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31.10.14 British Airways owner ups profit forecast after third-quarter profit jump
31.10.14 Cardiff Airport chief Debra Barber looks for new airlines
31.10.14 Heathrow wings clipped by delaying expansion
31.10.14 Flybe: How to turn around an ailing airline when you only have eight days of cash in the kitty
31.10.14 Ryanair CEO sees little short-term impact from falling oil
31.10.14 Aberdeen Airport to charge drivers £1 for up to 10 minutes drop off parking
31.10.14 Air Passenger Duty will raise £3.2 billion in 2014/15
31.10.14 Salmond: Air duty devolution would help Prestwick Airport
31.10.14 Stansted bosses respond after airport rated 'worst' for passengers aged over 50
31.10.14 Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary admits they should have been 'nicer' to customers
31.10.14 Southampton Airport Creates World's Biggest Mo
31.10.14 Lufthansa warns on global economic slowdown
31.10.14 Nurses being recruited to screen possible Ebola patients at Manchester Airport
31.10.14 Spain's government postpones IPO for airports operator Aena
31.10.14 Edinburgh Airport trials Ebola emergency response
31.10.14 Metrolink taking off: New Manchester Airport line set to welcome passengers from Monday
31.10.14 Ryanair in second round of bidders for Cyprus Airways
31.10.14 BMI Regional appoints chief financial officer
31.10.14 Qatar cancels second Heathrow A380 service
31.10.14 Dnata expands at Manchester Airport
31.10.14 American Airlines to add new daily LA - Heathrow flight with the Boeing 777-300ER
31.10.14 Southend to Switzerland as airline launch new route from airport
31.10.14 Ryanair reveals new route from Luton to Denmark
31.10.14 AeroParker partners with Stansted Airport
31.10.14 BA app for Windows Phone receives major update
31.10.14 Ryanair’s new Cardiff-Tenerife route takes to the skies!
31.10.14 JSA wins Heathrow airside work
30.10.14 'Don’t look at aviation in isolation', Airports Commission warned
30.10.14 Heathrow expansion 'gains support' as passenger figures surge
30.10.14 Heathrow boss claims 30 airlines are waiting to open routes
30.10.14 Gatwick's Stewart Wingate is confident he'll get the new London runway
30.10.14 'Suited savers' deployed to bolster Gatwick's runway bid
30.10.14 Special Report: Monarch flies into a new era
30.10.14 Heathrow Airport claims support for third runway is rising
30.10.14 Heathrow capacity cap creates playground for monster jets
30.10.14 Heathrow expects faster passenger growth as sales rise
30.10.14 RAF Typhoons escort foreign plane into Stansted Airport
30.10.14 ABTA: Britain’s punitive tax on flying is 20 years old – and more harmful than ever
30.10.14 British Airways slams ‘out of control’ APD
30.10.14 Virgin Atlantic trains no-experience pilots in Southampton and Phoenix
30.10.14 Flybe starts 15 routes in one week
30.10.14 Number of 'claimable' flight delays decreases, says compensation firm
30.10.14 NATS and Thales win £1.5bn deal to control UK warplanes
30.10.14 Travel sites accused of manipulating prices and search results
30.10.14 Manston Airport: Kent County Council's Mark Dance asks new site owners to leave the runway alone in case it becomes viable in a few years
30.10.14 Rupert Hall on how social media is really taking off at Cardiff Airport
30.10.14 Cityjet parent company sells regional carrier VLM
30.10.14 TUI Travel votes 'yes' to merger
30.10.14 Virgin Atlantic launches first Dreamliner route
30.10.14 Lufthansa lowers profits expectations for 2015
30.10.14 Luton Airport starts eight new routes over two-week period
30.10.14 Flybe pilot arrested at Newquay Airport on suspicion of being over drink-drive limit
30.10.14 Train operator calls in police after Flybe poaches rail travellers
30.10.14 Job security boosts holiday confidence
30.10.14 Early bookers could save 29% on flights, claims Momondo
30.10.14 Cheap airport transfers: How to find the best deals for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted
30.10.14 Manchester Airport voted UK’s number 3
30.10.14 Edinburgh Airport reinforces commitment to fire safety with launch of Scotland’s biggest fire training simulator
30.10.14 Essential upgrades to Manchester Airport station to cause disruption to Cleethorpes direct line
30.10.14 British Airways adds two new links from London City
30.10.14 New flights from Gatwick to Iceland launched by easyJet
30.10.14 Heathrow's giant 'scent globe' provides world aromas
30.10.14 BA enlists Paltrow for A380 Singapore launch
29.10.14 Scottish airports unite in APD devolution call
29.10.14 Heathrow to look for efficiencies as profits fall
29.10.14 Heathrow and Gatwick both bid for Scottish backing
29.10.14 Ryanair opens Glasgow Airport base
29.10.14 Branson says Virgin-Delta deal vital to countering BA
29.10.14 Air France-KLM third quarter earnings hit by strike
29.10.14 Hundreds of villagers protest over Gatwick flightpath changes
29.10.14 Image shows how proposed HS2 station at Manchester Airport will look
29.10.14 Harrogate rail revamp: A new station for Leeds Bradford Airport?
29.10.14 Public meetings on Gatwick and Heathrow expansion
29.10.14 Air France-KLM to cut 7,500 jobs
29.10.14 Alitalia to lay off 994 employees with the start of its winter schedule
29.10.14 Ryanair fined €8.3m for breaching French labour laws
29.10.14 Study reveals when to book to get the cheapest fares
29.10.14 Vehicle spotted at Heathrow Airport with E8 OLA number plate
29.10.14 Birmingham Airport taskforce launched to catch people traffickers and help their victims
29.10.14 Flight delayed after 'Al-Quida Free Terror' hotspot found
29.10.14 20,000 will use Carlisle airport to get to USA (via Dublin)
29.10.14 City of Derry airport: Ryanair flight to Birmingham axed
29.10.14 Cardiff Airport and Only Men Aloud surprise passengers at check-in when they burst into song
29.10.14 NATS opens dedicated Middle East office
29.10.14 Edinburgh Castle and airport tower go red for Poppy Appeal
29.10.14 Ryanair launch flights from Stansted to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee
29.10.14 Cityjet expands London – Dublin route
29.10.14 Two held near Stansted Airport in five-day police crackdown on foreign criminals
28.10.14 Demand to reduce APD to improve domestic connectivity
28.10.14 Airports Commission told British business backs Heathrow expansion
28.10.14 Alex Salmond slams 'ludicrous' APD
28.10.14 United to operate Newcastle - New York flights next summer
28.10.14 Union threatens pre-Christmas strike for Thomson Airways
28.10.14 Big Interview: Q&A with Flybe's Saad Hammad
28.10.14 Drone regulation could 'choke' industry, airport owner warns
28.10.14 Increased passengers at Jet2 fail to match seat capacity
28.10.14 Ryanair boss O’Leary could earn €37 million bonus
28.10.14 Travel set to benefit from pension reform
28.10.14 BA's Belfast to Heathrow flights bound for Terminal 5
28.10.14 Prestwick Airport to install new parking system
28.10.14 Westminster backing for hover plans with links to Liverpool Airport
28.10.14 New operator on Shannon to Manchester route
28.10.14 First Minister launches new Aberdeen-London flights
28.10.14 Flybe launch London City flights
28.10.14 Ryanair starts new flights from Stansted
28.10.14 Skyscanner chief is top in travel on entrepreneurs list
28.10.14 New flight connects Leeds Bradford to New York (via Dublin)
28.10.14 Newcastle Airport welcome back Flybe Exeter link
28.10.14 Braintree to Stansted Airport ‘could be achieved in 10 years’ says rail group
28.10.14 Olympic Holidays parent starts legal action against Monarch
28.10.14 Travel perks on Heathrow Express tie in with Paddington film release
28.10.14 Drugs mule who swallowed £387,000 of cocaine caught at Edinburgh Airport
28.10.14 Man in court for carrying explosives at Stansted
28.10.14 Two parrots and snake die in fire at pet transportation business close to Heathrow
27.10.14 Branson accuses politicians of being 'cowardly' over Heathrow
27.10.14 Monarch boss: 'We'll be debt-free within three years'
27.10.14 Virgin boss defends Little Red decision
27.10.14 Government gives £2.8m to save Newquay to Gatwick air link
27.10.14 Posters promoting Heathrow expansion snubbed by Birmingham businesses
27.10.14 Alitalia could cut 1,000 jobs
27.10.14 MP weighs into Gatwick flightpath row
27.10.14 Ebola virus: Civil service volunteers drafted in to quiz travellers from West Africa at Heathrow
27.10.14 New guidance for head teachers over term-time holidays
27.10.14 Surrey residents in Gatwick flight path change petition
27.10.14 Virgin shows off new Dreamliner, gets backing for low carbon 'ground-breaking' flight
27.10.14 BA and Iberia reach partial agreement with eDreams over fares
27.10.14 Virgin Atlantic to fly Dreamliner to India
26.10.14 Gatwick expansion a 'disaster waiting to happen'
26.10.14 Heathrow disruption after 'issues' with IT system
26.10.14 Monarch to focus on Europe as Greybull deal is signed
26.10.14 Air New Zealand releases new hobbit safety video
26.10.14 Tour operator Inghams ends winter flights from Cambridge Airport to Geneva
26.10.14 Trick or tweet: Manchester Airport offer trip to Orlando in social media giveaway
26.10.14 Ryanair passenger arrested after causing mayhem on 'flight from hell'
26.10.14 Book on Gatwick’s growth published
26.10.14 New charity initiative rolling out at Belfast International Airport
26.10.14 Birmingham Airport / M42 junction work delays warning
26.10.14 Doncaster’s wartime hangar set for major restoration
26.10.14 Ryanair flights to Lithuania bought by fraudsters in Stansted credit card ticket scam
26.10.14 BA flight attendant 'glassed' by colleague in nightclub bust-up over strike action
26.10.14 Flybe scraps Southampton - Hamburg flights due to launch today
25.10.14 Heathrow Airport expansion essential, says Virgin’s Richard Branson
25.10.14 Move over JR Ewing: oil discovered near Gatwick airport
25.10.14 Term time v holiday time: the prices
25.10.14 Sir Richard Branson bites back in Virgin Atlantic spat with British Airways rival
25.10.14 Stansted reports 66% reduction in carbon footprint
25.10.14 Lonely Planet? CAA survey reveals almost half fly alone and few get waved off
25.10.14 Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary signs for five more years
25.10.14 European leaders agree to long-term energy and climate change targets
25.10.14 flynas suspends all long-haul flights including its Gatwick routes
25.10.14 Plea over plans to sell Blackpool Airport assets
25.10.14 Spanish travel agent eDreams plunges after Iberia and BA halt ticketing
25.10.14 Oil worker jailed for Aberdeen Airport bomb hoax
25.10.14 Ryanair forced to change website after Consumer Agency intervention
25.10.14 Virgin launch new route from Gatwick to Georgia, USA
25.10.14 New Exeter to London flights welcomed
25.10.14 Aer Lingus Regional begins service to Leeds Bradford Airport
25.10.14 Wizz through your Christmas shopping at new Edinburgh Airport toy pod
25.10.14 Airport Chauffeurs London pulls up at London City Airport
24.10.14 RiverOak partners in Kent for Thanet council talks on Manston Airport
24.10.14 Extra Gatwick runway 'could cause gridlock' on M25
24.10.14 Council leaders defy government term-time holiday crackdown
24.10.14 Heathrow flight path testing not behind airplane complaints
24.10.14 Flights to Italy disrupted by strike
24.10.14 Qantas back in the black after record losses
24.10.14 Jet2 parent reports improved summer trading
24.10.14 Passenger arrives in Newark with suspected Ebola
24.10.14 Half-term getaway fares soar to record levels
24.10.14 Gatwick Airport half-term congestion alert
24.10.14 Chinese airline bids to boost UK-Beijing connections
24.10.14 South African Airways makes a song and a dance about new home at Heathrow Terminal 2
24.10.14 Virgin Atlantic unveils Dreamliner in bid to revive lost glories
24.10.14 Cake launches #FlightDecks campaign for new Virgin Atlantic 787
24.10.14 Transaero to switch Heathrow terminals
24.10.14 Dundee Airport boosted by Ryder Cup private jet flights
24.10.14 Plan for 2000 homes near Edinburgh Airport
24.10.14 Minister demands answers after Durham Tees Valley airport drops safety-related objections to wind turbines after striking £10,000 deal with developer
24.10.14 Gatwick drives Norwegian passenger growth
24.10.14 BA unveils three-week premium seat sale
24.10.14 How many beans are served in your breakfast? 30 most bizarre hotel requests revealed
24.10.14 British Airways Boeing 737 lands at Cranfield University
24.10.14 Ryanair launches new parking partnership with MAG at East Midlands, Stansted & Manchester
24.10.14 British Airways to launch flights from Gatwick to Egypt
23.10.14 Work begins to transform terminal at Aberdeen Airport
23.10.14 Gatwick Airport boss: We need Northern Ireland's support for second runway
23.10.14 Ryanair could launch holiday brand 'within five years'
23.10.14 East Midlands freight hub 'will destroy area', residents say
23.10.14 Wow Air announces £99 transatlantic flights from Gatwick - with a stop in Iceland
23.10.14 TTG Interview: Kenny Jacobs on raising Ryanair's game
23.10.14 Leeds Bradford Airport may treble passenger numbers
23.10.14 A compelling market: the future of Birmingham Airport
23.10.14 Gatwick reveals top October half-term destinations
23.10.14 On the Beach claims 'significant' rise in October half-term bookings

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.

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