Unemployment in the North West fell by 18,000 in the three months to March, official figures have revealed.
West Coast main line to be closed between Preston and Warrington for nine days of engineering works in July
Greater Manchester and Merseyside are some of the worst places for road congestion
New domestic flights from Manchester Airport are getting underway. Virgin Atlantic will offer a service between Manchester Airport and Heathrow., their first domestic route. Known as Little Red the route will fly to the capital four times a day.
– Fay Burgin, Virgin Atlantic
"The launch of Little Red is the start of the latest exciting chapter in the history of Virgin Atlantic. We will be flying a total of 13 return flights a day between Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, giving us the scope to fly around one million passengers per year. "
Virgin Atlantic have launched their first domestic route today in the North West. Sir Richard Branson's airline will now offer a service between Manchester Airport and Heathrow. Known as Little Red it will fly to the capital four times a day.
Business secretary Vince Cable will visit the Airbus wing assembly facility at Broughton today.
During his visit, the Secretary of State will tour the factory to see the facilities and meet employees including apprentices.
Last week, the government announced of the Aerospace Industrial Strategy - a £2bn long-term partnership between the Government and aerospace industry.
Hundreds of jobs are at risk as pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca announced cuts.
The company, which has a plant in Macclesfield, want to cut 700 jobs from the UK over the next three years.
The company formerly known as BAA is to sell Stansted airport to the Manchester Airports group for £1.5 billion.
The deal, announced late this evening, will mean that BAA - now known as Heathrow Airport Holdings - will be responsible for just four UK airports compared with its original seven.
The remaining ones are Heathrow, Southampton, Aberdeen and Glasgow.
Stansted Airport has changed hands and the new owners already have problems to deal with. The biggest airline to use the airport, Ryanair, is angry about a 6% increase in airport charges and says it may pull some of its flights out.
Stansted has been bought by M.A.G. which owns or operates Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports. Stansted's former owner was forced to sell by the Competition Commission.
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