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17.04.15 Southampton airport reports double-digit growth
17.04.15 Ombudsman announced for air passengers
17.04.15 Noise warning as Edinburgh Airport flight path changes
17.04.15 Aer Lingus sale moves closer as deal for Heathrow slots edges towards resolution
17.04.15 Passengers 'can hijack cockpit from a laptop' warn security experts
17.04.15 Iberia and BA leave AEA in clash over gulf carriers
17.04.15 Gatwick Airport goes paperless to streamline ID pass operations
17.04.15 Ryanair boss slams European Commission's 'incompetence'
17.04.15 Qantas risks large fines, losing slots at Heathrow for late A380s: internal memo
17.04.15 Emirates responds to passenger demand for more flights to Gatwick Airport
17.04.15 Here's why Ryanair flights may get even cheaper
17.04.15 Luton to Gibraltar added to Monarch winter schedule
17.04.15 Bristol Airport taxi firm get five-year deal
17.04.15 260 years' worth of experience at Thistle Aberdeen Airport Hotel
17.04.15 Ryanair steward steals passenger’s camera; victim catches him on eBay
17.04.15 Stansted Airport scored a success with over 500 job seekers at employment fair
17.04.15 Gatwick Airport CIO continues cloud take off
17.04.15 Hackney cab drivers call on Gatwick ‘to be fair’
17.04.15 Rio Olympics puts South America in the spotlight with lack of flights from Heathrow
17.04.15 First independent lounge coming to Heathrow T5
17.04.15 Glasgow Airport secures Lithuania service
17.04.15 Gatwick Airport worker was crushed by truck
17.04.15 Virgin Atlantic Cargo offers deliveries to over 50 airports in Europe with new Jan De Rijk contract
17.04.15 Veterans project will flourish after cash boost Glasgow FlightPath Fund
17.04.15 British Airways to increase number of seats to Ibiza for winter months
16.04.15 O'Leary calls for new runways at three UK Airports
16.04.15 London's businesses back Heathrow for new runway over Gatwick
16.04.15 Manifestos aren’t great news for travel
16.04.15 Gatwick Airport targets west London with flyers warning of Heathrow noise
16.04.15 Controversy as Welsh Government-owned Cardiff Airport pays some staff the minimum wage
16.04.15 Turbulence is uncomfortable but it can't hurt you
16.04.15 Hopes for resumption of direct New York flights from Bristol Airport
16.04.15 Ryanair and Aer Lingus have locked horns once again on Twitter
16.04.15 Glasgow Airport responds to fuel leak
16.04.15 Ryanair joins Instagram four years after British Airways and easyJet
16.04.15 Wizz Air plans new Glasgow to Vilnius route
16.04.15 Football fan sang on plane tannoy and forced evacuation of Aberdeen Airport
16.04.15 British Airways starts meditation initiative on flights
16.04.15 Turkish Airlines adds new daily Heathrow service
15.04.15 Heathrow "fails to demonstrate it can grow quietly”
15.04.15 Virgin Atlantic outlines Aer Lingus deal concerns to European Commission
15.04.15 World's most reliable airlines (and their scores)
15.04.15 easyJet's iOS app is now your personal guide to Gatwick
15.04.15 Airbus spools up customer service effort for A350
15.04.15 Gatwick Airport delivers half-a-million leaflets to local homes
15.04.15 Call for Zac Goldsmith to withdraw candidacy over Heathrow pledge
15.04.15 BA flights on Mumbai-London route suffer two diversions after mid-air snags
15.04.15 Cadbury unwraps Dairy Milk gift pack personalisation at Stansted and Heathrow
15.04.15 Manchester Airport drug smuggler swallowed 72 bags of cocaine and then 'produced' them during questioning
15.04.15 British Airways takes off with new cabin crew apprenticeship scheme
15.04.15 Accor has opened a new 184-room Mecure hotel at Heathrow Airport
15.04.15 easyJet cabin crew stop off at Academy to promote speaking a second language
15.04.15 Swiss Eyewear Group secures Virgin Atlantic listing with DFASS
14.04.15 Heathrow and Gatwick report record passenger numbers
14.04.15 Gatwick says passenger surge underlines need for new runway
14.04.15 Mixed fortunes for Scotland's three main airports in March
14.04.15 Manchester Airport break all-time passenger record
14.04.15 Stansted Airport sees a million extra passengers in first 3 months of 2015
14.04.15 London announces applicants for Regional Air Connectivity Fund
14.04.15 Stansted achieves 10th consecutive month of double-digit growth
14.04.15 Historic milestone’ at Belfast Airport as easyJet confirms expansion
14.04.15 Luton passenger numbers fly ahead of £100m expansion
14.04.15 Liverpool Airport says 'we will talk to anyone' as Gatwick announces £20m fund
14.04.15 SSP opens Bar 11 amid redevelopment of Newcastle Airport
14.04.15 easyJet flight from Gatwick makes emergency landing after pilot smells smoke in cockpit
14.04.15 Jet2 flight from Edinburgh declares emergency
14.04.15 Glasgow Airport sky's the limit for good causes
14.04.15 Manchester Airport chaplaincy boost as team gets six new members
14.04.15 Japan Airlines switches Heathrow T3 check-in provider
14.04.15 Two men arrested after Gatwick - Mexico flight forced to divert to Bermuda
14.04.15 PIA hostess held at Heathrow airport for smuggling cell phones
14.04.15 New Singapore Airlines lounge at Heathrow T2
14.04.15 Virgin to launch air4 passenger service system in partnership with Delta
13.04.15 Pilot saved flight after it was struck by lightning
13.04.15 Stansted in it for the long haul
13.04.15 Airlines defiant over 48-hour French ATC strike
13.04.15 Halfords finance chief appointed by easyJet
13.04.15 West Midlands must forget tribal rivalries says Birmingham Airport chief
13.04.15 Brick thrown at train window by travelling between Manchester Airport and Glasgow
13.04.15 Virgin faces legal action over 33-hour flight delay
13.04.15 Thomson holiday jet diverted to Manchester Airport after developing technical fault
12.04.15 Edinburgh Airport passengers delayed by ‘shambolic’ security
12.04.15 Internet scammers con British holidaymakers out of £2.2m
12.04.15 Prestwick Airport plays major role in Europe’s largest military exercise
12.04.15 Merseyside Police set to raise awareness at Liverpool Airport
11.04.15 Luton Airport responds to demand with £100m redevelopment plan
11.04.15 'It's got to be Gatwick' - Airport boss says there is only one choice for runway expansion
11.04.15 Gatwick steps up runway fight with Heathrow with £20m domestic flight fund
11.04.15 Manchester Airport cashing in on turbulence at London rivals
11.04.15 Manston Airport campaign gets 'double boost' from government
11.04.15 Busiest time so far this year for Exeter Airport
11.04.15 Emirates to fly second A380 to Gatwick
11.04.15 Network Rail progresses plans for Heathrow western spur tunnel
11.04.15 Jam, Marmite, Nutella and beans most confiscated food items at London City Airport
11.04.15 Ryanair expands winter programme from Leeds Bradford
11.04.15 Fury as Virgin Atlantic 'nightmare' flight from Las Vegas to Gatwick is delayed 33 hours
11.04.15 Finnair to fly first A350 service to Heathrow in October
11.04.15 Drunken trio arrested and removed from plane at Bristol Airport
10.04.15 Manchester Airport breaks its all-time passenger numbers record
10.04.15 Gloves off as Gatwick CEO says Heathrow expansion problems would be "off the scale"
10.04.15 Heathrow wants to grow and rebalance the British economy
10.04.15 French air traffic controllers plan further strike action
10.04.15 Large oil reserve found near Gatwick Airport
10.04.15 easyJet monthly traffic statistics for March 2015
10.04.15 Manchester seeks Beijing, Mumbai flights as 9 year record falls
10.04.15 Exciting times on the horizon for Glasgow Airport
10.04.15 Loganair carries almost 650000 passengers in 2014
10.04.15 Ryanair probe after passengers entered cockpit before descent 'giggling and taking photos'
10.04.15 Manston Airport announcements made by minister for aviation
10.04.15 450 airlines and airports gather in Aberdeen for Europe’s largest route development event
10.04.15 Heathrow agrees deal to promote UK regions
10.04.15 Edinburgh left out of Heathrow tourism drive
10.04.15 Flybe flight that skidded off Inverness runway was travelling too fast
10.04.15 Imperatives of a national carrier
10.04.15 What’s in an eponym? Celebrity airports - could there be a commercial benefit in naming?
10.04.15 Cancellations rise on second day of French air strike
10.04.15 Guernsey Airport emergency as pilot reports engine trouble
10.04.15 Jet2 launches new ex-Belfast destinations
10.04.15 Emirates Airbus A380 EK201 declares emergency lands at Manchester
10.04.15 easyJet 'rescue flights' to repatriate passengers stranded abroad by air traffic controllers' strike
10.04.15 Cello Aviation doubles cabin crew numbers
10.04.15 Holiday flight scare after leaving Glasgow Airport with mid-air instruments alert
10.04.15 BA adds dozens of holiday flights from Gatwick
10.04.15 Bristol Airport joins forces with Destination Bristol
10.04.15 BA increases daily service between Dublin and London City Airport
10.04.15 Pegasus expands its UK network, launches Gatwick-Istanbul route
09.04.15 Cardiff Airport sees number of passengers fall to 1.02 million - its lowest for years
09.04.15 Edinburgh Airport passes 10m; Aberdeen Airport breaks passenger record again as easyJet (seats) and Flybe (flights) top Scottish rankings
09.04.15 easyJet fights back in low-cost airline battle - but is Ryanair's charm-offensive giving it the edge?
09.04.15 IAG March traffic, capacity rise
09.04.15 London home to four of world's best airports, survey reveals
09.04.15 Gatwick Airport appoints project manager ready for runway decision
09.04.15 Heathrow, Hong Kong and the case for bigger planes
09.04.15 Long-haul flights drive Aer Lingus passenger growth
09.04.15 Airport chiefs welcome moves to cut air fares from Heathrow to Newcastle
09.04.15 easyjet not keen on deals with legacy carriers
09.04.15 Ryanair launches new route to East Midlands
09.04.15 Flybe comms director Andrew McConnell leaves after one year in role
09.04.15 Newcastle Airport road works warning
09.04.15 Isis-bound teen traced to her first class BA seat
09.04.15 Traffic stats improve for Liverpool John Lennon Airport operator easyJet
09.04.15 Liverpool Airport passengers stranded in grounded plane for three hours
09.04.15 British Airways: Premium economy proves its pedigree 15 years on
09.04.15 GP fears Gatwick Airport bid will increase town pollution
09.04.15 Virgin Atlantic launches inaugural campaign with US creative agency
09.04.15 Heathrow selects Morpho detection technology to security screen baggage
08.04.15 French air strikes and new border checks set to cause travel chaos
08.04.15 Ryanair cancels 250 flights in advance of French strike
08.04.15 Ryanair attributes leap in passenger numbers to softer customer service
08.04.15 easyJet boss to unseat more rivals in cruise to profit
08.04.15 Flybe boss blasts Gatwick for ignoring regions in Heathrow battle
08.04.15 Time-based ATC separation begins at Heathrow
08.04.15 Passport exit checks begin at UK ports and borders
08.04.15 Gatwick and Luton flights set to be disrupted after French transport workers strike
08.04.15 easyJet chief executive in favour of Aer Lingus-IAG deal
08.04.15 Flybe chief fails to rule out further cutbacks
08.04.15 Regional airline Flybe reports strong start to new year
08.04.15 Liverpool Airport warns flights could be by French strike disrupted
08.04.15 HIAL airport security staff go on strike
08.04.15 Fire crews tackled blaze involving historic Spitfire at Humberside Airport
08.04.15 Aviation team grows at Robin Hood Airport
08.04.15 Holidaymaker caught sneaking in CS gas spray at Newcastle Airport
08.04.15 Double Avios on BA London City flights
08.04.15 Fire at Stansted Airport catering building
08.04.15 easyJet highlights service and digital advancements in latest campaign
08.04.15 EE comes out top of mobile networks at Gatwick and Heathrow
08.04.15 Frequent flyer cards: make the most of your status
08.04.15 TAM to move into Heathrow T3
07.04.15 Ryanair reports sharp rise in passengers
07.04.15 Flybe on track to break even
07.04.15 Aer Lingus flyers' €13m fee windfall after Heathrow slash passenger charges
07.04.15 Mid-air refuelling of commercial aircraft suggestion to cut consumption
07.04.15 Campaigners demand true aircraft noise measurement at London City Airport
07.04.15 Manchester Airport glitch diverts flights
07.04.15 Aer Lingus says it wants to join British Airways parent IAG
07.04.15 Airbus and Boeing plan to make flying even more uncomfortable
07.04.15 Double celebration for Doncaster Sheffield Airport
07.04.15 Love it or hate it - but please don't fly with Marmite says airport bosses
07.04.15 Passenger stopped at Newcastle Airport as Pease Pudding may have been Semtex
07.04.15 Liverpool Airport staff confiscate thousands of tins of food every year
07.04.15 Police to patrol the skies above Leicestershire in planes based at East Midlands Airport
07.04.15 Rockers pen 'We don't love Ryanair' ballad
07.04.15 Virgin Atlantic introduces 787-9 Dreamliner on Delhi-London route
07.04.15 Cardiff Airport board member stands down after serving two-year term
07.04.15 Thistle Aberdeen Airport Hotel one of best meeting venues in UK
07.04.15 Virgin Atlantic campaign for business travellers takes flight
06.04.15 French air-traffic controllers strike: When is it and which travellers will be affected?
06.04.15 Ryanair bans duty free booze on notorious party flight from Prestwick Airport to Ibiza
06.04.15 Business class only La Compagnie set for London - New York flights this month
05.04.15 Police called twice after angry passengers rally against delays at Birmingham Airport
05.04.15 Near-miss at Stansted Airport for private jet
05.04.15 Norwegian celebrates inaugural flights between Gatwick and Orlando
05.04.15 Sixteen people charged over £2.4m cigarette theft plot at Gatwick Airport
04.04.15 Glasgow Airport welcomes Heathrow plans to cut charges but Edinburgh suports second Gatwick runway
04.04.15 Edinburgh Airport expects 80,000 people at Easter
04.04.15 Easter getaway as 50,000 holidaymakers fly out of Birmingham to escape the rain
04.04.15 HIAL Airports security staff to strike
04.04.15 Virgin warns IAG could have monopoly on flights
04.04.15 Flybe unveils summer schedule from Inverness
04.04.15 Exeter Airport 'sun route' flights to Spain and Portugal return
04.04.15 Business leader goes back to the floor with apprentices at Stansted Airport
04.04.15 Lack of Skylink service is costing Shepshed folk jobs at East Midlands Airport
03.04.15 Heathrow plans to cut passenger charges to boost Britain
03.04.15 Prestwick Airport on lockdown as emergency services respond to major incident
03.04.15 Heathrow to increase charges for noisy, polluting aircraft
03.04.15 Ryanair issues clarification following ‘Irish’ app update
03.04.15 IAG deal could impact long haul transfers to Virgin routes for Aer Lingus passengers
03.04.15 Preparing for a connectivity revolution
03.04.15 "We can only hope Flybe's hub link from Liverpool is here to stay"
03.04.15 easyJet opens new Schiphol base, to add 4th plane
03.04.15 Isle of Man boosted by summer air routes
02.04.15 Access to new Heathrow would cost £20bn, Transport for London warns
02.04.15 Germanwings disaster will not affect image of budget air travel say easyJet
02.04.15 Cheaper long-haul flights as air tax rules change
02.04.15 Five point plan revealed in latest bid to revive Manston Airport
02.04.15 Virgin Atlantic to face ‘searching questions’ on Aer Lingus sale
02.04.15 First and business-class passengers get VIP services available to dignitaries and heads of state at Heathrow

There is a lot happening at UK airports at the moment. Heathrow, now the worlds second busiest international airport (it is overtaken by Dubai in 2014) with 73.4 million passengers in 2014, received Government backing for a new runway (and sixth terminal), but this changed in 2010 by the next Government. It opened a new Terminal 2 that will also replace the current Terminal 1 in June 2014. Gatwick, the worlds busiest single runway airport (two terminals, but one runway until at least 2019), with 38 million passengers in 2014 was sold in 2009 by BAA to GIP. Both want a new runway with a decision expected in 2015 after the next general election..

These two London airports still dominate in terms of flights and passenger numbers, but regional airports growing at a much faster rate. The two other large London Airports - Stansted and Luton look set to grow in 2015. Stansted was to be the site the first of the UK's new runways some time after 2013, but it too was blocked by the new Government. It changed ownership in 2013 to become part of Manchester Airports Group and has grown rapidly since. Luton Airport scrapped plans for a new runway in 2008, but announced big expansion plans in 2013.

But it is at the the regional airports - led by Manchester, Birmingham (already working on an extended runway), Edinburgh (under new ownership since 2012), Glasgow, Newcastle and Bristol - where the growth is likely to be more dramatic, if the economy finally begins to pick up. These airports were transformed by the emergence budget airlines, all doubling in size over the 10 years before the recession.

These smaller UK airports are not content with with short haul routes, the larger regionals picking up inter-continental routes too, and many, including Belfast (now with the benefit of lower air taxes), Cardiff (now owned but the Welsh Government), Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, East Midlands and Southampton have set increasing the number of routes they offer as a key target, even during the current recession.

Then there are smaller UK airports and even new airports looking for routes and local flights to a growing number of UK residents. Many, including Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Durham Tees Valley, Kent, London City, Norwich, Prestwick, Robin Hood have all set 1 million passengers a year as a target, but failed to deliver with two - Blackpool and Manston - closing in 2014 (Blackpool has since reopened for small planes). Other smaller airports could struggle and shut in 2015.

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