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26.08.15 Luton Airport failed to consider noise and emissions when expanding, says Ombudsman
26.08.15 Ryanair to feed passengers onto rival airlines
26.08.15 Ruth Davidson attacks Edinburgh airport delays
26.08.15 Ryanair strengthens its board
26.08.15 Flybe to fly Southampton-Dusseldorf
26.08.15 Columbus Direct launches first airport kiosks for last-minute insurance buyers
26.08.15 Ryanair ranked as most environmentally friendly
26.08.15 Flybe launches new Edinburgh link from Liverpool Airport
26.08.15 Flybe expands winter schedule at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports
26.08.15 Council launches petition against moving Heathrow Express train depot to Langley
26.08.15 Car break-in at Gatwick Manor Hotel site
26.08.15 American Airlines New York to Birmingham flight makes emergency landing in Canada
26.08.15 New Belfast to Rhodes flights to take-off in 2016
26.08.15 Ryanair chooses Ireland's CarTrawler as Hertz replacement
26.08.15 Delta Airlines will start a new service between Edinburgh and New York from May
26.08.15 Glasgow-bound flight declares mid-air emergency
26.08.15 Arik Air cabin crew member caught with cocaine at Heathrow Airport
26.08.15 Delta to launch Salt Lake City-Heathrow flights
25.08.15 Jeremy Corbyn signals the return of Labour’s Heathrow wars
25.08.15 Ryanair to appeal delay claims ruling
25.08.15 Manston Airport protest rally at Thanet council offices as call for CPO intensifies
25.08.15 Luton Airport bid to relax noise limits of flights over St Albans and Harpenden
25.08.15 Gatwick delays: Hundreds held-up as London battered by torrential rain and thunderstorms
25.08.15 Flybe announces new route from Liverpool
25.08.15 Advice: How to claim compensation if you were affected by Bristol Airport's bomb hoax
25.08.15 Durham Tees Valley Airshow to stage one minute's silence
25.08.15 Birmingham Airport secures new Belgian service
25.08.15 Airport rooftop terraces: A stroll outside should be the upside of being airside
25.08.15 Thomas Cook flight from Manchester delayed by 15 hours after hit by catering truck
25.08.15 Night-walking challenge is a real test for Cardiff Airport fundraisers
25.08.15 BA to start Glasgow-Salzburg in December
25.08.15 Manchester Airport to get new memorial for air disaster victims
25.08.15 Emergency crews put on stand-by after Birmingham to Inverness Flybe flight forced to turn back
25.08.15 Gatwick Airport introduces 'happy food' to restaurants
24.08.15 Flight delays after Bristol Airport bomb scare
24.08.15 Stansted Airport baggage scanners strike over pay dispute
24.08.15 Solar farm 'is safe for Bournemouth Airport'
24.08.15 Negative feedback prompts BA to widen seats for 787-9
24.08.15 Investigation into agent's fraud against BA
24.08.15 Bath Travel brings Fly-Cruise back to Bournemouth Airport
24.08.15 Singapore Airlines' SilverKris Heathrow lounges take the gold medal
23.08.15 UKIP engulfed in internal row over Manston as leader sacks one of his cabinet members
23.08.15 Air Canada flight diverted to Belfast after reports of odour on the plane
22.08.15 Political meddling threatens London City Airport’s future: It’s a depressingly familiar story
22.08.15 New technology to reduce noise and emissions at Luton Airport
22.08.15 Manston buyout plan stalls again as Thanet District Council demands more information from investors
22.08.15 15 routes shortlisted for Regional Air Connectivity Fund
22.08.15 Airport link-up to boost Leeds economy
22.08.15 Heathrow's famous road tunnels get major facelift
22.08.15 Airline Services Handling - Aurigny’s new Gatwick handling agent
22.08.15 How has perennial 'challenger' airline Virgin Atlantic taken flight on social media?
22.08.15 Glasgow Airport secures new Salzburg service
22.08.15 Holidaying family get prize at Leeds Bradford Airport
22.08.15 BA diverts plane after smoke from passenger's overheated mobile phone causes panic
21.08.15 London City Airport expansion plans stay grounded following Mayor Boris Johnson's U-turn
21.08.15 Ryanair plays down impact of delay compensation ruling
21.08.15 Business leaders write to the Prime Minister asking him to back Gatwick
21.08.15 Flybe welcomes 50,000th passenger on board in Bournemouth
21.08.15 Dundee to Amsterdam service closes in on Regional Air Connectivity Fund assistance
21.08.15 Runway robbery: Duty free shopping is not the only way travellers are being ripped off
21.08.15 North Sea helicopter sparks emergency at Aberdeen airport
21.08.15 Norwich to Paris flight close to lift off
21.08.15 Airline lines up flights from Robin Hood Airport to Frankfurt, Germany
21.08.15 Passengers on board Aer Lingus flight from Manchester to Dublin left shaken after 'touch-and-go' landing
21.08.15 Finnair to fly new Helsinki-Edinburgh route
21.08.15 BA uses 600,000 coins to draw Statue of Liberty
21.08.15 VLM to launch new route from Birmingham
21.08.15 Mother and child trapped in lift at Gatwick hotel
20.08.15 Gatwick: Airports Commission chair responds
20.08.15 Boris Johnson gets £525,000 to fight London City Airport’s appeal over expansion
20.08.15 West Sussex business leaders continue support for Gatwick second runway
20.08.15 How the M25 will be transformed with Heathrow expansion
20.08.15 Heathrow disruption: Plane Stupid activists in court
20.08.15 £1bn deal for Aer Lingus after IAG bid
20.08.15 Anger as flight paths to Luton Airport take a dip over Linslade
20.08.15 Police taser man on board easyJet flight at Gatwick over luggage row
20.08.15 The new thin line between carry-on and checked bags
20.08.15 Tourists use plane as toilet and other bad behavior
20.08.15 Luton Airport warning job seekers of recruitment scam
20.08.15 Gatwick to Boston for just £179
20.08.15 Woman jailed over £52,000 British Airways lost baggage fraud
20.08.15 Calls for lithium battery review after Boeing Dreamliner fire at Heathrow
20.08.15 A whole new Club World? Or pie in the sky?
20.08.15 Man arrested over homophobic abuse against Gatwick cabin crew
20.08.15 easyJet to launch new Edinburgh - Vienna service
20.08.15 Sisters flying high with luxury confectionery for the jet set
19.08.15 BA parent IAG concludes Aer Lingus deal
19.08.15 Liverpool Airport set for terminal upgrade
19.08.15 Airlines agree to compensate delayed passengers after CAA intervention
19.08.15 Kuwait eyes consortium bid for London City Airport
19.08.15 Kent Police put under pressure County Council leader to say yes to Manston plan
19.08.15 Budget airlines carried half of passengers in Spain in July
19.08.15 Biggin Hill Airport to re-enact Battle of Britain’s Hardest Day
19.08.15 Commons touch? David Cameron filmed eating Pringles on easyJet flight
19.08.15 Sky’s the limit for Norwegian
19.08.15 Passenger has half his ear bitten off on flight from Newcastle to Ibiza
19.08.15 Thomas Cook to resume flights to Tunisia in February
19.08.15 Talking travel, celebrities and tee with British Airways
19.08.15 British Airways begins flying to Peru
19.08.15 ‘Nuts’ air rage case sent to Crown Court
19.08.15 easyJet cigarette smugglers must repay £130,000
18.08.15 Gatwick boss: Heathrow report 'superficial, flawed and erroneous'
18.08.15 Gatwick intensifies assault on Airports Commission
18.08.15 July 2015: An all-time high for UK airports?
18.08.15 Liverpool Airport future assured with Peel Group financial deal
18.08.15 Stansted airport baggage security workers to strike in pay row
18.08.15 Council leader hints at breakthroughs in discussions with RiverOak about Manston Airport CPO
18.08.15 Is it safe to travel? News and advice
18.08.15 Surrey, Sussex and Kent residents create 'human sign' at Gatwick Airport
18.08.15 Manchester Airport rail station's fourth platform completed ahead of schedule
18.08.15 Pilot dies in Newquay Airport crash
18.08.15 Newcastle Airport: Flybe stag do passenger describes being kicked off jet 'for going to the toilet'
18.08.15 London City Airport owners pick Credit Suisse for possible $3 bln sale
18.08.15 easyJet's Glasgow - Belfast service hits four million passenger milestone
18.08.15 Just The Job: '3D chess' just one of the tasks for East Midlands Airport staff
18.08.15 Ryaniar: Cardiff to Dublin flights for Rugby World Cup
18.08.15 Icelandair to launch Aberdeen route
18.08.15 Humberside Airport hotel achieves 100,000 room milestone
18.08.15 Stansted Airport worker admits stealing gems and goods worth £37,000 from FedEx
18.08.15 Manchester air disaster: Calls for apology over 1985 blaze deaths
18.08.15 Scottish Muslims fear profiling in airport security checks
18.08.15 Ryanair issues grovelling apology after customer sits beside vomit on Gatwick flight
18.08.15 Etihad adds third A380 to Heathrow
18.08.15 Avecto sign 10-year lease at Trident at Manchester Airport
18.08.15 Plane from Liverpool to Bucharest forced to make emergency landing
18.08.15 Will BA end Boeing 737 operations?
18.08.15 Barrhead Travel to open first outlet at Edinburgh Airport
18.08.15 Rogue Gatwick parking company caught dumping cars in fields with doors unlocked fined in court
18.08.15 Two girls arrested at Heathrow Airport
18.08.15 BA blames 'complexities' for delay in returning bags to owners
17.08.15 Pilot's miracle escape after plane flips upside down at Wolverhampton airport
17.08.15 Return flights for easyJet’s 80m Luton Airport milestone
17.08.15 Aer Lingus the real winner from any Ryanair interlining deal
17.08.15 Duncan Bannatyne in Twitter rant at Edinburgh Airport
17.08.15 Passengers escorted off plane at Newcastle airport
17.08.15 We can't see Aer Lingus or Ryanair introducing a controversial new airline policy from Uzbekistan
17.08.15 Investigation report: Boeing 757 escape slide falls off during flight
17.08.15 Flybe doubles student baggage allowance
16.08.15 Air traffic glitch grounds hundreds of US flights
16.08.15 Result of Heathrow public inquiry not expected until next year
16.08.15 How Airbus’s bet on big went awry
16.08.15 Air Show at Herne Bay featuring the Red Arrows and Vulcan bomber
16.08.15 UK Aviation Conference 2015
16.08.15 Scunthorpe firm wins major contract with Heathrow Airport
15.08.15 East Midlands Airport passenger numbers rise
15.08.15 Birmingham Airport sees another record day for passengers
15.08.15 Ryanair plans to become ‘Amazon’ of European travel
15.08.15 Ryanair becomes Poland’s #1 carrier; UK biggest market
15.08.15 Flybe offers global connections following Skyscanner deal
15.08.15 Passengers wait almost a week for bags after third breakdown at Heathrow
15.08.15 BA flight turned around after pilots become oxygen starved
15.08.15 Emergency landing at East Midlands Airport blamed on electrical fault
15.08.15 Coastguard SAR operation begins at Lydd Airport
15.08.15 Airlines seek candidate to run new group
15.08.15 Chinese Nationals held over forged passports
15.08.15 Gatwick delays after lightning strikes plane
15.08.15 Is this British Airways' next Club World business class seat?
15.08.15 Airport worker was sacked after changing a former colleague's screensaver
15.08.15 BA gives staff allotment
15.08.15 Aurigny jet lightning strike on Guernsey to Gatwick route
15.08.15 Heathrow joins Rugby World Cup 2015 provider family
15.08.15 BA's new Singapore Airport lounge with Concorde Bar
14.08.15 Birmingham Airport breaks passenger traffic record
14.08.15 VAT Man: airports should hand back the discounts
14.08.15 Durham Tees Valley Airport development revealed
14.08.15 Formation flying, bio-fuel and steeper take-offs - how the aviation industry is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint
14.08.15 Top 5 technologies shaping the passenger experience and driving operational efficiency
14.08.15 Screaming babies on a plane: Do they deserve the boot?
14.08.15 Bristol Airport defends VAT discounts
14.08.15 Prestwick bids to lure foreign air forces amid fears Scotland used as 'stop off for bombing raids'
14.08.15 Kent search and rescue operation to start with HM Coastguard at Lydd airport
14.08.15 London City invests in next-gen kiosks, mobile check-in desks and smart wall screens
14.08.15 Flybe extend Newcastle to Stansted service
14.08.15 Mourner caught at Manchester Airport with £2m consignment of heroin
14.08.15 New route revealed from Leeds Bradford Airport
14.08.15 British Airways to switch Porto route to Gatwick
14.08.15 Australia among favourite destinations for Emirates UK passengers
14.08.15 Virgin Atlantic and Jet Airways expand code-share to include 4 cities
14.08.15 Fly high at the Prestwick Airshow with our at-a-glance guide
14.08.15 Spitfires fly over Teesside as part of RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
14.08.15 Wizz Air launches Košice - Bristol flights
13.08.15 Record-breaking July for Manchester Airport
13.08.15 Chief leaves as Prestwick airport bosses admit 'redesign' needed
13.08.15 Heathrow accused of trying to 'sweeten' up MPs over third runway
13.08.15 Gatwick expansion adverts banned by ASA for 'misleading public'
13.08.15 Frequent fliers keep flocking to London airports
13.08.15 Agents appointed to Coventry Airport scheme
13.08.15 Latest Bournemouth Airport plans set for approval
13.08.15 Loose connection led to flight evacuation at East Midlands Airport
13.08.15 Airport shops row: Boots and Dixons to issue new rules on boarding pass checks
13.08.15 14 ways you're being ripped off at the airport
13.08.15 Stansted Airport's premium retailer says 'We don't charge anyone VAT'
13.08.15 Manchester Airport will pay for residents parking scheme to stop holidaymakers dumping cars in Wythenshawe
13.08.15 Stuart Buss leaves Gatwick to lead UK press office for budget airline Norwegian
13.08.15 Pick Everard wings into aviation with Manchester Airports Group deal
12.08.15 Edinburgh Airport sets new passenger record
12.08.15 Oil sector woes weigh on Aberdeen Airport
12.08.15 Luton airport marks 16 months of consecutive growth
12.08.15 London airports see record footfall as long-haul flights double intake
12.08.15 Airport VAT scam: Treasury ministers demand end to rip-off charges and to pass savings on to passengers
12.08.15 Heathrow expansion more popular among SNP MPs than rest of House
12.08.15 Heathrow cargo falls in July, urges expansion
12.08.15 Heathrow traffic to emerging markets soars
12.08.15 Airport shopping rebels refuse to show their boarding passes
12.08.15 Cash boost for Manston Airport compulsory purchase
12.08.15 Ryanair: Three-click bookings, designer uniforms and a price war on the way
12.08.15 7 airport tech hacks every traveller should know
12.08.15 Ryanair to take on online travel companies with new site
12.08.15 Rigby subsidiary plans new manufacturing and distribution hub at Coventry Airport
12.08.15 Emirates reports busiest month on record in the UK
12.08.15 Monarch adds two Israel routes
11.08.15 Gatwick posts record July traffic as it maintains pressure for new runway
11.08.15 Glasgow Airport busiest July in seven years
11.08.15 Heathrow releases record July passenger numbers of 7.29 million
11.08.15 Stansted soars as passenger numbers are boosted
11.08.15 Airport VAT scam: As shops accused of not passing on tax savings to customers
11.08.15 Stop Heathrow Expansion: “Every single person is important in this battle”
11.08.15 Heathrow to launch six-month steeper approach trial in September to cut noise
11.08.15 Record passengers as London City Airport says expansion plan is vital
11.08.15 Ryanair website and app to close for five hours with no online check-in
11.08.15 Plans leaked for a Garden City at Manston "completely untrue" say owners
11.08.15 easyJet puts an end to guaranteed cabin baggage policy
11.08.15 Ryanair in talks on first interlining deals with long-haul carriers
11.08.15 Passengers at Newquay Airport will now be able to travel to 145 destinations
11.08.15 Flybe's winter timetable offers 158 flights a week from Exeter
11.08.15 Excess Baggage opens new Gatwick North outlet
11.08.15 Virgin to retire B747-400 at Heathrow in February
11.08.15 Leeds shines at Heathrow as UK investment destination
11.08.15 Gatwick Airport evacuated after fire alarm set off in Nando's
11.08.15 Virgin and Jet Airways extend codeshare deal
10.08.15 Edinburgh Airport Twitter apologies over luggage woes
10.08.15 Train cancellations between Stansted Airport and London due to driver shortage
10.08.15 Manston Airport homes plans denied
10.08.15 Aurigny signs deal to buy new Dornier
09.08.15 Gatwick named worst offender for flight delays of more than three hours
09.08.15 Wokingham councillors welcome Heathrow expansion report
09.08.15 Stansted denies barring disabled passengers from flights
09.08.15 How did Ryanair become Ireland's favourite airline?
09.08.15 Aer Lingus carried a record 1.1 million passengers in July
09.08.15 United Airlines jet makes emergency landing after 'sparks' spotted in cabin
09.08.15 Headache for holidaymakers as Metro cancels trains to Newcastle Airport
09.08.15 Heathrow pilot hopes to win Red Bull Air Race for third year
08.08.15 Talks to scrap and replace APD in Scotland this year
08.08.15 WWF Scotland calls for answers on emissions as Scottish Government plans to scrap air passenger duty
08.08.15 Record crowds expected at Manchester Airport as summer season reaches its peak
08.08.15 Slough’s deal with Heathrow “unlocked funding denied to other councils”
08.08.15 Half a million missing out on flight delay compensation
08.08.15 Exeter Airport owner Rigby Group sees profits rise
08.08.15 Paramedics base plan at East Midlands Airport fire station
08.08.15 German Airport criticised for sexist new wider ladies parking spots
08.08.15 Crown court trial for Stansted man accused of fraud over airport parking business
08.08.15 Upmarket Birmingham Airport hotel plans set for go-ahead
08.08.15 Review: Heston Hyde Hotel offers affordable luxury close to Heathrow Airport
08.08.15 Jumbo jet makes emergency landing at Manchester airport
08.08.15 Thieving Luton Airport workers ordered to pay back employer
07.08.15 Ryanair 'could be forced to pay £600m to delayed passengers' as test case goes to court
07.08.15 IAG 'to sustain thousands of UK jobs' with order for 31 Airbus planes
07.08.15 Manston Airport group threatens lorry park blockade
07.08.15 Union claims disabled passengers at Stansted Airport are being turned away from Ryanair flights
07.08.15 Climate change talk by groups against Gatwick and Heathrow expansion
07.08.15 Entrepreneur flying high with Leeds business airline Extrajet launch
07.08.15 RiverOak yet to give council details over where the money will come from to support buyout of Manston Airport
07.08.15 Alcohol and air travel a dangerous mix?
07.08.15 Emirates to add third A380 from Gatwick
07.08.15 Giant walk-in art installation at Liverpool Airport draws attention to human trafficking
07.08.15 Drug smuggler caught at Edinburgh Airport with £100k cannabis in suitcase
07.08.15 Jobs boost as Enterprise Rent-A-Car set to open branch at Belfast City Airport
07.08.15 Senior appointment at budget airline easyJet
07.08.15 Excess Baggage Company open new outlet at London Gatwick North Terminal
07.08.15 Gatwick passengers offered pre-flight movie downloads
07.08.15 BA axe flights to Entebbe, Uganda and Almaty, Kazakhstan
07.08.15 Engineers find nest of rare birds at British Airways hangar
06.08.15 Global Infrastructure Partners to sell London City Airport
06.08.15 London's City airport sale may fetch as much as £2 billion
06.08.15 easyJet reports rise in July traffic
06.08.15 Flights to Greece cancelled due to strike
06.08.15 Glasgow Airport listed as one of the fastest growing in Europe
06.08.15 Norwich Airport looks to innovative ways to stem rise in bird-strikes
06.08.15 Prestwick Airport 'to help fish firms' stranded by Calais crisis
06.08.15 Calls for government review into Guernsey taxi service

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.

These are interesting but challenging times for UK airports. Keep up to date with all of the latest developments at uk-airport-news.info.

 

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