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A number of flights, mostly operated by Ryanair, had to be cancelled after snow and ice forced the closure of the runway at Stansted for two hours

Passenger frustration over snow

Passengers at Stansted Airport who had done all they could to prepare for journeys abroad, including taking out travel insurance , have spoken of their frustration at the winter weather affecting their plans. The runway at the airport in Essex was closed for two hours following heavy snowfall on December 5 just as the first flights were set to leave.

The CAA will launch an online campaign on Boxing Day to publicise its Atol Certificate

CAA to promote new Atol Certificate

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is putting the finishing touches on its £250,000 publicity campaign to tell the public about its new Atol Certificate. The campaign will be kicked off on Boxing Day.

Many women pack so much for a holiday that they fill their own case and their partners' as well, research has shown

Women 'pack too much for holidays'

Most women pack too much in their suitcases, with some also using their partner's case to take even more stuff with them, a survey from travel agent sunshine.co.uk has shown. Researchers quizzed 2,317 women in relationships who had travelled with their partner in the last year. They discovered that 78% filled a case to the maximum weight, with a large majority (84%) admitting they had taken away more than they needed.

Strikes at Iberia are set to go ahead after union members voted for six days of action in December

Iberia strikes set to go ahead

Planned strikes by staff at Spanish airline Iberia are set to go ahead in the run-up to Christmas. Union members voted for the industrial action among ground staff and cabin crews, who will hold six days of stoppages on 14 December and 17-21 December.

49% of part-time cancer carers receive no additional support

Part-time carers 'need more help'

More support needs to be provided for carers who combine full-time time employment with looking after their loved ones after McMillan Cancer Support revealed nearly half of people balance their work life with care in the home.

Many holidaymakers suffer jet lag after a long flight

'Sun specs' bring hope over jet lag

Jet lag is one of the most frequent annoyances for long-haul travellers, but a new invention could mean holidaymakers no longer have to struggle to get to sleep as a result of travelling.

More customers are booking their holidays on tablet computers and mobile phones

Mobile device holiday bookings rise

An increasing number of people are booking their holidays on mobile devices, a study shows. Almost a quarter (24%) of people said they have used their smartphone or tablet computer to make a holiday booking, according to a survey of 2,000 people for Abta. For foreign holidays, 14% said they had used a mobile phone to book a holiday package or flights, hotels and travel insurance . A tenth had booked an overseas trip on a tablet. For UK-based breaks, the figure was slightly lower - 12% had used their smartphone to book a break and 8% had used their tablet.

A study has ranked the UK among the top countries for quantity and quality of time off work

Britons' holiday entitlement hailed

British workers enjoy some of the most generous holiday entitlement around, a report has revealed. With 25 days, Brits have more than double the holiday of workers in the US (12 days) or South Korea (10 days) and also find it easier to relax and forget about the office while away, according to an Expedia study.

A study published by Heathrow says the lack of capacity at the airport is costing the UK £14 billion a year

Heathrow bosses want third runway

The lack of extra capacity at Heathrow is costing the country £14 billion each year in lost business - increasing to £26 billion a year by 2030 - a new study published by the airport suggests.It may also be costing passengers' money on their travel insurance due to more delays and missed flight connections. Airport bosses would therefore like to see a third runway built in west London..