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Life as a pilot: What’s working for easyJet like?

Steve Hochkins has been working for easyJet for twelve and a half years, and has worked as a professional pilot for 33 years. His career in aviation started with the Air Cadets when he was 13, and very soon after joining he realised he’d like to be a pilot. Post A-levels, he joined the RAF, where h... Read more

Low-cost Spanish airline Spanair collapses

TravelMole.com has today reported the collapse of Low-cost Spanish airline Spanair. The Barcelona-based airline has ceased operations leading to 647 flight cancellations and leaving more than 20,000 passengers stranded. UK low cost airlines, EasyJet and Ryanair are both offering options to passeng... Read more

Other Airlines' Plans

All major airlines are trying to run all of their flights today, but due to a backlog and logistical problems not every flight will be running as usual.  Click these links for updates: Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic, EasyJet, Aer Lingus. Read more

Six things you may not know about pilots’ lifestyles

We were lucky enough to talk to easyJet pilot Steve Hochkins last week - and here's part two of the interview. From eating in the air to making family life work, pilots have schedules that most of us would struggle to adapt to - but the job definitely has a set of benefits most of us aren't aware o... Read more

Partnerships help budget airlines expand destinations, go long-haul

European budget airline easyJet has formed partnerships with two other airlines to do what larger airlines have easily done for many years – allow passengers to book an entire journey from its website involving more than one airline. It might not seem like much of a big deal to the average flyer bu... Read more

Greek air traffic controllers to cause further flight disruption

Another period of Greek industrial action started again last night resulting in airlines warning passengers of potential delays and disruption. Air traffic controllers went on a strike from midnight last night and is expected to last 48 hours. British Airways and easyJet said flights to and from Gr... Read more

Why Chemmy Alcott gives 100% in Olympic training and interviews

If you saw the Clare Balding show on BT Sport on Friday night, you would've heard Chemmy Alcott rush through the story of her near death experience, then launch into an exuberant description of the single-mindedness that drives her towards her fourth Olympics. She even ending up putting words in Mar... Read more

New research reveals the world's safest airlines

If you're a nervous flier, you'll love this. German-based company The Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre has analysed all serious incidents suffered by airlines since 1983, and has produced this year's Safety Index. That's right - they've listed the safest (and unsafest!) airlines to fly wit... Read more

Passports myths debunked: Do I need to renew my passport?

Dear Columbus Direct, My parents live in Spain, and have invited my two grown-up children (18 and 19) and I out to join them in the middle of April, returning at the end of April. My children's passports expire in early May. I think I may have left it a bit late to renew them on their behalf, but d... Read more

Double misery for travellers heading to France this week

If you're travelling to France this week, there's a chance you could fall foul of French air traffic controller strikes and new passport checks. The Telegraph reports that up to half of the flights between France and Britain could be cancelled as the SNCTA, France’s largest air traffic controllers’... Read more

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