Business News Archive - August 09, 2008

Nine baggage weighing scales at East Midlands Airport were found to be giving inaccurate readings. Trading standards officers carried out routine checks at the Castle Donington airport and found nine out of 52 scales were faulty.

In the article headlined 'Airline is planning to hit new heights', Mike Coombes, deputy chief executive of Air Southwest stated, "Our services are designed to serve the needs of the people from Plymouth", while at the same time admitting they have been concentrating on its business customers, with a new executive lounge and free flights via the airline's Business Plus bonus scheme etcetera.

By Rick Orlov With airlines cutting flights to offset rising fuel costs, Los Angeles airport officials said Wednesday they are looking at other ways to increase revenue and reduce expenses including boosting landing fees and freezing some job positions.

By Thomas Olson Passenger planes are pretty full these days, but if airlines raise fares enough to pay for record-high fuel costs, far fewer people will be able to buy a ticket, an expert said Thursday. The average price of jet fuel in July was $4.06 a gallon.

American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Sean Broderick, 703 824 0500, Ext.

By Richard Ingrams Richard Ingrams' Week WE'RE NOT looking for anyone else. That used to be the traditional police response when a convicted murderer was proved innocent and shown to have been the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

By Simon Calder On 1 September 1910, the Evening Independent of St Petersburg, Florida, made an unprecedented offer: every day that the sun failed to shine in this Gulf Coast town, the newspaper would be given away "absolutely free, without cost or condition, to subscribers and strangers alike".

By Martin Hickman Consumer Affairs Correspondent A fatal salmonella outbreak across the British Isles that has infected 90 people may be linked to sandwiches sold by Subway. Laboratory tests have shown a link between cases of illness and one of the US sandwich chain's ingredient suppliers.

Vicky Johnson manager of Mills newsagents in Lincoln's Ermine estate "I think people will buy tobacco whether they can see it or not. If people want to smoke, they are going to smoke.

Over recent editions this page has carried letters about the age old chestnut of a possible merger between Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Newcastle Borough Council.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.