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01.07.15 Report backs third Heathrow runway
01.07.15 Airports Commission: final report
01.07.15 Heathrow expansion: Here's what the third runway will actually look like
01.07.15 Treasury rules out axing air passenger duty
01.07.15 Goverment launches biometric passport trial for teens
01.07.15 Ryanair to allow Greek customers to pay cash
01.07.15 Belfast flights to cash-strapped Greece are still in demand
01.07.15 Search and rescue helicopter training ahead of move to Lydd base
01.07.15 Ryanair launches petition as French ATC strike looms
01.07.15 Virgin Atlantic airline to cut 500 jobs
01.07.15 Norwegian 'frozen out' of transatlantic arena: Ryanair
01.07.15 Air Canada’s Gatwick service will mean lower London fares, but airline may be shooting itself in the foot
01.07.15 Tornado fighter jet in near-miss with training plane over Inverness Airport
01.07.15 Call for Newcastle Airport to 'get rid of the quid' drop off parking charge
01.07.15 easyJet adds new Glasgow-Bordeaux flight
01.07.15 easyJet unveils new iPhone app
01.07.15 Ryanair announces new Scandinavian base
01.07.15 Ryanair gaining share at Budapest, while Wizz Air marks time
01.07.15 Ryanair awarded nine Schiphol slots
01.07.15 easyJet to launch six new Schiphol routes
01.07.15 Eurowings to line up against Ryanair
30.06.15 Runways recommendation this week
30.06.15 Grounded: The chequered history of UK airport expansion
30.06.15 Airport Commission report set to fudge decision over second runway at Gatwick
30.06.15 TUI biggest loser, easyJet resilient amid ‘Grexit’ fear
30.06.15 Noisier skies on horizon
30.06.15 Easing Gatwick noise 'will not help' say campaigners
30.06.15 Airport staff taken to hospital after inhaling fumes from Aurigny plane
30.06.15 Passenger jet in near miss with drone as plane comes into land at Heathrow
30.06.15 Group dedicated to fighting second Stansted runway celebrates 50 years' campaigning
30.06.15 Virgin Atlantic goes for gold in economy and with Dreamliners
30.06.15 Security alert at Gatwick sparked by passenger handing bag to strangers
30.06.15 Heathrow airport security confiscate "Pass the bomb" game from mother
30.06.15 End of an Aviation era: Joey's last flight
30.06.15 Heathrow promoting Northern Ireland
30.06.15 Fifth aircraft added for Flybe - SAS white label operation
30.06.15 Jet Airways offers lounge facilities at Heathrow for premium passengers
30.06.15 Tata launches branded Heathrow trains
30.06.15 Vulcan bomber caught on video at East Midlands Airport
30.06.15 Manchester Airports Group signs up Capgemini for ERP shift
29.06.15 Tories under Heathrow flightpath set to block third runway as Gatwick emerges as favourite
29.06.15 Pollution row could put brakes on Heathrow expansion, according to reports
29.06.15 Airport expansion: It's build, build, build in much of the world
29.06.15 Power cut affects terminal at Gatwick
29.06.15 Peterborough photographer has his work displayed Luton Airport
28.06.15 Heathrow favourite over Gatwick for expansion but Cabinet split over new runway
28.06.15 Heathrow vs Gatwick: the debate for and against runways at London’s main airports
28.06.15 Heathrow lifts forecasts ahead of Davies report
28.06.15 New Heathrow runway would make emissions soar
28.06.15 Call for investment in Stansted resources ahead of Airports Commission report
28.06.15 Farewell T1: Heathrow terminal to close after 47 years
28.06.15 Residents will feel benefits of third runway at Heathrow says director
28.06.15 Village groups set out additional compensation demands on Heathrow
28.06.15 Transport secretary could be quizzed over a £70k Manston Airport report
28.06.15 Families to get own queue at Edinburgh Airport
28.06.15 Holidaymakers with unpaid fines face airport arrest
28.06.15 Glasgow airport praised at industry awards
28.06.15 Etihad’s secret Residence lounge at Heathrow cranks up VIP service
28.06.15 Liverpool to Mallorca easyJet flight makes emergency landing after technical fault
28.06.15 New York plane to Kuwait diverts to Heathrow after declaring state of emergency
27.06.15 Gatwick Airport expansion images released
27.06.15 We are booming, says Heathrow after rival’s attack
27.06.15 IAG said to make long-haul vow in EU probe of Aer Lingus bid
27.06.15 Most Londoners think the capital has enough airport capacity already
27.06.15 easyJet offer transfers to people set to fly to Tunisia
27.06.15 Edinburgh Airport’s new flight path trial starts
27.06.15 Heathrow forecasts 2015 EBITDA of $2.5 bln, up 2 pct
27.06.15 Two RAF Typhoons land at Bournemouth Airport
27.06.15 Newquay Airport brings back easyJet route to Liverpool
27.06.15 Prestwick Airport brings in bouncers following booze-fuelled incidents
27.06.15 Belfast International Airport threat over louts carrying laser pens
27.06.15 Heathrow clinches ACI Europe Best Airport 2015 Award
27.06.15 Police and fire teams called to Aberdeen Airport in helicopter emergency
27.06.15 UK high-street fashion lands at Glasgow airport
27.06.15 easyJet to fly Belfast International to Lyon and Lanzarote
27.06.15 Work starts on £15million Aberdeen Airport park-and-ride
26.06.15 Passenger number rise boosts Gatwick's runway campaign
26.06.15 Record passenger numbers for Birmingham Airport in May
26.06.15 Davies report won't stop our campaigns, say Heathrow and Gatwick chiefs
26.06.15 Third Heathrow runway could boost UK by £211bn
26.06.15 Saffron Walden MP says Boris Johnson’s extra Stansted runway call is ‘nonsense’
26.06.15 'Booming Gatwick is only choice for new runway', claims airport's boss
26.06.15 Glasgow Airport gears for 'busiest weekend of the year'
26.06.15 Government report into Manston Airport criticises Thanet council over Compulsory Purchase Order
26.06.15 IAG offers concessions in bid for EU approval for Aer Lingus deal
26.06.15 'Smarter partnership' between Virgin and Delta reaps rewards
26.06.15 Land bought by Greenpeace to defy Heathrow expansion quietly sold for £1
26.06.15 Air tax not held back Scots expansion say airlines
26.06.15 Humberside Airport firm to create 10 jobs
26.06.15 Red Arrows to fly into Bournemouth Airport this weekend
26.06.15 Virgin Atlantic launch Belfast to Orlando route for Summer
26.06.15 Newcastle Airport air traffic controller: 'I can handle the pressure of this rewarding job'
26.06.15 CityJet to launch service from Cork to London City
26.06.15 Air Canada follows WestJet in offering flights to Gatwick
26.06.15 Ryanair launches Christmas Countdown (no, really) with 3500 extra flights
26.06.15 Heathrow Airport: Average delays of major airlines flying out from airport revealed
26.06.15 Virgin Atlantic shows it's possible to cut carbon and increase profits
26.06.15 Jet2 launches new ski route from Manchester Airport to Lyon
26.06.15 Top 10: the best Manchester airport hotels
26.06.15 London City Airport employees volunteer across Newham
26.06.15 Virgin Atlantic restores second daily Heathrow - Los Angeles flight
25.06.15 Aer Lingus did not breach contract with Belfast International Airport, High Court rules
25.06.15 Minister promises swift action on a new controversial runway at Heathrow or Gatwick as decision expected within weeks
25.06.15 Boris Johnson insists government 'will not sanction third runway at Heathrow'
25.06.15 Here's why London's airports need more runway capacity
25.06.15 Boris calls for Stansted expansion rather than third Heathrow runway
25.06.15 Manchester Airport gearing up for record-breaking summer holidays with 3.4m passengers jetting out
25.06.15 Ryanair confirmed as world's largest international airline
25.06.15 Newquay Cornwall Airport passenger numbers below predictions
25.06.15 Majority of illegal migrants enter UK via Heathrow on a visa, not on a lorry
25.06.15 British Airways to modify 130 older planes to make them quieter
25.06.15 Jet2 in alcohol ban threat after rise in incidents
25.06.15 LinksAir scraps Cardiff-Norwich route
25.06.15 Balfour lands deal to extend Bristol Airport
25.06.15 Electric Airbus Airplane of the future to make its debut at Lydd airport in Kent
25.06.15 Coventry Airport gears up for arrival of Five and S Club
25.06.15 Could tram-trains link Nottingham to East Midlands Airport?
25.06.15 East Midlands Parkway railway station in 'wrong place'
25.06.15 In pictures: your first look inside Victoria's Secret at Glasgow Airport
25.06.15 FedEx Express scales up operations at Stansted
25.06.15 World Duty Free and Jacob’s Creek host tennis-themed pop-up at Gatwick
24.06.15 Airport expansion "now too urgent for the government to delay further"
24.06.15 10-year transformation programme unveiled by Manchester Airport
24.06.15 IAG secures finance for Aer Lingus takeover
24.06.15 Gatwick chairman: Belfast will keep London air routes
24.06.15 London City Airport faces calls from students to adopt living wage
24.06.15 Pinewood Studio lawyers warn Manston Airport owners of copyrighted image use
24.06.15 Flybe starts twice weekly flights from Exeter to French seaside resort
24.06.15 Celebrity Cruises to offer private jet service from Stansted
24.06.15 New hotel near Aberdeen’s airport gets go-ahead
24.06.15 Workers join the jet set with night time Belfast Airport run
24.06.15 Wizz Air to fly from Birmingham
24.06.15 Phase 5 implements innovative multi-airline bag drop at Edinburgh Airport
24.06.15 Norwegian adds capacity on Gatwick-Gothenburg route
24.06.15 Summer flights to Greek islands launched at Birmingham Airport
23.06.15 Sean Worth: Airport expansion is more political hot potato than economic sense
23.06.15 Bristol Airport west terminal expansion plan gets go-ahead
23.06.15 Edinburgh embracing competition with more routes and €200m investment programme
23.06.15 Anti Gatwick campaigners accuse airport chiefs of cheap leaflets publicity stunt
23.06.15 London City investing in ‘Smart Airport Experience’ to expedite passenger journey
23.06.15 London Mayor elections: Tessa Jowell's support for Heathrow expansion 'means she can't win'
23.06.15 Heathrow putting local community at heart of expansion
23.06.15 Booming Glasgow: City and airport growing together
23.06.15 Cambridge Airport investigation after passport control gaffe
23.06.15 Vueling Airlines launches first Manchester Airport route
23.06.15 China Southern arrives in style with its inaugural freighter flight to Stansted
23.06.15 London City Airport rewarded for the part it plays in Docklands
23.06.15 Heathrow Airport lands McLaren CIO Stuart Birrell
23.06.15 Davies Turner expands presence at East Midlands Airport
23.06.15 Norwegian raises Gatwick-Gothenburg frequency
23.06.15 Cathay Pacific to open new London Heathrow lounges in early 2016
23.06.15 Andrew Tosh: Video of drunk man arrested at Gatwick Airport
23.06.15 Court dismisses Stansted cigarette smuggler's appeal against eight months in jail
23.06.15 Hilton Heathrow opens a formula one-inspired racing room
22.06.15 Britain braces for political showdown over long-awaited airport decision
22.06.15 Hammad: Flybe turnaround program “absolutely on track”
22.06.15 Scots fliers blast 'shambolic' Edinburgh airport wait as new security system is blamed for capital chaos
22.06.15 Gatwick bosses say flight path over Holmwood, Dorking and Reigate could be fixed by next summer
22.06.15 Heathrow plane stowaway 'remains in critical condition'
22.06.15 United Airlines passengers stranded at Belfast airport for 21 hours and forced to sleep on floor
22.06.15 New Poland flights from Edinburgh Airport start next month
22.06.15 Heathrow's new transport screens are such a cool and useful airport amenity
21.06.15 Levy on frequent leisure flyers proposed to make airport expansion unnecessary
21.06.15 Landfill clear-up 'would add £500m' to Heathrow runway cost, claims report commissioned by Gatwick
21.06.15 Aviation industry braces for long-awaited Airports Commission report
21.06.15 Hitch for BA in Aer Lingus bid
21.06.15 Police investigate incident at Glasgow Airport
21.06.15 Belfast International Airport: Disruptive passenger diverts plane
21.06.15 Pilot error blamed after London-bound British Airways plane crashed into building while using wrong taxiway at airport
21.06.15 Ryanair plane unfair as charity lotto winner must pick €1m prize from 125 envelopes
21.06.15 Wizz Air launches new Aberdeen - Gdansk Route
20.06.15 Welsh Government-owned Cardiff Airport sees passenger numbers dip below one million
20.06.15 Stormont decides not to scrap air passenger duty in NI
20.06.15 Dubai airport chief slams UK politicians on transport policy
20.06.15 Bristol Airport's new £8.6 terminal to be unveiled
20.06.15 Newcastle Airport boss David Laws tells us why he loves his job
20.06.15 easyJet in no rush to offer onboard Wi-Fi despite customer expectations
20.06.15 Bombardier's CSeries jet lands in Belfast
20.06.15 Employment minister at Stansted Airport for fact-finding visit about jobs and training opportunities
20.06.15 Heathrow plane stowaway's body found on shop roof
20.06.15 Thomson holiday plane forced to return to Manchester Airport shortly after take off
20.06.15 East Midlands Airport bomb mastermind killed in US drone strike
20.06.15 New route launched by easyJet from Gatwick to Corsica
20.06.15 Man tried to get airside at Stansted Airport by posing as associate of Ryanair's Michael O'Leary
19.06.15 Manston Airport £1bn redevelopment plan unveiled
19.06.15 More passengers using Gatwick Airport than ever before
19.06.15 Zac Goldsmith says Heathrow airport expansion plan is undeliverable
19.06.15 Gatwick Airport's noise reduction scheme 'too little too late', claim campaigners
19.06.15 Prestwick looking to space for future
19.06.15 Manston Airport 'could reopen early next year'
19.06.15 Aer Lingus shareholders to receive IAG offer documents
19.06.15 How safe is your cabin air? 'Toxic air on planes is a danger for passengers'
19.06.15 easyJet to slash flights at beleaguered Rome airport
19.06.15 IATA hits 'pause button' over cabin bag restrictions
19.06.15 United to pull out of JFK
19.06.15 Passengers with reduced mobility still less likely to fly
19.06.15 Airbus A400M spotted at Bournemouth Airport
19.06.15 Extra Aberdeen Airport parking charge passed from taxi drivers to passengers
19.06.15 Ryanair's Peter Bellew joins Malaysia Airlines as chief operations officer
19.06.15 Drunk Glasgow holidaymaker jailed
19.06.15 Cityjet sees busiest month on Dublin-London City Airport route
19.06.15 Jobs at risk as Virgin Atlantic moves to close Flightstore
19.06.15 Gatwick Airport recruiting for 80 new staff
18.06.15 Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways attack EU policies upping customers' costs
18.06.15 Boris and top Tories launch hard-hitting campaign against Heathrow expansion
18.06.15 Heathrow expansion row dominates Labour hustings as Sadiq Khan accused of U-turn
18.06.15 Heathrow expansion 'to hit hundreds of thousands more Londoners'
18.06.15 Air tax abolition could aid Prestwick sale - Brown
18.06.15 BA chief's sky-high pay hits turbulence as it's revealed Willie Walsh gets paid 147 times the average employee at airline group
18.06.15 Virgin Atlantic fleet upgrade key to sustained profit growth
18.06.15 Manston Airport bosses Cartner and Musgrave to unveil details of future use of land
18.06.15 Ryanair website and mobile app to close for 10 hours
18.06.15 World's top airlines revealed - and none are European
18.06.15 KLM could increase Durham Tees Valley Airport services
18.06.15 Line-up of new shops revealed for Bristol Airport £8.6millon expansion
18.06.15 Luton gains Moldova air link
18.06.15 Stelios launches new easyBus Heathrow-London shuttle service
18.06.15 British Airways jet makes emergency landing at Manchester Airport
18.06.15 Tata Communications books Heathrow Express for brand communication
17.06.15 Manchester Airport smashes passenger numbers record
17.06.15 City AM: Why we need to expand Gatwick and make Heathrow better - not bigger
17.06.15 GTMC frustration over runway decision delay
17.06.15 European Airlines ponder uniting in new lobbying group
17.06.15 easyJet’s fastest-growing airports revealed
17.06.15 Airbus 'to remain in Britain'
17.06.15 Flights from Cardiff Airport into a Heathrow with a new £16bn runway
17.06.15 easyJet agrees with Airbus upgrade services for retrofit of up to 105 of its A320s
17.06.15 ‘QIA keen on investing’ in Cardiff Airport transport, logistics hub
17.06.15 Davies Turner Air Cargo expands East Midlands Airport presence
17.06.15 China Southern joins Stansted’s cargo network
17.06.15 Ryanair rolls out improvements to its online group booking platform
17.06.15 Airlines urged to carry defibrillators after death of woman on Ryanair flight
17.06.15 Landowner fined £17,000 for renting field out for Stansted Airport parking
17.06.15 Manchester Airport holidaymakers leave cars outside homes for up to two weeks
17.06.15 WestJet to fly to Gatwick Airport
17.06.15 Heathrow Airport offers yoga sessions for travellers
17.06.15 easyJet drops deal with Luton Town FC
16.06.15 Call for airports chief to quit over his links to RBS
16.06.15 Airport expansion plan faces court room battle
16.06.15 How they stop planes colliding on world’s busiest runways
16.06.15 Virgin Atlantic to hold government talks over APD
16.06.15 easyJet chief leads airline through turnaround
16.06.15 Thomson Airways welcomes its ninth Dreamliner
16.06.15 Leeds Bradford Airport introduces new facilities for disabled passengers
16.06.15 Residents urged “don’t be late” for 15 minute Heathrow Referendum meeting!
16.06.15 Virgin Atlantic appoints new commercial boss
16.06.15 Two new directors for Newcastle Airport
16.06.15 Pilot blamed turbulence for light aircraft crash at Durham Tees Valley
16.06.15 Future of aviation museum is up in the air because of £148.5m bypass at Norwich
16.06.15 Heathrow to loan bikes to staff to encourage them to cycle to work
16.06.15 Wizz Air launches Glasgow - Budapest service
16.06.15 Holidaymaker found with knuckleduster in luggage at Newcastle
16.06.15 easyJet to support Airbus early fault prognosis
16.06.15 Air Canada adds B787-8 on Calgary-Heathrow
16.06.15 Honeywell helps Virgin improve fuel efficiency with new flight management service
15.06.15 Airport tax cut boosts tourism
15.06.15 Virgin Atlantic chief urges Chancellor to think again on air passenger duty
15.06.15 Virgin Atlantic continues its ascent amid dogfight over US travellers
15.06.15 Ryanair success is largely down to ‘Always Getting Better’ plan
15.06.15 Virgin Atlantic CEO: We'll wait and see what our relationship with Aer Lingus will be
15.06.15 Airline staff supplier Crewlink shows 10% rise in turnover with Ryanair cabin crew
14.06.15 Glasgow Airport at centre of City Deal investment
14.06.15 Air passengers still falling foul of liquids curb
14.06.15 Fury over Ryanair's 'family tax'
14.06.15 Luxury jet company NetJets Europe launches at Manchester Airport
14.06.15 Gatwick spends £2m on double glazing and loft insulation for residents living near airport
13.06.15 Gatwick Airport passengers up 6%, cargo down 24% in May
13.06.15 Airports' plea for quick decision on new runway
13.06.15 Passengers at Manchester Airport warned of delays over Spanish strikes
13.06.15 UK airports call for aviation tax cut to boost competition
13.06.15 Heathrow bosses to analyse flight path usage after 'illegal' flight claims
13.06.15 Airport security feel strain of rise in passengers
13.06.15 Belfast International Airport warns travellers to behave
13.06.15 Isle of Man Airport: Two Cessna aircraft collide on runway
13.06.15 easyJet's McCall is one of UK's best bosses
13.06.15 Monarch's commitment to Leeds Bradford Airport
13.06.15 Ton of tobacco and 200,000 cigarettes found in Stansted Airport smuggle bust
13.06.15 Cash seized at Luton Airport as part of nationwide border crackdown
13.06.15 Edinburgh Airport set for more Middle East flights
13.06.15 Flybe ups flight frequencies from Bournemouth and Cardiff this winter
12.06.15 Edinburgh Airport reports record passenger numbers
12.06.15 Stansted grows at the same rate as Heathrow and Gatwick combined
12.06.15 Heathrow low emission zone 'unenforceable', claims MP

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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