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24.07.16 Heathrow delay is harming economy, MPs warn Theresa May
24.07.16 Heathrow runway ruling may come in weeks, says Grayling
24.07.16 Brexit vote has bolstered Heathrow's fortunes, says airport chief
24.07.16 Post-Brexit sterling slump costs Easyjet £40m, says boss
24.07.16 Betting firm cuts odds on Gatwick beating Heathrow to expansion
24.07.16 Heathrow Airport investors say ready to fund new runway
24.07.16 We will go to court to block Heathrow, Tory councils warn
24.07.16 Heathrow unveils green vision in new expansion push
24.07.16 Heathrow owner pledges £16bn stimulus package
24.07.16 Liverpool John Lennon Airport forecasting its busiest summer for five years
24.07.16 Wizz halves growth plan for UK
24.07.16 British airports consider replacing air traffic controllers with remote system
24.07.16 Grimshaw wins contest to design Heathrow's ‘terminal of the future’
24.07.16 Dublin Airport flying high with 13% rise in travellers
24.07.16 BA cabin crew to be balloted on industrial action over performance scheme
24.07.16 Retail props up first half revenue at Heathrow
24.07.16 Gatwick Airport to spend £200m on transformation scheme
24.07.16 Gatwick names 17 contractors on £1.2bn frameworks
24.07.16 £2.5m Belfast International Airport shopping hub to bring 35 jobs
24.07.16 Number of delayed and cancelled flights at Norwich Airport rises by over 160pc
24.07.16 Newcastle top, Luton bottom in airport poll by Cheapflights
24.07.16 Scotland's biggest airports are owned in tax havens
24.07.16 Manchester Airport is best in the country for shopping, eating, and drinking
24.07.16 Travel chaos as Luton Airport evacuated leaving thousands packed outside terminal
24.07.16 Ryanair’s ancillary revenue hits record level
24.07.16 Passengers 'kept in dark' about flight delay rights
24.07.16 Award recognises Stansted's leadership and excellence in community investment
24.07.16 Norwegian opens UK headquarters at Gatwick Airport
24.07.16 Airlines hike air fares for football fans
24.07.16 WHSmith airport shops to refund VAT for passengers travelling outside EU
24.07.16 Heathrow Terminal 3 baggage fault resolved
24.07.16 South African Airways operates tobacco-based biofuel flights
24.07.16 Heathrow launches first ever TV campaign
24.07.16 BA apologises for check-in delays at Heathrow and Gatwick
24.07.16 Aer Lingus to increase long-haul fleet
24.07.16 Emirates launches “interactive amenity kits”
24.07.16 These are the most complained about airlines
24.07.16 Wizz wins Iata safety certification
24.07.16 Singapore Airlines to launch US route from Manchester
24.07.16 Pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport 'for being under influence of alcohol'
24.07.16 Amazing timelapse clip of plane landing at Glasgow Airport
24.07.16 Ryanair to grow its Newcastle Airport traffic by 150% with new flight offering
24.07.16 Ryanair set to grow by over 20% this winter in Bristol
24.07.16 Pledge to beef up Edinburgh airport border staff to avert PR disaster
24.07.16 Edinburgh Airport scoops award for best food waste collection system
24.07.16 Ryanair launches ‘biggest ever’ summer schedule from Leeds Bradford
24.07.16 Manchester Airport unveils new-look lounge following £1.9m refurb
24.07.16 New parking facility to be offered for Bournemouth Airport
24.07.16 Gatwick parking operation in 'disgusting' muddy field sees couple fined nearly £5000
24.07.16 New 24-hour bus service will provide direct route from Basildon to Stansted Airport
24.07.16 Plans to operate 'executive' taxis with tinted windows at Luton Airport blocked
24.07.16 Traffic chaos around East Midlands Airport as travellers head for their summer break
24.07.16 Flybe called to account for ‘inferior’ island service
24.07.16 Bristol Airport are now selling travel insurance so you can get it right up to the last minute
24.07.16 Rennes boost for London City Airport
24.07.16 Passengers taking the biscuit at London City Airport
24.07.16 Icon of the skies to go on show at Doncaster Robin Hood Airport
24.07.16 Sites next to Robin Hood airport brought to market
24.07.16 Air Canada passengers fury after Manchester to Toronto flight delayed for 2 days
24.07.16 Swiss International upgrades Manchester Airport services with new Bombardier jet
24.07.16 Boris Johnson's plane forced to make emergency landing at Luton airport
24.07.16 Cocaine worth £3m found hidden on a flight to Gatwick disguised as oil cylinders
24.07.16 Cartier opens new London Heathrow boutique
17.07.16 Heathrow expansion in doubt after May promotes critics to top cabinet posts
17.07.16 May must act quickly on airport capacity, warns transport secretary
17.07.16 Has Philip Hammond just blurted out Theresa May’s decision on Heathrow?
17.07.16 London mayor Sadiq Khan joins Gatwick bosses in call for new runway
17.07.16 Heathrow traffic dips in June as CEO calls for approval of expansion plans
17.07.16 34 councils urge Government to back third runway at Heathrow
17.07.16 Highland air link to Heathrow 'a must' insists MSP as calls to end dithering grow
17.07.16 Gatwick owner ‘seeks runway to lift value’
17.07.16 Stansted has sights on second runway
17.07.16 Theresa May tells Medway MP she won't revive plans for Thames Estuary airport
17.07.16 Gatwick Airport reports long-haul growth surge of +24% in June
17.07.16 Stansted Airport on course for busiest ever year as annual profits climb
17.07.16 MAG reports 'most successful year ever' in results
17.07.16 Glasgow Airport records busiest-ever June
17.07.16 Almost 1.2 million passengers used Edinburgh Airport in June
17.07.16 Luton Airport’s passenger numbers grow
17.07.16 Passenger numbers down 100,000 at East Midlands Airport
17.07.16 Drop in passenger numbers continues at Aberdeen International Airport
17.07.16 Cardiff Airport annual passenger numbers rise by 28%
17.07.16 Birmingham airport welcomes 1.1 million passengers
17.07.16 Jet2 owners report doubling in operating profit
17.07.16 Norwegian Air Shuttle says Brexit not affecting bookings
17.07.16 Feeling Brexit pressure, Delta Air Lines prepares to slash flights to the UK
17.07.16 Heathrow too expensive for Flybe
17.07.16 Flight back in time as Princess Royal marks 50 years of Glasgow Airport
17.07.16 Manston Airport public inquiry to be held on its future
17.07.16 Tui in $1.4bn aircraft order
17.07.16 Virgin Atlantic signs $4.4 billion order for 12 A350s
17.07.16 Why Brexit may be great for Boeing
17.07.16 Cancellations and delays expected in airliner market at Farnborough
17.07.16 Airbus and Boeing see no downturn in next 20 years
17.07.16 Airbus to cut A380 production rate in 2018
17.07.16 MPs to call for lifting of ban on term-time holidays
17.07.16 World's best airlines named
17.07.16 Gatwick-based airline wins top awards
17.07.16 Strong traffic growth for MAG drives retail +7%
17.07.16 Potential Glasgow and Aberdeen airport strikes called off
17.07.16 Investigation as grandmother 'left' in Edinburgh Airport
17.07.16 Summer Southampton Airport firefighter strike 'unlikely'
17.07.16 Manston airport change of use hearing cancelled
17.07.16 Belfast City Airport Awards ATC Contract to NATS
17.07.16 Jet2 expands Bradford training base as demand soars
17.07.16 Prestwick airport joins forces with the US
17.07.16 Setting sun blinds hi-tech cameras at Stansted border control
17.07.16 Chaos at Heathrow Terminal 5 as IT system crashes
17.07.16 This tech may help end plane delays at airports
17.07.16 Prestwick Airport is one step closer to sending flights into space
17.07.16 Norwegian Airlines sees profits double
17.07.16 TripAdvisor launches airline reviews
17.07.16 Tim Peake's on a new mission - to promote Heathrow
17.07.16 Qatar Airways to acquire 10% of LATAM Airlines
17.07.16 Qatar Airways profit jumps threefold
17.07.16 Qatar Airways to take stake in Italian airline
17.07.16 British Airways' first Chinese cabin crew is in service
17.07.16 Weapon amnesty is a success for Gatwick
17.07.16 Glasgow airport's Hologam Holly: The Scottish star over 11 million people have seen act this year - but no one knows her name
17.07.16 Bournemouth airport car parking service is 'inappropriate development' in Green Belt, say council officers
17.07.16 Third of trains late on Gatwick Express, UK’s most delayed rail route
17.07.16 A38 trunk road to Bristol Airport could become dual-carriageway
17.07.16 Heathrow has world’s best independent airport lounge
17.07.16 15 airport hacks to take the stress out of going on holiday
17.07.16 Summer holiday essentials: airline baggage allowances and fees
17.07.16 Bristol Airport's money exchange gives 'worst rates in the country'
17.07.16 Contractor appointed to construct new commercial development at Coventry airport
17.07.16 Edinburgh jet makes emergency landing shortly after taking off
17.07.16 Pilots failed to notice as tail of plane hit runway at Glasgow Airport
17.07.16 Holidaymaker accused of forcing the diversion of Glasgow to Ibiza flight banned for life by airline
17.07.16 Glasgow passengers delayed by Flybe plane 'computer issue'
17.07.16 MAG seeks Head of Retail Strategy
17.07.16 Flight delayed as Gatwick cabin crew member arrested on suspicion of being drunk
17.07.16 Heathrow Airport names Chris Annetts in new retail and service role
17.07.16 BA seeks duty-free and retail partners for New York JFK T7 modernisation
09.07.16 Half-year passenger numbers soar at Liverpool John Lennon Airport
09.07.16 Belfast International Airport back in UK's top 10
09.07.16 Brexit ‘shockwaves’ hitting airline industry - IATA
09.07.16 Five million Brits put overseas holidays on hold after Brexit
09.07.16 Brexit will 'lead to loss of 2.3 million visitors to UK'
09.07.16 Call for higher air tax at London airports to pay for regional cut
09.07.16 Virgin Atlantic boss slams APD as UK 'cutting its nose off to spite its face'
09.07.16 London City Airport boss calls for immediate airport expansion decision
09.07.16 MPs call on May and Leadsom to act over Heathrow Airport expansion
09.07.16 Stephen Crabb: I’d give go-ahead for third runway at Heathrow Airport
09.07.16 Hundreds call for expansion at Heathrow Airport rally
09.07.16 London's crazy plan for an elevated airport: Scrapped 1931 design reveals a wheel-shaped runway at King's Cross
09.07.16 Gatwick top in Europe for new long haul routes
09.07.16 'DFS-style' payment option could 'revolutionise' holiday bookings
09.07.16 Travel spending 'vulnerable' as consumer confidence plummets
09.07.16 Flights grounded as French air traffic strikes again
09.07.16 Airlines demand action on ATC disruption
09.07.16 Ryanair carries record passenger numbers despite strikes
09.07.16 EasyJet traffic numbers rose 5.8% in June, but cancellations almost doubled following air traffic control strikes in France
09.07.16 Belfast International Airport gears up for ‘a summer like no other'
09.07.16 Birmingham unveiled as UK base for Jet2
09.07.16 RiverOak publish Manston airport scoping report
09.07.16 Jobs to be created at Bournemouth Airport production site
09.07.16 Redevelopment at Rochester Airport could start next year after £4.4million boost
09.07.16 50 jobs go at Southend airport business park firm
09.07.16 Bristol FBO records record movements during Glastonbury
09.07.16 Edinburgh Airport gives Fife flights pledge
09.07.16 Hundreds of homes to be built near Newcastle Airport despite wildlife fears
09.07.16 Ryanair spent €150m buying its own shares after Brexit slump
09.07.16 Tui airlines most climate-efficient in Europe says group
09.07.16 Thomas Cook celebrates its landmark 175 anniversary
09.07.16 Surf Air aims to poach business travellers in European launch
09.07.16 Airbus proposes denser A380 premium economy cabin to airlines
09.07.16 Ground system aims to increase efficiency of aircraft taxiing manoeuvres
09.07.16 Laing O’Rourke bags £700m Manchester Airport project
09.07.16 'Minor technical fault' on BA jet triggers 6,000-mile flight to nowhere
09.07.16 BA check-in glitch at Heathrow Airport sparks travel mayhem for passengers
09.07.16 Air cargo firms feel the pressure from plunge in freight prices
09.07.16 Heathrow awards £170 million baggage screening contract
09.07.16 Have laws to stop laser attacks on planes been delayed?
09.07.16 Ryanair pilots in tax fraud probe as prosecutors raid crew rooms in six German airports
09.07.16 ‘It’s a London thing’: Lagardère unveils largest duty free store at London Luton
09.07.16 Computers might soon scan your bags at the airport instead of people
09.07.16 Angry passenger takes pictures of chaotic scenes at Manchester airport
09.07.16 Virgin Holidays opens largest V-Room store
09.07.16 Dean Saunders asked by Birmingham Airport bosses to donate huge parking fee to charity
09.07.16 Belfast Airport parking firm closing down
09.07.16 Giant Crawley car park with space for 3,000 vehicles proposed for Gatwick Airport passengers
09.07.16 NCP partners with ParkCloud for online airport parking sales
09.07.16 Gatwick Express abandons "clock-face" timetable
09.07.16 Stansted's MP calls for better links to airport as Government delays on new runway
09.07.16 Luton Airport tells taxi drivers that contract tendering process was 'fair and open'
09.07.16 Luton Airport passengers warned of possible delays with nearby roadworks taking place next week
09.07.16 New flights to Biarritz and Toulon from Southampton Airport
09.07.16 Virgin Atlantic boosts capacity on Glasgow - Orlando route
09.07.16 New destinations for a winter holiday from East Midlands Airport
09.07.16 KMP Digitata creates “digital travel timeline” for Aberdeen Airport
09.07.16 Ryanair to return to Aberdeen with new Spanish routes
09.07.16 Ryanair introduces new Leeds Bradford winter flights to Bratislava and Vilnius
09.07.16 Children display their artistic talents at Leeds Bradford Airport
09.07.16 Flybe expands Belfast service to Leeds Bradford
09.07.16 easyJet launches inaugural flight to Gibraltar from Manchester
09.07.16 Cobalt Air starts Manchester services
09.07.16 EasyJet hires Britain’s youngest pilot
09.07.16 Man at Stansted Airport had gun-shaped phone case
09.07.16 Thousands join lawsuit against Ryanair fees
09.07.16 JD Wetherspoon’s at Stansted is named Airport Bar of the Year
09.07.16 BA now offer meditation on Gatwick Airport flights to help people with fear of flying
09.07.16 BA misses deadline for filling pensions black hole
03.07.16 Airport expansion decision deferred until at least October
03.07.16 Airport expansion: This is politics for grown-ups - a decision must be made soon
03.07.16 Government 'committed' to airport expansion despite Brexit turmoil
03.07.16 UK air travel 'to fall by up to 5% by 2020' due to Brexit
03.07.16 Heathrow third runway now 'much less likely' after Brexit claims campaigner
03.07.16 Heathrow boss says third runway will help British economy in face of Brexit
03.07.16 MPs in favour of expanding Heathrow to strengthen Britain's economy
03.07.16 New Tory leadership not expected to approve Heathrow third runway
03.07.16 74% of Tory members now back Heathrow expansion after Brexit vote
03.07.16 Heathrow runway decision needed ‘as soon as possible’ after Brexit says AC chief
03.07.16 We need to build new runways at Heathrow AND Gatwick to grow post-Brexit
03.07.16 Gatwick renews call for second runway after leap in traffic, turnover and profit
03.07.16 Brexit favours Gatwick expansion, airport claims
03.07.16 Gatwick expansion would be 'biggest destruction of British heritage since Blitz'
03.07.16 Stansted owner MAG calls for market to determine airport expansion
03.07.16 Ryanair: 'To focus growth on European Union'
03.07.16 "Runway and congestion issue" at Gatwick hit easyJet profits as it warns of Brexit turbulence
03.07.16 Airlines react to Brexit "complexities"
03.07.16 Brexit doesn't dampen holiday bookings
03.07.16 Abta predicts 'period of uncertainty' after the Brexit vote
03.07.16 Tui warns Brexit will hit travel giant's profits
03.07.16 EasyJet has ‘no plans to move from Luton’
03.07.16 EasyJet presses ahead with plans to set up European company
03.07.16 Ryanair CEO: No change in earnings forecast after Brexit
03.07.16 Ryanair targets share buybacks after Brexit
03.07.16 Jaguar Land Rover and Birmingham Airport say it is ‘business as usual’ following Brexit vote
03.07.16 Flybe boss appeals to airports to help “ditch” Air Passenger Duty: “A barrier to regional development”
03.07.16 Edinburgh enjoying record growth as it turns a century
03.07.16 New Stansted CEO shakes up management team
03.07.16 Airports to tighten landslide security after deadly Istanbul attack
03.07.16 Terror threat 'made against Heathrow airport' before US Independence Day
03.07.16 Heathrow ‘British jobs’ role for Blunkett
03.07.16 Monarch seeks fresh funding despite flying back into profit
03.07.16 Stansted Airport runway closed for 'emergency' maintenance work
03.07.16 Q&A with Durham Tees Valley Airport boss on holiday flights, housing and 'facing reality'
03.07.16 'Put your money where your mouth is,' influential boss tells Durham Tees Valley Airport owner
03.07.16 'Thousands' respond to Edinburgh Airport's flight path consultation
03.07.16 Edinburgh airport misery fear after cut in immigration staff
03.07.16 Bombardier on cloud nine as it strikes £4.7bn deal to sell scores of CSeries jets
03.07.16 ATC strikes cost up to €9.5 billion of EU’s GDP
03.07.16 Travel chaos as Ryanair and Aer Lingus cancel 188 flights on Tuesday
03.07.16 Stansted Airport evacuated after security alarm triggered
03.07.16 Gatwick transformation “a glimpse into the future of airport design”
03.07.16 £36 million new Gatwick security area opens to cut passenger screening time
03.07.16 Stansted marks 25 years with record growth and continued investment
03.07.16 Delta Air Lines marks 25 years flying to Manchester
03.07.16 Thomson Airways welcomes first 787-9 Dreamliner
03.07.16 Monarch launch summer schedule for 2017 from Leeds Bradford Airport
03.07.16 Jet2 flying more planes from Edinburgh next winter than ever before
03.07.16 Jet2 launches ‘biggest ever’ winter programme from Newcastle Airport
03.07.16 Ryanair’s first ever head of public affairs leaves after just three months in role
03.07.16 US dismisses Norwegian's plan for UK long-haul arm
03.07.16 American Airlines plane evacuated at Heathrow Airport
03.07.16 BA tries to lure US travellers with weak pound
03.07.16 A pilot's dozen: British Airways adds 12th A380 to its fleet
03.07.16 Glasgow Airport evacuated after false fire alarm
03.07.16 Pocket Shop to launch in Birmingham Airport
03.07.16 Hundreds join Dame Mary for charity runway race at Belfast City Airport
03.07.16 Flashmob proposal at Leeds Bradford Airport
03.07.16 Robin Hood Airport hit all the right notes for Beyoncé
03.07.16 Watch passenger's incredible timelapse footage of Malaga flight to Liverpool
03.07.16 Unite warns of possible strike disruption at Southampton Airport
03.07.16 Oshkosh fire appliances unveiled at Cardiff Airport
03.07.16 £7m Humberside Airport hotel on course for opening date as site takes shape
03.07.16 Wales BBC pundit Dean Saunders racking up big Birmingham Airport parking bill after country's run to Euro 2016 quarter-finals
03.07.16 More than 1000 cars parked at Gatwick Airport found 'dumped in a muddy field'
03.07.16 Taxi driver caught five times the drink-drive limit picking up holidaymakers from Manchester Airport
03.07.16 Decision on Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth airport car parking plan deferred
03.07.16 EasyJet launches new route to Gran Canaria from Southend Airport
03.07.16 EasyJet adds Inverness-Geneva flight to winter schedule
03.07.16 East Midlands Airport reveals new destinations
03.07.16 BA launches seventh Spanish route from London City
03.07.16 EasyJet offers new direct flights from Bristol Airport to Turin, Italy
03.07.16 EasyJet opens new routes to Berlin and Las Palmas from Newcastle
03.07.16 Glasgow gains first Seoul service
03.07.16 EasyJet launch Glasgow-Marseille summer service
03.07.16 New easyJet route from Gatwick to La Palma
03.07.16 WOW airline Gatwick Airport to New York flights will start at £119 one way
18.06.16 Record breaking May at Stansted as passenger numbers soar

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 late 2015.

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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