The two airlines plan for their new partnership to take off on March 30th 2014, combining slots at Heathrow.
Unions are to meet defence giant BAe Systems to discuss the future of the firm's three shipyards amid a review of its business.
The new Mini will be launched in Oxford later this year.
'Stop HS2' campaigners will descend on Westminster today as MPs conduct the first reading of the first phase of the HS2 Hybrid Bill. It will be debated by both Houses. Campaigners will be holding a rally in the Old Palace Yard this morning from 11am.
Video. Easyjet says it will create 200 new jobs - with the launch of new services from Gatwick. The airline bought slots from rival Flybe which is pulling out of Gatwick to cut costs.
Easyjet is targeting business travellers with flights to Brussels and Strasbourg among others. The airline says the new routes will carry more than one million extra passengers.
It's part of a strategy to change Gatwick's image as mainly an airport for holidaymakers. Malcolm Shaw has our report.
The famous Beaujolais Run charity driving event has left from Brands Hatch today. The event is now in its 41st year with a a variety of sports and supercars leaving for France to bring back the first batch of Beaujolais wine of the season.
A new scheme in East Sussex is hoping to cut down the amount of time drivers are disrupted by roadworks. The council is planning to introduce a permit scheme to limit time spent digging up the road.
Exactly 107 years ago the man who created the Mini car was born. Today, to mark the event, a new model was unveiled at the Cowley factory.
The stakes are high for the workers at the Oxford site, with hundreds of jobs dependent on its success. BMW - which owns Mini - says it will invest £750m in the car up until 2015. Divya Kohli reports.
Ludovico Einaudi is playing with his 11-piece band at the Bournemouth International Centre. Einaudi has quietly become one of the most successful musicians - wowing audiences across the globe.
Pat Coyne, BH Live Director of Venues said; “This event really highlights the diversity of events at the Bournemouth International Centre.
Thousands of people came along to see Chase and Status on Wednesday and on Friday people will be coming from all over the South to enjoy a stunning evening of classical music and performance!"
Portsmouth City Council is fighting to keep shipbuilding in the city by backing an online petition.
BAE Systems announced the end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth with the loss of 940 jobs. Protestors say another 2,000 jobs in the area could be lost from suppliers who are dependent on the shipyard.
Cllr Vernon-Jackson is forming a task group to tackle the consequences of the shipbuilding decision, and local leaders have also asked for government support for this.
– Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of the Council
I talked to Dr Cable about the shipyard issue and what we can do to try to protect jobs. One idea I want the government to consider is that one of the Royal Navy's three new offshore patrol vessels could be built in Portsmouth.
A petition calling for the retention of skilled workers in the Portsmouth Naval Base following the closure of BAE Systems’ shipbuilding site has been started by Portsmouth Labour group.
It reads "I support the protection of high-skilled jobs in Portsmouth and demand that the council and its partners in government work with all parties to protect the long-term future of Portsmouth Dockyard.”
It is available online and signatures are also being gathered on the doorstep.
John Ferrett, the Leader of the Labour Group on Portsmouth City Council and the Parliamentary Candidate for Portsmouth North, believes the closure means vital skills will be lost at the Naval Base.
He has criticised the MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt, for her stance on the closure.
– John Ferrett, Portsmouth Labour
It is astonishing that the MP for Portsmouth North is supporting the closure of the shipbuilding facility in Portsmouth. Workers need the support of their elected representatives at a time like this.
Furthermore, Portsmouth Naval Base will be the home of the two new aircraft carriers and there will be a demand for skilled labour when they come to the city in the second half of the decade.
It seems madness to lay off nearly a thousand skilled workers when their skills will be in demand in the near future."
Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, which has been involved in creating the Southampton and Portsmouth City deal, has estimated it will deliver a number of benefits over its lifetime.
The partnership said the deal would deliver the following:
- more than 4,700 permanent new jobs particularly focused in marine, maritime and advanced manufacturing sectors
- more than 13,000 construction jobs
- 107,000 sq m of new employment floor space unlocked, with a focus on supporting growth in the marine, maritime and advanced manufacturing sectors
The partnership estimates the deal will also provide £115m of local and national public sector investment and bring in more than £838m of private sector investment into the area. This would be through site development, skills and unemployment schemes, and business support services.
Greg Clark, the minister for Cities says the new city deal for Portsmouth and Southampton "will maximise the economic strengths of these two coastal cities and the wider Solent area, by supporting further growth in the area’s maritime, marine and advanced manufacturing sectors."
Mr Clark said he had been in negotiations in recent months with the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire County Council and other local authorities, before the deal came to fruition.