In currency markets, the pound came under pressure during the session after the weak manufacturing data - showing a 1.3 per cent slump in May - dampened expectations for an interest rate hike.
It was the biggest fall for the sector since January last year and ended a six-month run of growth.
But sterling later recovered ground to be almost flat at just over
It highlighted the impact on fares caused by overcapacity on some routes, particularly
IAG shares fell seven per cent, or 25.3p, to 335.9p and low-cost rival easyJet was off by nearly six per cent, or 77p, to 1248p.
Thomson and First Choice operator
Meanwhile an increased takeover proposal for Shire from US firm
Despite the new pound(s)30 billion price tag, an 11 per cent increase on a previous offer at the end of May, shares fell 121p to 4530p.
Shares opened one per cent higher as chief executive
The biggest risers on the
The biggest fallers included