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Flights cancelled due to French air-traffic strikes

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled due to the current air strike by French air traffic controls - with Ryanair, Easyjet and British Airways among the affected airlines.

  • Easyjet has cancelled 118 flights, most of which involve journeys within France, though return services to Paris from Gatwick, Belfast and Luton have been scrapped along with the Gatwick-Tolouse route
  • Ryanair cancelled 250 flights, with airports affected including Birmingham, Luton, Leeds-Bradford, Stansted, East Midlands and Dublin. Destinations on the list of cancelled flights include Alicanta and Malaga in Spain and Marrakech
  • Flybe has cancelled 16 services including flights to Paris from Manchester, Birmingham and Exeter and some flights from Southampton
  • British Airways has cancelled 24 flights to and from France, but says it has put on larger aircraft to accommodate some of those affected

New car sales reach 21st century record high

New car sales in March reached a record high in part due to the new "15" number plates.

A total of 492,774 new registrations were recorded in March 2015 - the highest monthly figure since August 1998 and the best March ever, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

New car sales reach 21st century record high Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Last month's figure was 6.0% up on March 2014 and took the year-so-far total to 734,588 - a 6.8% rise on the January-March 2014 figure. This was the 37th month of consecutive growth for the new-car market.

The best-selling models in March 2015 were:

  • 1. Ford Fiesta
  • 2. Vauxhall Corsa
  • 3. Ford Focus
  • 4. Nissan Qashqai
  • 5. Volkswagen Golf
  • 6. Volkswagen Polo
  • 7. Vauxhall Astra
  • 8. Audi A3
  • 9. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • 10. Fiat 500

First Great Western workers to strike

First Great Western staff are set to walk out in a row over the dismissal of a colleague.

First Great Western workers will a three-day strike over a row about the dismissal of a colleague. Credit: PA Wire

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at First Great Western will strike for 24 hours from 4am on Friday and 48 hours from 6am on Easter Sunday.

An overtime ban will also be held on Friday.

Train drivers, guards and train managers based at Penzance in Cornwall are involved in the row, the RMT said.

The announcement comes in the same week the rail company was awarded a 42-month extension on its franchise by the Government.

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