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An arrivals board at Heathrow airport shows delayed and cancelled flights due to the snowy weather

Airlines face quiz on snow chaos

The Government has revealed plans to ask airlines and Heathrow Airport to explain the cancellation of large numbers of flights amid the recent snow. Conservative peer Earl Attlee, a spokesman for transport, told the House of Lords questions would be asked about the disruption caused by the weather to people travelling by air. He said there had been less snow-related chaos than in 2010 but that the issue needed to be looked at in more detail. Cancelled flights have caused problems, underscoring the importance of arranging travel insurance when planning a holiday.

Planes take off and taxi at Heathrow Airport as the winter weather continued across the UK

Bad weather causes flight delays

Wintry conditions led to low visibility at a number of European airports on Tuesday, causing flight delays for many passengers. Heathrow, Gatwick, London City and Brussels all experienced problems, with the adverse weather carrying the potential for further disruption over the next few days.

Pegasus Airlines, SAS and KLM have the best on-board food in Europe, according to Skyscanner's annual European Airline Food Awards

Airlines with best meals named

Pegasus Airlines, SAS and KLM have the best on-board food in Europe, according to Skyscanner's annual European Airline Food Awards.

Planes standing in the snow at Heathrow Airport

Heathrow defends grounding flights

Chiefs at London's Heathrow Airport have defended their decision to cancel a fifth of scheduled flights over the weekend. Irate passengers, who camped out on the terminal floors for a third day on Sunday, strongly criticised the airport for being slow in passing on information and getting air traffic moving.

A new app gives passengers a view of what's on the ground below

Glass-bottom plane app launches

It may not appeal to more nervous fliers but an airline is offering passengers an intriguing chance to watch what's on the ground below as their "glass-bottomed jet" flies above it thanks to a new app.

The company easyJet has warned that passengers could expect delays at European airports due to the recent snow

Snow flight delay risk over Europe

Airports across Europe could be affected by recent heavy snowfall with Lyon airport remaining closed, according to easyJet. The no-frills airline warned passengers to prepare for "a possible risk of large accumulations of snow" at major European airports.

Nine out of 10 holidaymakers look at online consumer reviews before booking their holiday

Minority write most travel reviews

Exclusive research for Travel Weekly has revealed the importance of online consumer reviews in helping people make decisions about where they go on holiday. Carried out by Explore Research, the survey of 500 UK adults found that nine out of 10 holidaymakers go on the internet to look up consumer reviews before deciding on a destination.

UK tourists travelling overseas spent 3% more in the first 11 months of 2012 than they did a year earlier

Tourists spent more abroad in 2012

UK travellers abroad spent a total of £30.9 billion from January to November 2012, which was 3% more than they spent in the first 11 months of 2011. The Office for National Statistics also reported that UK residents made 3.37 million trips abroad in November 2012 and spent £1.86 billion.

Deciding what to take with you on a family holiday can be difficult

Holiday packing just became easier

Packing for the family holiday could soon become easier thanks to a new infographic feature created by Center Parcs. The service recommends what to take with you based on an ideal getaway, offering perplexed parents some respite.