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The Latest UK Airport News Stories:

30.07.14 Manston Airport would need 'hundreds of millions' to succeed
30.07.14 Airport focus on South East is ‘shortsighted’: Flybe
30.07.14 Ryanair signals winter price war as it steps up efforts to lure business travellers
30.07.14 Air France, Virgin among airlines avoiding Iraqi airspace
30.07.14 UK pilots seek urgent meeting with ministers on air safety
30.07.14 Gatwick £250m pledge dismissed as “small bribes”
30.07.14 Ryanair hints at budget flights beyond Europe
30.07.14 Air France-KLM announces new growth plan
30.07.14 Delta CEO cites ‘unfair’ gulf airline advantage
30.07.14 United Airlines results impress wall street; pilots are doubtful
30.07.14 Heathrow signs deal with Met Office to help make flight decisions
30.07.14 Gatwick hopes runway bid will fly with CTI Digital site
30.07.14 Ryanair eyes 75% of business market as sales boom
30.07.14 £1.2 million investment in Leeds Bradford International Airport
30.07.14 Land's End Airport reopens after runway work
30.07.14 Ryanair vs easyJet: how the numbers stack up
30.07.14 Flybe named as youth operator's preferred carrier
30.07.14 Air Partner blames weak trading for profit warning
30.07.14 British Airways to be sued over pilot abuse claims
30.07.14 Humberside Airport-based flying school takes the lead in pilot training
30.07.14 Skymark move adds ‘white tails’ to Airbus’s A380 woes
30.07.14 ANA receives its first B787-9
30.07.14 Bombardier CSeries order hopes stoked by London City specialist
30.07.14 Woman trying to smuggle stun guns into UK stopped at Birmingham Airport
30.07.14 BA to screen football highlights and TV show Soccer AM on all long-haul flights
29.07.14 Aberdeen Airport celebrates 80 years
29.07.14 Birmingham Airport runway extension time-lapse video
29.07.14 BBC News: Are we safe to fly over warzones?
29.07.14 Call to resolve airlines' war zone risk
29.07.14 Survey shows nearly half favour expansion of closest airport
29.07.14 SSE calls for end to night flights at Stansted as national survey backs more runways
29.07.14 MP demanding a halt to Birmingham airport flight path trials
29.07.14 Ryanair to expand business routes as profits soar
29.07.14 British Airways pilot died from toxic fumes in the cockpit, research claims
29.07.14 No night flight respite under Heathrow flight path until 2017
29.07.14 London City recognised for cutting carbon emissions
29.07.14 Luton airport experiences delays as a result of diversions due to bad weather affecting Gatwick
29.07.14 Ryanair share price soars 4% as Michael O'Leary's 'be nice' strategy takes off
29.07.14 SITA introduces wearable tech boarding passes
29.07.14 Cardiff Airport: All you need to know about car parking
29.07.14 BA extends hand baggage only fares to all London short-haul flights
29.07.14 Richard Branson's Virgin America files for IPO
29.07.14 Heavy thunderstorms force BA Gatwick flight to land at Bournemouth Airport
29.07.14 Glasgow passengers 'drink most'
29.07.14 Holidaymakers face nightmare delays at Manchester Airport as queues snake into car park ... and council closes road to trim the grass
29.07.14 Excess Baggage extends retail and services offer at Heathrow
29.07.14 Aurigny to launch London City – Guernsey route
29.07.14 China Eastern boosts Heathrow flights
29.07.14 KLM launches customer services through LinkedIn
29.07.14 British Airways A380: What you need to know
29.07.14 Two people in hospital after car overturns near Stansted Airport
29.07.14 Drivers reminded of M56 weekend closure at Manchester Airport junction
29.07.14 Wizz Air announces Luton - Poprad route
28.07.14 Macquarie may sell its stake in Bristol Airport
28.07.14 Ryanair Q1 profit up at €197m, traffic grows 4%. Full year traffic expected to grow by 5% to 86m
28.07.14 Luton Airport owner considering stock market flotation
28.07.14 Gatwick sorry after passengers were sent home without luggage
28.07.14 Recent air incidents have no impact on passenger activity, says Heathrow boss
28.07.14 Stronger rules needed on flight paths: Malaysia Airlines official
28.07.14 Emirates to stop flights over Iraq
28.07.14 Passport Office workers set to strike over pay
28.07.14 Monarch seeks investment to take on budget big boys
28.07.14 Skyscaner report on airports of the future
28.07.14 BBC News: Global travel: Who is going where? And why?
28.07.14 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber supports an Estuary Airport on the Isle of Grain
28.07.14 Could airlines create a class just for children?
28.07.14 Holidaymakers hit by long queues at Manchester Airport on busiest weekend of the year so far
28.07.14 British drugs mule saved by cabin crew after cocaine burst in stomach mid-flight
27.07.14 Luton Airport owner poised for Europe’s biggest float at £7bn
27.07.14 Fears for holidaying Brits as air carriers fly over Isis-held Mosul
27.07.14 Gatwick Airport baggage delays spark complaints
27.07.14 BA owner IAG hit by competition on key routes
27.07.14 Dubai International Airport on track to be the world’s busiest by early 2015
27.07.14 The big getaway: This weekend will be busiest so far this year at Manchester Airport
27.07.14 American firm steps in to help save Manston Airport
27.07.14 easyJet in 4% share slump due to unrest
27.07.14 Support for Manston Airport purchase bid
27.07.14 US investment giant cuts Ryanair stake to under 5pc
27.07.14 Ryanair refuse to let mum-to-be fly 'because she was 32 weeks pregnant'
27.07.14 Two held in FGM probe after man and girl stopped at Heathrow
26.07.14 Jet2 creates 86 new jobs at Belfast International Airport
26.07.14 How odd is a cluster of plane accidents?
26.07.14 Heathrow posts surges in revenue and traffic
26.07.14 Heathrow warns on expansion plans as modest growth recorded
26.07.14 Heathrow fears Chinese takeaway (lack of flights will cost UK economy)
26.07.14 BMI: Leading an airline spin-off to resurgent new heights
26.07.14 Heathrow to save £30m through below inflation pay deal
26.07.14 Man accused of Birmingham Airport security breach
26.07.14 Will Self: an empty airport makes me feel like the only man on earth
26.07.14 easyJet resumes flights to Israel
26.07.14 Heathrow launches national connectivity task force
26.07.14 Sunderland Airshow takes off at Newcastle Airport
26.07.14 Video: Crawley campaign group meets to oppose Gatwick expansion
26.07.14 Heathrow posts marginal retail growth amid T5 luxury investment
26.07.14 Huge blaze breaks out near Leeds Bradford Airport
26.07.14 Ryanair adds five new Manchester routes
26.07.14 Frequent flyer claims he was kicked off flight for Twitter complaint
26.07.14 45,000 expected to jet off from Bristol
26.07.14 Monarch unveils Manchester summer 2015 schedules
26.07.14 Aegean moves to Heathrow’s Terminal 2
26.07.14 Heathrow & VisitBritain launch Facebook comp for £1m advertising campaign
26.07.14 Jersey plane crash inquest coroner cites fog
26.07.14 British Airways’ film to highlight Kuwaiti culture
26.07.14 Passengers in tears as man proposes at Stansted Airport
26.07.14 easyJet plane from Bristol to Barcelona struck by lightning as it is forced to divert
26.07.14 BA to start its A380 service between Heathrow and Washington in early October
26.07.14 Virgin to close Grey Goose Loft at Heathrow
25.07.14 Passenger numbers continue to rise at Cardiff Airport despite small dip in June
25.07.14 Pilots' association urges relaxation of intelligence sharing rules
25.07.14 TTG Interview: Paul Kehoe, Birmingham airport chief executive
25.07.14 easyJet stock slumps as capacity boost puts fares under pressure
25.07.14 Gatwick Airport prepares for summer exodus
25.07.14 Heathrow health impact assessment demanded as new task force is launched
25.07.14 Iata reports positive airline profit expectations
25.07.14 US lifts ban on Tel Aviv flights
25.07.14 Iberia job losses to exceed 4,500 by 2015
25.07.14 IAG and unions reach agreement on Iberia job cuts
25.07.14 NATS handled 206,315 flights in June, up 2.4% on last year
25.07.14 Law firm identifies worst offenders for holiday complaints
25.07.14 easyJet continues business travel growth
25.07.14 International businesses attracted by Manchester airport location
25.07.14 Cardiff and Bristol airports go head to head to land a lucrative Middle Eastern airline
25.07.14 BMI expands East Midlands Airport routes
25.07.14 RAF fighter jet over Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport
25.07.14 Edinburgh Airport bid to cash in on Commonwealth Games
25.07.14 M27 near Southampton Airport "worst motorway in UK for tailgating"
25.07.14 Retailer sets up shop at East Midlands Airport
25.07.14 Flybe adds another brand new destination from Birmingham
25.07.14 Heathrow Airport appoints Brian Woodhead as Commercial Director
25.07.14 Ryanair announce Shannon - Manchester flights
25.07.14 Aircraft makes emergency landing at Birmingham Airport
24.07.14 Gatwick Airport announces £256m plan to increase second runway support
24.07.14 Pilots association: Airline safety assessments ‘not good enough’
24.07.14 easyJet profit forecast disappoints market, shares fall
24.07.14 Spain's AENA appoints banks to sell 49% stake
24.07.14 Delta Air Lines posts higher profit on more international flyers
24.07.14 British Airways to continue Israel flights despite rocket landing near major airport
24.07.14 1m Londoners set to fly out this weekend as summer holiday getaway begins
24.07.14 Jets scrambled after contact lost with Stansted flight
24.07.14 Gatwick second runway 'will boost Croydon'
24.07.14 State-of-the-art Dreamliner takes-off from Edinburgh Airport
24.07.14 Ryanair ordered to repay €9.6m of illegal state aid given by French airports
24.07.14 Wi-Fi demand takes off for US flyers
24.07.14 Flynas axes Manchester route after just three months
24.07.14 Robin Hood Airport welcomes sculpture
24.07.14 Video: Campaigners stage silent protest against London City Airport expansion
24.07.14 Emirates opens Glasgow Airport lounge
24.07.14 Nando's opens at Gatwick Airport creating 135 jobs
24.07.14 Holiday Inn Express Stansted adds rotisserie to restaurant
24.07.14 Louis Vuitton to open first European airport store at London Heathrow T5
23.07.14 First plane takes off from £40m Birmingham Airport runway extension
23.07.14 Flybe posts 'encouraging' Q1 result despite fall in revenue
23.07.14 New flights, facilities and larger aircraft boost passenger numbers at Newcastle Airport
23.07.14 Gatwick predicts 5.7 million summer holiday passengers
23.07.14 Airlines demand new rules for flights over war zones
23.07.14 US and European airlines suspend Israel flights
23.07.14 Gatwick bid failure sparks air traffic control job fears
23.07.14 Heathrow's £550m compensation offer 'a drop in the ocean'
23.07.14 Davies Commission to consult Surrey communities ahead of Gatwick second runway decision
23.07.14 Travellers urged to apply for EHIC following survey findings
23.07.14 Ryanair boss says company may show interest in Cyprus Air
23.07.14 Eight bizarre items found in luggage at Liverpool Airport
23.07.14 Flybe wins PM's praise as it takes over from BA on Aberdeen - London City route
23.07.14 Boeing to install 'space bins' to store more hand luggage
23.07.14 Flybe Cardiff-Geneva flight saved as French routes axed
23.07.14 M56 bridge near Manchester Airport to be knocked down; motorway to be closed
23.07.14 easyJet opening new route from Luton Airport to Rome Fiumicino
23.07.14 Flybe adds new Aberdeen-East Midlands flight service
23.07.14 Flybe brings back Exeter to Newcastle flights
23.07.14 No.1 Traveller opens new relaxed lounge at Gatwick
23.07.14 easyJet announces appointment of two non-executive directors
23.07.14 Fortnum & Mason prepares to jet into Heathrow Terminal 5
23.07.14 Man attacked as he makes his way to Gatwick Airport
23.07.14 Ryanair launches Lavazza coffee on all UK flights
22.07.14 Bristol Airport announces best ever figures for June
22.07.14 Heathrow asks how it should spend £550m compensation for those affected by proposed third runway project
22.07.14 Gatwick is the first airport to be awarded ‘Family Friendly’ status as it gets set for summer
22.07.14 Emirates calls for airline summit following MH17 attack
22.07.14 Malaysia Airlines defends decision to fly over war zone
22.07.14 Wizz Air and Jet2 worse than Ryanair for extras
22.07.14 Airships could be the answer for Heathrow in a post-airport future
22.07.14 New Birmingham to China flighs take off
22.07.14 Malaysia Airlines offers passengers booked on one of its flights this year the option of a full refund
22.07.14 Monarch linked to third refinancing in six years
22.07.14 2000 join outcry over 'noisy' Birmingham Airport flight paths
22.07.14 Thomson celebrates first 787 Dreamliner flight from Newcastle Airport
22.07.14 Manston Airport campaigners head to No 10
22.07.14 Gatwick summer study finds over 50% Brits save to spend at airport
22.07.14 JetXtra launch Majorca flights from Humberside Airport
22.07.14 Stansted to Cambridge rail services ‘doubled’
22.07.14 Edinburgh Airport car park fire firm under investigation
22.07.14 Virgin Atlantic China flight makes emergency landing in southern Russian city
22.07.14 Gatwick baggage handler jailed for part in drug gang
22.07.14 Flybe adds five winter routes
22.07.14 Thai Airways to reduce its Heathrow service
22.07.14 IndigoVision increases control room monitoring efficiency at Birmingham airport
21.07.14 Pilots union voice concerns over shooting down of flight MH17
21.07.14 Feelgood factor is returning to travel sector
21.07.14 Deloitte holiday spend tracker forecasts positive outlook

There is a lot happening at UK airports at the moment. Heathrow, soon to be the worlds second busiest international airport (when it is overtaken by Dubai) with 72.3 million passengers in 2013, received Government backing for a new runway (and sixth terminal), but this changed in 2010 by the next Government. It will open 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 35.4 million passengers in 2013 was sold in 2009 by BAA to GIP. Both want a new runway.

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 Airport and Luton Airport look set to grow in 2013. 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. 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, when 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, 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.

These are interesting but challenging times for UK airports. Keep up to date with all of the latest developments at


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