing a £209 million maintenance deal with Virgin Atlantic.

18 October 2002

Watchdog quits over air traffic control deal

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

The air industry's chief financial regulator has washed his hands of a rescue plan for Britain's part-privatised air traffic control service that involves a £65m handout from taxpayers.

6 October 2002

RAF airbuses to be used for holiday flights

By Andy McSmith, Political Editor

Inside the Ministry of Defence they are calling it "Biggles Airways". It is a new cost-cutting plan which could mean holiday makers taking charter flights in expensive airbuses designed for wartime use.

6 October 2002

Biggest-ever plane will carry an army

By Peter Almond and Sean Rayment

Boeing, the American defence company, plans to build the world's largest aircraft, capable of delivering a fleet of battle tanks directly into a war zone.

30 September 2002

Blair raises planespotter case with Greek PM

By Paul Anast in Athens

Tony Blair raised the case of the 12 British planespotters convicted of spying during a meeting with his Greek counterpart at the weekend.

11 September 2002

Transatlantic flights are cut back as bookings fall off

By Arifa Akbar

British Airlines have scaled back their transatlantic services today after a dramatic drop in bookings.

1 September 2002

Airlines alert over faulty fuel pumps

By Jarle Hetland, Phil Hazlewood and Pat Hurst

British airlines have been ordered to inspect their planes after US manufacturer Boeing issued a worldwide alert over a potentially faulty fuel pump that could cause an explosion.

1 September 2002

Ryanair hijacker trained as pilot in US

By David Bamber and Julian Isherwood in Vasteras

The Muslim convert accused of trying to hijack a Ryanair plane from Sweden to Stansted attended an American flying school leaving with a qualification to pilot light aircraft.

30 August 2002

Air force plan to ram hijackers

By David Rennie

American pilots could have been asked to crash their fighters into hijacked airliners on September 11, it was reported last night.

30 August 2002

Man tries to take gun on London flight

By Julian Isherwood, Scandinavia Correspondent

A man boarding a flight to London to attend an Islamic conference was arrested in Sweden last night after trying to carry a pistol on to a Ryanair plane carrying 189 passengers.

17 August 2002

Air traffic chief may quit in cash crisis

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

The air travel industry's financial regulator has accused the Government of exerting improper pressure on him in its attempt to avoid financial meltdown at Britain's part-privatised air traffic control service.

17 August 2002

Why ministers insisted on partly privatising air traffic control

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

The Government's critics have always maintained that the sale of shares in Britain's air traffic control organisation was a "privatisation too far".

17 August 2002

Air-breathing jet flies at 5,000mph

By Roger Highfield, Science Editor

Aviation has entered the era of the hypersonic jet after an air-breathing engine exceeded 5,000mph.

11 August 2002

Ministers urged to ban night flights

By Severin Carrell

Ministers and airlines have been urged to ban night flights at Heathrow in an unprecedented warning by one Britain's most senior industrialists.

11 August 2002

Anger over airport security scans

By Ian Ball in Orlando

A storm of protest has erupted over an airport security scanner that shows the naked bodies of travellers, including many thousands of Britons, as clearly as a life drawing.

10 August 2002

Easyjet cancels flights as rota fails

By Becky Barrow

Easyjet passengers face further serious disruption after Europe's biggest budget airline yesterday admitted that a new rota system had failed and brought many of its pilots to the point of resignation.

9 August 2002

Helicopter crash blamed on rotor hit by lightning

By Martin Hickman

A helicopter that crashed into the North Sea last month killing all 11 people on board had been critically weakened by a lightning strike three years ago, an official report said yesterday.

8 August 2002

Air traffic centre still not up to speed

By Peter Woodman

Staff shortages mean the new £623m air traffic control centre at Swanwick in Hampshire is handling fewer planes than the centre it is replacing.

8 August 2002

Tour firm starts budget airline

By Nick Britten

One of the world's leading tour operators joined the budget airline industry yesterday, becoming the first low-cost carrier to offer scheduled flights to Europe.

8 August 2002

Jet trails 'can lead to change in climate'

By David Derbyshire, Science Correspondent

The steady stream of aircraft across our skies is altering the weather, making days cooler and nights warmer, according to research.

6 August 2002

G'day possums, and welcome to Nova Scotia

By Becky Barrow

One would have thought that the penny might have dropped for Emma Nunn and her boyfriend Raoul Sebastian - on their way to a three-week holiday in Australia - when they landed at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and were transferred to a 25-seat propeller plane.

5 August 2002

Union warns over air risks

Air traffic controllers have warned of a "very real risk" to safety if the service's financial crisis is not solved.

4 August 2002

Fasten your seat belts, this ride can only get worse

High summer has brought crowded skies and fears of chaos in air traffic control.

3 August 2002

BA cancels flights on anniversary of attacks

By Terri Judd and Rebecca Eames

British Airways has cancelled a third of its transatlantic flights on 11 September because travellers are reluctant to fly on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

3 August 2002

Pilot ejects as air show Harrier crashes

By Andrew Hibberd

An RAF Harrier jet crashed into the sea in front of hundreds of spectators at an air festival yesterday.

2 August 2002

'Stressed' air traffic controllers urged to give up holidays

By Kim Sengupta

Air traffic controllers, already overworked and suffering from stress, are being offered cash payments by their bosses to forgo days owing and holidays in a move that is bound to provoke concerns for passenger safety.

31 July 2002

London to Sydney in two hours. Or is it all just hot air?

By Cahal Milmo

A revolutionary jet engine that could cut the flight from London to Sydney to two hours has been tested successfully in open flight for the first time, scientists said yesterday.

31 July 2002

Heroes of Flight 93 'agonisingly close' to retaking plane

By Toby Harnden in Washington

The heroes of Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, probably used a food trolley to charge through the cockpit door and confront the four hijackers, according to a new book.

30 July 2002

Easyjet passengers revolt over delays

By Nicole Martin

Passengers on an Easyjet flight from Nice to Luton staged a sit-in after being told by the pilot to disembark just before take-off.

29 July 2002

Forces chief sacked over jet carnage

By Ben Aris

The head of the Ukrainian air force was arrested, the armed forces' chief of staff was sacked and the defence minister resigned yesterday after 83 people were killed and almost 200 injured in the world's worst air show disaster.

29 July 2002

15 killed after aircraft explodes over Moscow

By Ben Aris in Moscow

A Russian Il-86 plane crashed after takeoff at Moscow's domestic airport yesterday, killing 15 of the 16 people on board, a day after the Ukrainian air show disaster.

28 July 2002

Ukraine airshow crash kills 78

By Ben Aris in Moscow

At least 78 people were killed when a Ukrainian fighter jet hurtled into a crowd in a ball of flames at a busy air show yesterday. Another 115 people were injured, many of them critically.

25 July 2002

Faulty rotor blade blamed for Sikorsky's fatal plunge

By David Sapsted

Crash investigators believe that metal fatigue in a rotor blade - possibly the result of a lightning strike three years ago - caused last week's helicopter crash in the North Sea that killed all 11 men on board.

24 July 2002

Government plans vast new airport for south

By Barrie Clement and Matthew Beard

Ministers announced a huge expansion in airport capacity yesterday to approval from business leaders and threats of action from environmental campaigners and local residents.

24 July 2002

Super-airports plan for South-East

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

The development of two super-airports in the South-east and up to seven new runways nationwide was proposed by the Government yesterday in a historic expansion strategy for Britain's air travel infrastructure.

23 July 2002

Government unveils plans for new airports

By Peter Woodman, Air Correspondent, PA News

A third runway at Heathrow and a new four–runway airport near the River Thames in north Kent were confirmed today as options for a major expansion of UK airport capacity.

22 July 2002

Ministers plan sixth terminal for Heathrow

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

The Government's proposals for a massive expansion of airport capacity in Britain will include the construction of a new runway at Heathrow which could require a controversial sixth terminal.

20 July 2002

More helicopter bodies found

The bodies of three more occupants of the gas rigs helicopter that crashed in the North Sea were found yesterday.

18 July 2002

S-76s will stay in operation during the investigation

By Charles Arthur

The Civil Aviation Authority has ruled out grounding the 29 Sikorsky S-76 helicopters operating in the UK while Tuesday's crash is investigated.

18 July 2002

Helicopter rotor 'may have broken off'

By Richard Alleyne, Paul Marston and Auslan Cramb

A catastrophic mechanical failure, causing either the main blades or tail rotor to break off, was last night thought to be the cause of the North Sea helicopter crash in which 11 people died.

17 July 2002

BA pleads for new runway at Heathrow

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Heathrow will disappear from the list of Europe's top 10 airports unless it is given an extra runway, British Airways said yesterday.

17 July 2002

Eleven feared dead after helicopter crashes into North Sea

By Paul Peachey

Five people died and six more are missing after a helicopter carrying offshore workers plunged into the North Sea last night close to an oil rig off the East Anglian coast.

17 July 2002

11 killed in North Sea helicopter crash

By Linus Gregoriadis and Andrew Hibberd

Eleven British gas rig workers were thought to have been killed last night after a support helicopter crashed into the North Sea.

16 July 2002

Engine trouble forces Concorde to turn back over the Atlantic

By Paul Peachey

The pilot of a British Airways Concorde shut down one of its engines and returned to Britain yesterday after a mechanical problem while flying at 1,300mph over the Atlantic.

15 July 2002

Rare crocodiles found on jet

By Suzanna Chambers

Ten crocodiles travelling on forged documents have been discovered in the hold of a plane at Heathrow.

15 July 2002

'Son of Concorde' test flight ends in disaster

By Barbie Dutter in Sydney

A test launch of a supersonic jetliner envisaged to replace Concorde ended in disaster yesterday when a 36ft scale model spiralled out of control before crashing and exploding in the South Australian desert.

12 July 2002

Warning issued to RAF over mid-air crash risk

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

A senior air safety official called yesterday for new collision warning systems to be fitted on military aircraft, because near-misses involving military planes have reached an 11-year high.

12 July 2002

Nato warship 'wrongly told civilian plane to alter path'

By Paul Kelbie, Scotland Correspondent

An investigation was launched yesterday after the commander of an American Nato warship was reported to aviation authorities for ordering a scheduled passenger flight between islands in the Outer Hebrides to change course.

11 July 2002

Danger reports in air traffic more than double

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

Reports of excessive and unsafe workloads by air traffic controllers have more than doubled, leaked documents show.

10 July 2002

Swiss tighten air traffic control rules

By Fiona Fleck in Geneva

Swiss aviation authorities yesterday ordered Skyguide, the Swiss air traffic control company involved in last week's collision over Germany, to ensure that a minimum of two controllers are on duty at all times.

9 July 2002

Crash jet 'got conflicting instructions'

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

The Russian flight crew involved in last week's mid-air collision were given conflicting instructions by Swiss air traffic control and their own cockpit instruments, air investigators said yesterday.

7 July 2002

Phones were shut down at Swiss crash control tower

By Tony Paterson in Berlin

German investigators have revealed that the telephone system in the Swiss air control tower that oversaw last week's aircraft crash over Lake Constance was out of action in the crucial minutes before the accident that killed 71 people, mostly children.

4 July 2002

Fossett's landing held up by high winds

By Barbie Dutter in Sydney

Steve Fossett, the first man to circle the world solo in a hot air balloon, was prevented from landing yesterday by high winds, leaving him drifting above the outback.

4 July 2002

Crash alarm was off and air controller on break

By Toby Helm in Überlingen

The finger of blame for Monday night's mid-air plane crash over Germany, which killed 71 people, was pointing at Swiss air traffic controllers yesterday after a belated admission that their collision warning system had been switched off.

3 July 2002

Sixth time lucky for balloonist

By Barbie Dutter in Sydney

Steve Fossett, the American adventurer, cruised into aviation record books last night when he crossed a mid-air "finishing line" off Australia's southern coast to complete the first solo round-the-world balloon flight.

3 July 2002

Communications failure blamed for mid-air crash

By Toby Helm in Überlingen

A catastrophic ground-to-air communications failure was being blamed last night for the collision between a Russian charter Tupolev 154 airliner carrying 69 people, including 52 teenagers and other children, and a Boeing 757 operated by the parcel company DHL.

2 July 2002

100 die as jets collide in sky

By Toby Helm in Berlin, Andrew Hibberd and Linus Gregoriadis

About 100 people were feared dead early today when two aircraft collided over southern Germany.

22 June 2002

Near miss after new air traffic equipment fails

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

An equipment failure at the new national air traffic control centre brought two British Airways jets close to collision, air investigators believe.

20 June 2002

Flights for life prize costs airline £45,000

By Becky Barrow

Ryanair, the low-cost airline, was ordered to pay damages of £45,000 to its one millionth customer yesterday after reneging on its promise to give her free flights for life.

19 June 2002

Flight chaos across Europe after air traffic control strikes

By Pat Hurst, PA News

Holiday firms and airlines were today scrambling to help tens of thousands travellers hit by a series of strikes causing travel chaos across Europe.

19 June 2002

Budget airlines hit back at allegation that pilots sacrifice safety for speed

By Barrie Clment and Michael Harrison

Budget airlines angrily rejected an allegation yesterday that their pilots jeopardise safety to meet tight schedules.

19 June 2002

Air controller's safety row with budget airlines

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Air safety regulators have dismissed a complaint from an air traffic controller that the "aggressively commercial ethos" of low-cost airlines could endanger passengers.

14 June 2002

Air control safety complaints soar

By Paul Marston Transport Correspondent

The number of formal complaints of over-work from air traffic controllers has more than doubled since the national control centre opened in January, senior managers admitted yesterday.

13 June 2002

Darling ready to expand Stansted with extra runway

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

Stansted is "virtually certain" to get an additional runway as part of government plans to expand airport capacity in southern England, according to sources close to the Department for Transport.

12 June 2002

Air traffic screens are safe, insists Nats chief

By Cahal Milmo

Complaints from air traffic controllers that information on their computer screens is too small to read may not be resolved until November.

1 June 2002

Talks deadlocked as planes are grounded

Talks aimed at resolving the dispute which threatens the future of Aer Lingus showed no sign of succeeding last night and could stretch into the weekend.

23 May 2002

Air control mixed up Cardiff and Glasgow

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Air traffic controllers at their new national centre have misread the heights at which aircraft are flying and even planned to send them to the wrong airports because the computer screens are hard to read, managers admitted yesterday.

22 May 2002

US pilots' plea for guns is rejected

By David Rennie in Washington

United States airline pilots will not be allowed to carry guns in the cockpit, the Bush administration announced yesterday, rejecting calls from pilot unions to arm their members against future terrorist hijack attempts.

18 May 2002

Flight chaos as computers fail at home and abroad

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

Flights across Britain and the Continent were thrown into disarray yesterday when two computers crashed, one at Swanwick, in Hampshire, and another in Brussels.

18 May 2002

Flights misery as new air traffic system fails again

By David Graves

Flights in and out of British airports were thrown into chaos for the third time in two months yesterday, leading to questions over whether the main air traffic control centre was introduced before it was ready.

17 May 2002

Fares may rise after airline takeover

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Fares on some routes served by no-frills airlines could rise following Easyjet's takeover of Go, consumer groups warned yesterday.

4 May 2002

Pilots and cabin crew clash over cockpit security

By David Rennie in Washington

A heated debate over whether to arm airline pilots has triggered a row between America's pilots and cabin crews, with stewards and stewardesses warning pilots against locking themselves away in fortified cockpits and leaving hijackers to massacre everyone else in the plane.

3 May 2002

Trillions of air miles and nowhere to go

By Becky Barrow

Nearly eight trillion air miles - equal to 29 million free Concorde return flights to New York - are unused by people who collect, but do not cash, their freebies.

28 April 2002

Planespotters 'facing financial ruin'

By David Harrison

The British planespotters convicted of spying in Greece said yesterday that they were facing financial ruin as well as the prospect of spending years in jail.

27 April 2002

Shocked planespotters fly home after prison terms are suspended

By Sean O'Neill in Kalamata, Nicola Woolcock and David Sapsted

Twelve British planespotters were convicted of spying by a Greek court yesterday amid scenes of confusion.

26 April 2002

Plane-spotting a mystery to Greek airman

By Sean O'Neill in Kalamata

Some were stiff-backed, others had thin cardboard covers. A few were wire-bound at the side but most opened at the top.

25 April 2002

Plane-spotters in court to face spying charges

By Sean O'Neill in Kalamata

Twelve British plane-spotters went on trial for espionage yesterday, nearly six months after they were arrested at a Greek air force open day.

11 April 2002

Flights in chaos as 'patched-up' air traffic computer crashes for the second time

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

Thousands of passengers were delayed by up to three hours yesterday after a "creaky, patched-up" 30-year-old computer at Britain's part-privatised air traffic control service
crashed for the second time in two weeks.

11 April 2002

Flight chaos as air traffic computer crashes again

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

More than a thousand flights to and from Britain were severely delayed yesterday because of the third failure of air traffic computers in three weeks.

10 April 2002

UK flight chaos after computer failure

A computer failure today at a key air traffic control centre, the second in recent weeks, caused chaos at UK airports.

6 April 2002

Attacks on cabin staff have risen sixfold in a decade

An investigation by Nasa has revealed that one in 10 pilots, distracted by requests to deal with troublesome passengers, has made dangerous errors that include using incorrect runways and flying at the wrong height or speed.

6 April 2002

REM guitarist cleared of 'air rage' rampage

By Hugh Davies and Paul Marston

British Airways faces civil damages claims from cabin staff after Peter Buck, the guitarist with the rock band REM, was cleared yesterday of "air rage" charges even though he did not deny ransacking the first-class cabin of a jumbo jet.

21 March 2002

DVT kills first-class passenger

By David Derbyshire, Medical Correspondent

A woman who flew first class from America suffered a deep vein thrombosis and died a day after returning home.

13 March 2002

Ryanair 'misled' public over flight destinations

By Paul Peachey

The low-cost airline Ryanair faced fresh criticism yesterday after it was accused of offering a flight to a European city that landed in a different country.

8 March 2002

Harriers intercept US airliner

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Two RAF fighters were sent to intercept an American airliner flying over southern England yesterday after it lost contact with air traffic control, prompting fears of a hijack.

8 March 2002

New plane may plug hole in the ozone layer

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

A new breed of airliners could help reduce the hole in the Earth's ozone layer.

4 March 2002

Regulator blocks rise in air traffic control fees

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

The future of Britain's beleaguered air traffic control system was in fresh doubt last night because the industry's regulator will oppose its demands for more money.

2 March 2002

Transport officials confirm new London airport plan for Kent

By David Sapsted

Reports that the Government was considering building a further London airport on marshland at the Thames estuary brought joy to business leaders and dismay to environmentalists yesterday.

25 February 2002

Man's illness shuts 400-mile air corridor

By George Jones, Political Editor

A corridor of airspace over northern England had to be closed because an air traffic controller was ill and a replacement could not be found.

20 February 2002

Byers forced into £30m bail-out to stop air traffic service collapsing

By Barrie Clement Transport Editor

The air traffic control service will be given an emergency hand-out by the Government, it was agreed yesterday. Four banks had threatened the part-privatised organisation with bankruptcy.

20 February 2002

Byers faces flak over cash for air traffic firm

By Benedict Brogan and Helen Dunne

Stephen Byers, the Transport Secretary, faced fresh criticisms of his performance last night after it emerged that the Government had agreed a £60 million emergency deal to protect the privatised air traffic control system from financial failure.

19 February 2002

Air traffic service denies bankruptcy claim

By Peter Woodman and James Lyons, PA News

The newly­privatised air traffic control service today declared it was "business as usual" amid reports that it was being pushed into bankruptcy.

14 February 2002

BA sheds 5,800 more jobs in bid to match low-fare rivals

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

British Airways is to shed a further 5,800 jobs and drop more loss-making routes in an attempt to reduce fares on domestic and European flights and stem the flow of passengers to low-cost competitors.

10 February 2002

Armed soldiers to patrol UK airports

By our political staff

Armed soldiers are to patrol Britain's airports as part of reforms to the forces that will be signalled this week by Geoff Hoon, Secretary of State for Defence in the wake of the 11
September terrorist attacks.

8 February 2002

Pilot fells attacker with axe

By Toby Harnden in Washington

A passenger who tried to storm the cockpit during a flight from Miami to Buenos Aires was hit with an axe by the pilot before being subdued by flight attendants and passengers.

6 February 2002

Ryanair profits soar as BAA counts cost of terror attacks

By Michael Harrison Business Editor

Ryanair, the low-cost Irish airline, yesterday took advantage of a record-breaking rise in third-quarter profits and passenger numbers to tap the market for up to £117m to help fund its recent purchase of 100 new Boeing jets.

6 February 2002

Low-cost airlines given new terminal

The go-ahead for a new terminal for low-cost airlines using Dublin airport was given by the Irish Government yesterday.

5 February 2002

Hefty landing fees may raise air fares

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

Airline passengers face a massive increase in fares to bail out the part-privatised air traffic control service after the attacks of 11 September caused a slump in air travel.

1 February 2002

New routes part of Ryanair's aim to be No 1

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Eight new low-fare routes from London Stansted were announced by Ryanair yesterday.

30 January 2002

Germany likely to pull out of EU Airbus deal

By Toby Helm in Berlin and Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent

Europe’s plans to create a Rapid Reaction Force suffered a severe setback last night after Germany admitted it could not give a legal guarantee to fund its full share of a fleet of new Airbus military transport aircraft.

28 January 2002

Flight delays increase as air traffic centre opens

By Paul Marston

Air traffic delays rose by about half yesterday as controllers familiarised themselves with new equipment at a belatedly opened national air traffic control centre.

27 January 2002

Design faults at £650m air centre are 'threat to safety'

By Clayton Hirst and Geoffrey Lean

Flaws in the design of Britain's new air traffic control centre could endanger the safety of passengers, a confidential official memorandum reveals.

26 January 2002

British Airways pulls out of merger with US rival in new blow to Byers

By Michael Harrison, Business Editor

British Airways last night abandoned its transatlantic merger with American Airlines after the US Government imposed unacceptable restrictions on the link-up.

26 January 2002

Pilots in Airbus protest

By Philip Delves, Broughton in New York

A group of American pilots is lobbying to have all Airbus A300s grounded until investigators learn why American Airlines Flight 584 crashed in New York last November.

25 January 2002

Will National Air Traffic Services become the Railtrack of the skies?

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

Byers in new storm over air traffic crisis Critics of the part-privatisation of Britain's air traffic control system might be forgiven for feeling a touch of schadenfreude.

24 January 2002

Delays feared as £623m air traffic control centre opens

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

Air traffic controllers at the £623m new command centre at Swanwick due to "go live" on Sunday have expressed serious concerns about their equipment.

24 January 2002

Fear of flying may raise risk of fatal blood clot

By Charles Arthur, Technology Editor

Fear of flying, and its attendant stress, could be a principal cause of the potentially fatal blood clots known as deep vein thrombosis, or economy-class syndrome, doctors said yesterday.

24 January 2002

German Airbus deal fails to satisfy critics

By Toby Helm in Berlin

The German government says it has saved the eight-nation project to build a new Airbus military transport plane after engineering a last-minute funding agreement.

23 January 2002

Ministers back plan for three new runways in South-east

By Barrie Clement, Transport Editor

Ministers are risking a huge public outcry by backing a controversial plan to build three new runways in the south-east of England despite the slump in demand for air travel since the 11 September terrorist attacks.

23 January 2002

We did not have spy gear, say spotters

By Sean O'Neill

A group of British planespotters facing trial in Greece said yesterday that they feared they would not receive a fair hearing because of false allegations that they had used surveillance equipment.

21 January 2002

Germans may ground Airbus defence deal

By Toby Helm in Berlin and Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent

One of Europe's biggest joint defence projects under which Britain and seven other nations hope to build a new Airbus military transport plane was in danger of collapse last night because of a budget crisis in Germany.

20 January 2002

China finds spy bugs in Jiang's Boeing jet

By Damien McElroy and David Wastell in Washington

China claims to have found almost 30 surveillance bugs, including one in the headboard of the presidential bed, on a Boeing 767 that had just been delivered from America to serve as President Jiang Zemin's official aircraft.

17 January 2002

French 'held up' inquiry into Concorde disaster

Report confirms burst tyre caused fuel tank explosion but British investigators complain they were refused full access to evidence

By John Lichfield in Paris

17 January 2002

Concorde airline is criticised

By Harry de Quetteville in Paris

The final report into the Concorde crash in Paris, which killed 113 people, has criticised Air France for maintenance failures.

17 January 2002

Blue skies ahead for battered Afghan airline

By Alex Spillius in Kabul

Against a pristine sky and the snow-capped mountains of the Hindu Kush, a Boeing 727-200 of Afghanistan's national carrier, Ariana, took off and landed without any hitches at Kabul International Airport yesterday.

16 January 2002

Concorde flight was doomed

The Concorde involved in the July 2000 crash was doomed even if its pilots had been able to abort take off, a final official report into the tragedy said today.

13 January 2002

Drink does it. Sex does it. But the real reason air rage is rising is 11 Sept

By Robert Mendick

Air rage attacks, far from diminishing in the wake of 11 September, are likely to increase, according to a leading psychiatrist.

9 January 2002

Man dies in 5,000ft fall from aeroplane without parachute

By Arifa Akbar

A man died after falling 5,000ft from an aeroplane without a parachute yesterday. The victim, who is believed to be in his mid-40s, was the only passenger in the privately owned light aircraft.

9 January 2002

Man dies in fall from aircraft

By Stewart Payne

A man fell 5,000ft to his death from a light aircraft whose female pilot then made an emergency landing at an RAF base yesterday.

8 January 2002

Strasbourg ruling on night flights may cost £2bn

By Paul Marston, Transport Correspondent

Taxpayers could have to provide up to £2 billion in compensation to residents near airports because of a European Court of Human Rights judgment against night flying.

7 January 2002

Journalists smuggled knives on to aircraft

By Terri Judd

Government officials will meet British Airways security chiefs this week to discuss a second apparent breach of airline safety precautions after newspaper reporters claimed to have smuggled three knives on to a plane.

7 January 2002

Suicide flight by boy puts America back on red alert

By Philip Delves Broughton in New York and Ian Ball in Miami

America’s fears of another airborne terrorist attack were revived yesterday when a 15-year-old boy killed himself by flying a stolen light aircraft into a skyscraper in Florida.

6 January 2002

Britain drops plan to use armed guards on aircraft

By David Harrison, Transport Correspondent

Armed guards will not be put on British aircraft to protect passengers from terrorist attacks, ministers have decided.

5 January 2002

Five die as private jet explodes on take off

By Nick Britten

Five people were killed yesterday after their executive jet aircraft crashed on take off at Birmingham airport.

4 January 2002

Five dead in executive jet crash

Five Americans were killed when an executive jet crashed at Birmingham airport this afternoon.

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