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Ryanair plans 'business class'

Ryanair to introduce a "business class". Credit: PA Images

No-frills airline Ryanair is to introduce a "business class".

The low-cost Irish carrier has unveiled a new product called Business Plus which will give executives a range of benefits.

These include flexibility on ticket changes, 20kg (44lbs) of checked-in bag allowance, fast-track airport security at selected airports, priority boarding and premium seats.

The new service will start at 69.99 euro (about £56) and is aimed at the 25% of Ryanair passengers who travel on business.

Ryanair has also announced its summer 2015 schedule from Stansted airport which includes three new routes - to Cologne in Germany, Edinburgh and Glasgow - as well as increased frequencies on 24 other routes.

The airline also revealed its 2015 summer schedule from Dublin. There will be new services to Brussels Zaventem, Cologne and Glasgow as well as increased frequencies on 12 other routes.


Peterborough: UK's biggest beer festival gets underway

The UK's biggest outdoor beer festival kicks off in Peterborough later. Credit: PA

The UK's biggest outdoor beer festival kicks off in Peterborough later.

The event, which is now in its 37th year, will showcase more than 400 real ales and 60 ciders.

More than 30,000 people are expected to visit the five day festival on The Embankment.

"Pubs are closing at a phenomenal rate - it's something like 30 per week across the country.

What we want to do is of course get people back into those pubs.

It's proving more and more difficult as supermarkets sell very cheap beer from their shops."

– Dickie Bird, CAMRA

Stansted and Luton airports report boost in summer passenger numbers

Stansted Airport has announced a big increase in summer passengers. Credit: Press Association Images.

Stansted and Luton airports have announced big increases in their summer passenger numbers.

The Essex airport reported a total of nearly 1.95 million passengers passed through its terminal last month - a 12.2% increase on the July 2013 figure and the best monthly figure since August 2011.

It continues a strong period of growth for Stansted which has now welcomed a total of 18.68 million passengers in the 12 months ending July - up 5.6% on the previous year.

Luton announced that it handled more than one million passengers in both June and July, making it the Bedfordshire airport's best summer yet.

Earlier this week Heathrow and Gatwick announced that they handled more passengers in July than in any previous month.

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