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31.08.14 British terror threat risk level raised to 'severe', meaning attack is 'highly likely'
31.08.14 Stansted Airport's popularity plummets as Southend flies high
31.08.14 Birmingham Airport backers land £82m dividend
31.08.14 Ryanair grounds the clown prince in bid to woo executive fliers
31.08.14 €16 gadget sparks 'right to recline' row among airline passengers
31.08.14 Ryanair looks to use Airbus on routes to America
31.08.14 Leeds Bradford owner buys Moneycorp for £212m
31.08.14 Work begins on redevelopment of Exeter Airport’s security search area
31.08.14 Ryanair looks to trade to recruit head of corporate travel and groups
30.08.14 Heathrow boss urges Boris Johnson to back third runway
30.08.14 Flights continue as normal despite Iceland volcano eruption
30.08.14 Plans for heliport at Plymouth City Airport scrapped
30.08.14 Manchester Airport braced for busiest day of the year
30.08.14 Queue chaos at Belfast International Airport as scanners left unmanned
30.08.14 Spanish airport manager Aena sale to target small shareholders
30.08.14 Ryanair heralds new era of ease with update to mobile app
30.08.14 Edinburgh Airport drop-off charges rise
30.08.14 Students heading off to 'charity challenge' grounded at Gatwick after travel firm goes bust
30.08.14 Thai celebrates its move into Heathrow Terminal 2
30.08.14 Woman caught attempting to smuggle cocaine worth £300,000 through Gatwick jailed
29.08.14 Blackpool Airport operator on the market
29.08.14 Ryanair confirms Prestwick summer routes
29.08.14 Ryanair boss targets Edinburgh airport expansion
29.08.14 Iceland volcano update: Aviation alert lowered to orange
29.08.14 Strike forces Germanwings to cancel 70% of flights
29.08.14 Ryanair passengers stranded at Derry airport for two hours because no one was manning passport control checkpoint
29.08.14 UK airport lounge operator reports summer sales surge
29.08.14 BBT interview: Andrew Crawley, CCO, British Airways
29.08.14 Manston airport: US-based RiverOak refuse to rise to comments by Ann Gloag raising 'serious concerns' about their corporation
29.08.14 Guernsey sees increase in flights to Southampton
29.08.14 Photographer’s lens-cleaning ‘grenade’ in Manchester Airport security ban
29.08.14 Virgin Atlantic Cargo sees mostly flat first half
29.08.14 AerCap agrees purchase and leaseback of 7 Boeing Dreamliners with Virgin Atlantic
29.08.14 Etihad to operate A380 on all Heathrow flights
29.08.14 The big picture: Qatar's A350 XWB in full livery
29.08.14 New charter holiday firm signs up for Liverpool
29.08.14 Kuwait Air Force disaster relief plane makes mysterious landing at Newcastle Airport
29.08.14 BA plane to has to return to Gatwick after developing fault
28.08.14 Cardiff Airport's passenger expectations 'massively unrealistic' says former boss Keith Brooks
28.08.14 From budget to business: how the low cost airlines are winning us over
28.08.14 Qantas reports record annual loss
28.08.14 How Belfast International Airport is fighting economic turbulence
28.08.14 More holidaymakers and longer queues at East Midlands Airport
28.08.14 London City Airport to launch flight path modernisation consultation
28.08.14 North Sea blunder: Helicopter pilots suspended after landing aircraft on wrong rig
28.08.14 Ryanair may add new routes from Edinburgh, Glasgow
28.08.14 Norwich Airport boosted by survey
28.08.14 Virgin Little Red plane makes emergency landing at Edinburgh
28.08.14 easyJet plane in emergency landing at Gatwick
28.08.14 Warning signal sparks emergency response on Aberdeen flight
28.08.14 Ryanair adds three routes from Stansted for summer 2015
28.08.14 BA adds pulled pork to first menu
27.08.14 Belfast International Airport appoints Graham Keddie as managing director
27.08.14 Heathrow supporters fear Boris Johnson on their doorstep
27.08.14 London Mayor report hails benefits of building Estuary Airport
27.08.14 Manchester Airport Group agrees 10-year air traffic deal with NATS
27.08.14 Stansted Airport flight path changes backed by Essex County Council
27.08.14 Ryanair unveils enhanced corporate fare
27.08.14 Windowless aircraft plan to improve efficiency
27.08.14 BA insists it is committed to Leeds Bradford
27.08.14 Malaysia Airlines' crew resign over safety fears
27.08.14 British Airways extends flight ban after Ebola outbreak
27.08.14 Roadworks near Birmingham Airport for 3 months
27.08.14 Manston airport: Campaigners fighting to reopen Thanet airfield admit a split in their camp creating rival group could damage their efforts
27.08.14 Council rejects traffic disruption fears after closing major Durham Tees Valley Airport route days before Lancaster Memorial flight
27.08.14 Virgin Atlantic flies high on content innovation
27.08.14 Delays at East Midlands Airport after fire alarm
27.08.14 Bristol Airport returns to normal after evacuation
27.08.14 Gatwick Airport tenders for SAP support services
27.08.14 Engineering students flying high after securing jobs with Ryanair at Prestwick Airport
27.08.14 Jet2 launch route from Manchester to Tunisia
27.08.14 Wizz Air to begin flights from Belfast to Katowice
27.08.14 Virgin Atlantic names new plane in honour of flight attendant killed in road accident
26.08.14 Warning level reduced for Icelandic volcano
26.08.14 Stunning image shows a busy Aberdeen Airport
26.08.14 Ryanair looks to buy Cyprus Airways
26.08.14 Manchester Airport baggage reclaim evacuated over false fire alarm
26.08.14 Lufthansa bracing for further strikes
26.08.14 Guernsey flight delays after bird strikes Aurigny jet
26.08.14 Gatwick Airport firefighters do ice bucket challenge in style
26.08.14 Ryanair wants to turn Israel into hub for low-cost flights
26.08.14 Trains cancelled from London to Cambridge and Stansted after tree blocks line
25.08.14 Aviation bosses monitor Icelandic volcano fall out as 'red alert' issued
25.08.14 Ebola checks after Aberdeen Airport illness
25.08.14 Leeds Bradford Airport transport links needs to be improved to boost local economy, says MP
25.08.14 Passengers left on Gatwick planes for nearly an hour while baggage is unloaded
25.08.14 Patent filing suggests this is BA's next-gen Club World business class seat
25.08.14 Gloucester's Jet Age Museum celebrates bumper first year
25.08.14 Flybe axes Exeter routes to Spain and Portugal this winter
24.08.14 Iceland volcano: Bardarbunga eruption sparks aviation red alert
24.08.14 Virgin Atlantic flight diverted due to Iceland volcano
24.08.14 easyJet 'puts contingency plans in action' over volcano
24.08.14 London's airports are the UK's worst for flight delays with unlucky travellers at Heathrow facing the most disruption
24.08.14 Potential Manston airport buyers RiverOak respond to Airports Commission report
24.08.14 Heathrow flightpath experiment spells more noise for Ascot residents
24.08.14 Flood defences set to be bolstered around Gatwick Airport with building of new dam
24.08.14 Mixed fortunes for Inverness and Aberdeen airports in survey
24.08.14 Air Canada flight makes 'unscheduled landing' at Heathrow
24.08.14 Red Arrows stop off at Norwich Airport between displays - and find time to meet crowds gathered to see them
23.08.14 Cardiff Airport announces management changes
23.08.14 East Midlands Airport expects busiest weekend of the year
23.08.14 'Demand is flat': Monarch to cut 1000 jobs and end long-haul flights in bid to compete with Ryanair and easyJet
23.08.14 Bargain flight sites ripping off Brits by up to €125 million a year
23.08.14 Finnair: joining British Airways in IAG would “need an Act of Parliament”
23.08.14 Heathrow chief executive talks to Inverness business bosses
23.08.14 Southampton Airport scores highly in Which? UK Airports survey
23.08.14 Norwegian opens Gatwick long-haul base
23.08.14 Southend voted UK's best airport
23.08.14 Stansted Airport schedules Doctor Who's arrival time on board
23.08.14 Gatwick unveils Burj Al Arab and Chrysler Building sculptures
23.08.14 Survey reveals Exeter airport passengers get five-star service
23.08.14 Edinburgh Airport seeks jewellery & watches and pharmacy retailers
23.08.14 Student admits taking distress flares on Stansted plane
22.08.14 Record breaking day at Bristol Airport
22.08.14 Cardiff Airport chief exec stands down
22.08.14 NATS reports 2.4% increase in UK flights
22.08.14 Which? survey: Smaller airports earn passenger praise
22.08.14 Luton airport voted worst in Britain for second time running
22.08.14 Doncaster airport is best in UK
22.08.14 Newcastle Airport tops Which? magazine poll
22.08.14 Baggage reclaim at Scottish airports criticised
22.08.14 Glasgow airport rail link may be back on the table
22.08.14 Holiday searches rise as UK temperatures drop
22.08.14 BA launches new booking initiative; £5 - £10 to hold a fare
22.08.14 Manchester airport set for 340k passengers in great Bank Holiday getaway
22.08.14 Ryanair confirms talks on Cyprus Airways takeover
22.08.14 Fun day cancelled after anti-third runway council discovers organiser is Heathrow expansion group
22.08.14 Ryanair announces new routes, to launch business service later this month
22.08.14 Jet2 and Jet2holidays announce more growth at Leeds Bradford Airport
22.08.14 Flybe in corporate and financial PR review
22.08.14 Jet2 to launch Tunisia flight from East Midlands Airport
22.08.14 Mercedes charity drag race returns to Edinburgh Airport
22.08.14 Toilet row led to Blackpool plane rage headbutt terror
22.08.14 Ryanair corporate travel chief leaving
22.08.14 Gatwick workers held over duty free thefts
22.08.14 Heathrow Airport compensation views in Berkshire wanted
22.08.14 Berne baby, Berne! Humberside secures winter ski flights to Switzerland
22.08.14 Germanwings to launch Dusseldorf-Stansted route
22.08.14 Ice Bucket Challenge: Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary soaked 14 times raising €10,000 for charity
22.08.14 Gatwick unveils 'urban sculptures’ to celebrate route expansion
22.08.14 Over 1000 fake Mulberry bags worth £750,000 destroyed after being seized at Manchester Airport
22.08.14 Stansted border force seize £10,000 of fake Disney Frozen dresses and bags
21.08.14 MAG boosts regional economies by £4bn
21.08.14 Brits to jet off in their millions this weekend
21.08.14 East Midlands Airport admits queue problems at arrivals
21.08.14 Passengers landing at Manchester Airport facing two-hour queue at boarder control
21.08.14 Air France plans to restructure short-haul operations
21.08.14 Airport security is 'unnecessary and ineffective'
21.08.14 Humberside Airport passengers warned over Icelandic volcano activity
21.08.14 Partners sought by Thanet council over Manston Airport future
21.08.14 East Midlands Airport contributes £130m a year to local economy
21.08.14 Birmingham Airport stowaway Lee Jezard said he was co-pilot
21.08.14 The cheapest way to get to the airport? Public transport!
21.08.14 Plane passengers evacuated from Guernsey plane due to reports of smoke
21.08.14 Spanish airline announces Cardiff Airport flights programme for summer 2015
21.08.14 Commercial director leaves Durham Tees Valley Airport
21.08.14 Ryanair appoints new head of digital technology
21.08.14 United to offer Uber services via app
21.08.14 British Airways increases credit card booking fee
21.08.14 Bmi regional told off for prize promotion
21.08.14 Policeman strangled victim 'until his eyes bulged like a cartoon' in Heathrow attack
21.08.14 Ryanair flight circles for 35 minutes before returning to Birmingham
21.08.14 To Fry. To Serve: British Airways adds fish and chips to menus
21.08.14 Pernod Ricard and WDFG in airport-wide Beefeater campaign at Gatwick
20.08.14 Airlines warned over Iceland volcano eruption
20.08.14 Swissport issues bag pledge but Gatwick’s problem is ‘systemic’
20.08.14 Air passengers up but growth slowing and Brics weak, says Iata
20.08.14 Private equity owner pumps cash into Leeds Bradford Airport
20.08.14 Gatwick campaigners look beyond consultation to halt controversial flight path over west Kent
20.08.14 Plane held on Edinburgh runway as sick passengers treated
20.08.14 ‘Strategic review’ could end Monarch flights from Leeds
20.08.14 Complaints over Ryanair's mobile boarding passes
20.08.14 Brits miss out on millions for delayed and cancelled flights
20.08.14 John Menzies pretax profit falls on changes at Heathrow
20.08.14 WHSmith opens four stores at new London Heathrow Terminal 2
20.08.14 First recruits for London City Airport training scheme
20.08.14 FAA bans all US flights over Syria
20.08.14 Lord Haskins calls for restored Hull to Manchester Airport rail link
20.08.14 Pre-flight yoga for SkyTeam flyers at Heathrow lounge
20.08.14 BA increases credit card booking fee
20.08.14 Trams begin tests at Manchester Airport as take-off looms for new Metrolink line
20.08.14 Heathrow Express suspended this weekend
20.08.14 Packexe adding value to Bristol Airport car parks
19.08.14 Carlisle Airport redevelopment plan approved
19.08.14 Record July at Birmingham Airport
19.08.14 Passenger numbers up as Leeds Bradford Airport cuts losses by 39%
19.08.14 Good news for Exeter Airport as growth continues
19.08.14 Lack of hub airport investment ‘eroding’ economic health – Heathrow
19.08.14 UK manufacturers want new infrastructure authority
19.08.14 Stop Stansted Expansion questions NATS' claims over departure route switch
19.08.14 NATS wins two-year extension to Luton Airport contract
19.08.14 Ontario Teachers looks to add Bristol Airport to portfolio

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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