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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
21.07.14 Ex-Heathrow boss Colin Matthews to lead Highways Agency
21.07.14 Current trends and innovation in the global airport advertising market
21.07.14 Stuck at Heathrow: the live animal cargo smuggled into Britain
20.07.14 Chaos at Heathrow Airport after thunder and lightning storms cancel flights
20.07.14 Heathrow top departure point for planes that flew near east Ukraine
20.07.14 Newspaper feature: 24 hours at Belfast International Airport
20.07.14 Dundee air passenger numbers at lowest level for years
20.07.14 Land's End Airport reopening delayed by runway work problems
20.07.14 Manston meeting draws large crowds
20.07.14 Stansted: World Duty Free, WH Smith and Dixons Travel to lead retail offer at new-look airport
20.07.14 Belton solar farm plans vetoed after Robin Hood Airport objects
20.07.14 Passenger had stun gun and knuckle dusters on Birmingham-bound flight
19.07.14 Gatwick hands air traffic services to German company
19.07.14 NATS 'extremely disappointed' to lose Gatwick contract
19.07.14 Virgin Atlantic Heathrow bound plane was in same area as MH17
19.07.14 Scotland's island airports boost Hial passenger numbers
19.07.14 Eastern Ukraine airspace closed 'until further notice'
19.07.14 Virgin Belfast flights 'a massive breakthrough'
19.07.14 Labour plans part re-nationalisation of railways
19.07.14 Ryanair baggage handlers filmed throwing passengers' luggage on and off plane
19.07.14 British Airways says Kiev route under review
19.07.14 DHL East Midlands Airport investment welcomed
19.07.14 Confusion over whether Leeds Bradford Airport will benefit from Government funding scheme
19.07.14 Power cut causes disruption at Luton airport
19.07.14 Iceland link 'could boost NI tourism'
19.07.14 SAA to launch premium economy
19.07.14 Glasgow's Favourite Business finalists - Bar 91 and Glasgow Airport
19.07.14 London airport bag thief gets prison sentence
19.07.14 Woman who called in bomb scare to stop lover being deported jailed for six months
19.07.14 Call by teenage ‘Al Qaeda’ inmate of Cambridgeshire prison to Samaritans demanded £1m to prevent bomb at Heathrow
18.07.14 Airlines divert flights away from eastern Ukraine
18.07.14 'We need a third runway and a fourth' says Heathrow boss
18.07.14 London City holds on to top spot as most punctual airport in the UK
18.07.14 Market Report: easyJet rises above industry turbulence
18.07.14 Kent County Council cools Manston Airport purchase speculation
18.07.14 BA, Airbus and Nats join Heathrow on 'Quieter Flight' project
18.07.14 Flying London to New York: It's cutthroat for airlines on highly prized route
18.07.14 Aer Lingus chief executive to step down
18.07.14 German and UK air traffic control vying for Gatwick deal
18.07.14 Fuel-efficient planes could make flights cheaper
18.07.14 Guernsey-Gatwick delays due to jet 'teething troubles'
18.07.14 Index shows dip in holiday confidence
18.07.14 Two-thirds support price cap on summer holidays
18.07.14 SriLankan to join oneworld carriers at Heathrow Terminal 3
18.07.14 Best low-cost airline: easyJet narrowly misses out as Norwegian crowned Skytrax winner
18.07.14 Brits behaving better abroad
18.07.14 Manchester Airport lends a hand to Gaelic football club
18.07.14 Man who 'threatened to blow up British Airways plane' faces up to 20 years in jail
18.07.14 Wizz Air to keep growing as east Europeans fly more
18.07.14 FL Technics to support Garuda Indonesia at Gatwick Airport
18.07.14 BA unveils new Canary Island service from Gatwick
18.07.14 Gatwick insists "no knock-on effect" on downstream flooding along River Mole
18.07.14 Glenmorangie celebrates Open golf major with UK airport promotions
18.07.14 Lalique set to sparkle at Heathrow with World Duty Free Group
17.07.14 Abta renews calls for APD to be reformed and reduced and wants for increased air capacity
17.07.14 UK air passengers pay at least three times more tax, claims study
17.07.14 AOA welcomes government's Airports Commission update
17.07.14 Taiwan government officials visit Manston airport by helicopter to assess whether it is an investment opportunity
17.07.14 Airlines work with Swissport to minimise bag delay disruption
17.07.14 Ryanair investigates East Midlands Airport flights mix-up
17.07.14 No UK carrier makes it into world's top airlines... and just two European airlines are mentioned
17.07.14 Emirates launches world's shortest A380 service
17.07.14 Qatar Airways orders 100 Boeing 777-9Xs
17.07.14 BA: Short-haul premium is 'growing'
17.07.14 For sale: Cyprus Airways seeks buyers
17.07.14 Petition against Birmingham Airport flight path to be presented to Transport Minister
17.07.14 Flybe Group wins Airbus military contract for RAF Brize Norton
17.07.14 Watch: Helicopter flips over on its side at Liverpool airport
17.07.14 Bird control lasers UK debut Southampton Airport
17.07.14 Jet2 launch Madeira route from Newcastle Airport
17.07.14 East Midlands Airport's strength cited in Commons
17.07.14 Glasgow recorded 7.4 million passengers in 2013; Ryanair opens base #69 in October
17.07.14 easyJet lands permanent Schiphol space
17.07.14 Iraqi Airways adds Gatwick and Berlin Tegel links to Erbil
17.07.14 Jet2 launches Christmas flights from Newcastle to the markets of Munich and Vienna
17.07.14 easyJet says Brest is best as its starts its 103rd destination from Gatwick
17.07.14 Lasers are shone at air pilots landing at East Midlands Airport
17.07.14 Qantas foreign ownership restrictions partially lifted
17.07.14 easyJet will be first airline to test volcanic ash cloud detection technology
17.07.14 Flight from Manchester delayed after 'air conditioning fire'
17.07.14 Oil spill on British Airways London to Newcastle flight ‘left cabin crew ill and unable to work'
17.07.14 ACPOA parking firm given award for its safe car parks at Luton Airport
17.07.14 Virgin Atlantic announces direct flights to Las Vegas from Glasgow
17.07.14 AFI KLM E&M to service Virgin Dreamliners
17.07.14 Suspected Liverpool Mr Big arrested at Manchester Airport over £2m drugs haul
16.07.14 Stansted buy boosts Manchester Airports Group
16.07.14 'Heathrow City' designs unveiled by architects
16.07.14 Decision on allowing more night flights delayed
16.07.14 Stansted eyes share of long-haul flights
16.07.14 Newcastle Airport could get government aid after all - if EU agrees
16.07.14 Buyers ‘concerned’ over info on devices after airport ruling
16.07.14 Gatwick security breach as man reaches lounge without ticket
16.07.14 East Midlands Airport aims to broaden its appeal to passengers
16.07.14 Cardiff Airport investment "vital to Vale economy” say Labour
16.07.14 Three Virgin Holidays directors to leave
16.07.14 Belfast International Airport to get Florida flights
16.07.14 Revenues up at East Midlands Airport
16.07.14 Airbus to patent bicycle-style aircraft seat
16.07.14 AirAsia strikes $14bn Airbus A330neo deal
16.07.14 Flybe signs Q400 fleet services deal with Bombardier
16.07.14 Holiday-makers can stay stylish at Liverpool Airport's new blow dry and beauty bar
16.07.14 London Underground offers commuters holiday cash
16.07.14 Heathrow launches wildflower trial
16.07.14 £600k payout for aircraft engineer who lost his arm and leg in Manchester Airport explosion
16.07.14 Southampton Airport cash funds bike hub
16.07.14 Heathrow has launched "Flow" - an airport world-first interactive light exhibit - in T3
16.07.14 easyJet to open new European base in Oporto
16.07.14 Nuance adds a touch of luxury to Heathrow T2 with Bulgari boutique
16.07.14 Flybe serves up a treat as it reveals new on-board menu
16.07.14 Four new Holiday Inns to open in UK; one near Heathrow T5
16.07.14 Ryanair considered painting plane with logo of extra-marital dating site
16.07.14 Retired BA pilot's bid to regain world gliding title
16.07.14 No KFC drive-thru at Gatwick after plan refused by council
15.07.14 Profits up for Manchester Airports Group
15.07.14 Gatwick boss presses for expansion after June passenger numbers increase
15.07.14 Heathrow third runway would mean less noise for 300,000 residents – new CAA analysis says
15.07.14 Environmentalists: Airport expansion plans 'on wing and prayer'
15.07.14 Airport staff shortages threaten summer peaks baggage delays
15.07.14 New runway at Heathrow could threaten the future of Cardiff airport, report claims
15.07.14 Ryanair says no plans to cut profit forecast
15.07.14 Rhyl hovercraft link to Liverpool airport proposed
15.07.14 Thomas Cook to launch new flights from Birmingham next summer
15.07.14 Cameron unveils billion pound aviation investment
15.07.14 IAG converts 20 Airbus options into firm orders
15.07.14 Airbus launches the A330neo at Farnborough
15.07.14 Farnborough Airshow: Reasons for UK aerospace to be cheerful
15.07.14 Monarch Group confirms $3.1bn Boeing order
15.07.14 Rolls-Royce wins Airbus contract as easyJet selects CFM as engine supplier
15.07.14 Boeing squeezes seats into 737 to boost low-cost carrier appeal
15.07.14 Video: Kent airport celebrates 60th anniversary
15.07.14 Taiwanese investors set to visit Manston airport
15.07.14 Newquay hopes to host UK spaceport

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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