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The Latest UK Airport News Stories:

22.12.14 Cardiff Airport sees drop in passengers of 18.5% in November - but bosses insist it's in a 'strong position'
22.12.14 Record year for Leeds Bradford Airport
22.12.14 Christmas airports strike called off
22.12.14 High winds threaten flights in Europe
22.12.14 Birmingham Airport expects busiest day of Christmas period
22.12.14 easyJet predicts record Christmas getaway from Bristol Airport
22.12.14 East Midlands Airport sees more than 11,500 people jet off on busiest day of the festive season
22.12.14 Alexander demands Inverness Airport terminal expansion
22.12.14 Planes are a no party popper place - Gatwick bosses warn
22.12.14 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson arrested at Heathrow by armed police after flying into a rage
21.12.14 Aer Lingus Heathrow assets attractive to IAG
21.12.14 High-flier Willie Walsh's next airline takeover target
21.12.14 Would Aer Lingus accept a revised takeover offer
21.12.14 Passengers avoid connections at busy London airports in favour of continental rivals
21.12.14 Manston airport owners reveal plans for manufacturing-based business park
21.12.14 Blackpool Airport resumes operation, but Citywing not flying there again yet
21.12.14 Vacationers will look for sun and sand in 2015 say
21.12.14 UK carrier Flybe to go paperless
21.12.14 Interview: How Laurie Berryman helped Emirates take off in the UK
21.12.14 Bah! Humbug! Festive jet-setters told Christmas crackers are a 'no-go'
21.12.14 M11 disruption: Highways Agency warns of delays around Stansted Airport
20.12.14 Stewart Wingate interview: The electrician-turned-airport high-flier aiming to spark Gatwick expansion win
20.12.14 Aer Lingus: playing Heathrow slots involves big stakes
20.12.14 easyJet's French flight attendants call Christmas holidays strike
20.12.14 The great Christmas getaway: 5 million expected to fly from Heathrow
20.12.14 Christmas getaway begins as 53,000 holidaymakers pass through Manchester Airport
20.12.14 Leeds Bradford Airport flying high as 100,000 passengers expected over Christmas
20.12.14 easyJet set to welcome more than 3000 passengers at Newcastle Airport this weekend
20.12.14 Glasgow airport festive rush
20.12.14 Plans lodged for giant warehouse at Manchester's Airport City
20.12.14 Three hawk fighter jets for Humberside Airport £5m BAE academy
20.12.14 Newcastle Airport brings together Sunderland AFC and Newcastle United
20.12.14 Helicopter emergency at Aberdeen Airport
20.12.14 Manchester Airport hotel bought by Dalata
20.12.14 Eye adds digital advertising screens at Newcastle Airport
19.12.14 Glasgow Airport boss handed remit for new operator
19.12.14 'Business as usual’ for Southampton Airport as new owner is announced
19.12.14 MP delivers scathing attack on Gatwick's second runway plans
19.12.14 Ryanair likely 'kingmaker' in any further IAG bid for Aer Lingus
19.12.14 Oil price drop prompts government call to cut airline ticket costs
19.12.14 Contingency plans in place at Heathrow for Christmas strike threat
19.12.14 Manchester Airport insists Christmas holiday strike won't affect passengers
19.12.14 Airports Commission report into Gatwick expansion
19.12.14 Air France-KLM issues third profits warning of the year
19.12.14 Edinburgh Airport prepares for Christmas rush
19.12.14 430,000 to fly from Stansted this Christmas
19.12.14 Airport braced for Christmas getaway as more than 370,000 set to jet off from Manchester
19.12.14 Exeter Airport gears up for busy festive week
19.12.14 Global tourism set to reach new high
19.12.14 Air traveler gets lost luggage back after 20 years
19.12.14 Robin Hood signs new deal with holiday company
19.12.14 easyJet committed to serving Isle of Man long term
19.12.14 Thanet council leader donated to Save Manston Airport group
19.12.14 Sky Sports reporter's surprise proposal at Belfast City Airport
19.12.14 Etihad Airways to fly A380 triple-daily to Heathrow
19.12.14 Gatwick Airport appoints Grayling ahead of multi-billion investment programme
19.12.14 Leon lands at Stansted
19.12.14 Royal High hotel ‘will attract new Edinburgh airport links’
18.12.14 Aer Lingus rejects IAG takeover bid
18.12.14 Heathrow completes sale of three UK airports
18.12.14 Gatwick transforming - the first five years
18.12.14 Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester Airport staff set to strike just before Christmas
18.12.14 easyJet reports record Christmas passenger numbers
18.12.14 Santa and reindeer arrive at Manchester Airport with a sleigh full of presents
18.12.14 Gatwick gears up for festive getaway
18.12.14 Bristol Airport ready for holiday rush
18.12.14 Bristol Airport third worst in UK for Christmas delays
18.12.14 easyJet claims high-altitude carol concert world record
18.12.14 Cook campaign taps into holiday feelgood factor
18.12.14 Lydd airport to invite bids from contractors for 294m runway extension in January
18.12.14 Watchdog warns against weekend IOM airport closure
18.12.14 Police stop plane at Heathrow ‘to prevent 15-year-old girl flying to Syria’
18.12.14 Glasgow Airport launches festive online game for travellers
18.12.14 Florida flights from Cardiff Airport
18.12.14 Loch Lomond heads for Edinburgh Airport
18.12.14 Heathrow Marriott Hotel named Hospitality Business of the Year
18.12.14 Ryanair wins battle with pilot who refused to move to Lithuania
18.12.14 Wizz Air to make Bristol debut next summer
18.12.14 United Airlines flight returns to Heathrow over 'maintenance issue'
17.12.14 Passenger numbers up 26% in busiest November for eight years at Stansted Airport
17.12.14 Heathrow and Gatwick worst airports in Britain for Christmas disruptions... with nearly half of flights delayed last year
17.12.14 Festive travellers urged to fly to avoid rail and road chaos
17.12.14 Call for Government to compensate those hit by NATS meltdown
17.12.14 Gatwick increases runway capacity through Amadeus portal
17.12.14 Belfast plane: Investigation after engine catches fire
17.12.14 Watch: Heathrow has visualised our Christmas 2014 journeys
17.12.14 EU ‘wastes’ millions on regional airport investments
17.12.14 Ousted Prestwick firm offered to invest £2m in ailing airport
17.12.14 East Midlands Airport prepares for busy Christmas getaway
17.12.14 BA retains pole position in Heathrow noise table
17.12.14 Thanet councillors walkout of Manston Airport meeting
17.12.14 Work begins on education centre at Stansted Airport
17.12.14 Turkish Airlines to increase flights to Manchester
17.12.14 SunExpress announces Luton flights
17.12.14 Aberdeen plane forced to land after being struck by lightning
17.12.14 BA rules out in-flight phone calls
17.12.14 easyJet launches first Belfast to Reykjavik service
17.12.14 Wagamama to land at Gatwick
17.12.14 British Airways begins festive trio of routes from Gatwick
17.12.14 Gatwick Airport hosts children's Lego tournament
16.12.14 Airports Commission hears new Gatwick runway options
16.12.14 Christmas getaway 2014: Bigger, earlier and longer than ever before
16.12.14 CAA to lead inquiry into NATS computer crash
16.12.14 Air chaos: '10,000' hit by Nats glitch at Heathrow
16.12.14 Lord Shipley to chair task force shining light on regional airport connectivity
16.12.14 Emergency declared as Belfast bound plane engine on fire
16.12.14 Minister touches down at Luton Airport to see winter resilience plans
16.12.14 Aberdeen Airport November passenger numbers up 4.3%
16.12.14 Heathrow forecasts adjusted EBITDA increase of 11% in 2014, decline of 0.7% in 2015
16.12.14 Doncaster Sheffield Airport wins award
16.12.14 London City Airport releases Christmas campaign film
16.12.14 easyJet announces new route from Isle of Man to Bristol
16.12.14 BMI Regional doubles charter flight volume in 2014
16.12.14 Liverpool Airport welcomes Blue Air link
16.12.14 easyJet announces three new destinations from Bristol Airport
16.12.14 Monarch launches new ski route from Gatwick Airport to Lyon
16.12.14 AEGEAN increase UK routes in Summer 2015 including a new direct route to Heraklion, Crete
16.12.14 easyJet launches Aberdeen to Geneva flights
16.12.14 Smartphone tech firm TheAppBuilder flying high after Heathrow software wins award
16.12.14 Louis Vuitton boutique is latest high-end shop to open at Heathrow Terminal 5
15.12.14 Air chaos: Vince Cable accuses Nats of poor investment
15.12.14 Aviation sector set for $7bn fuel saving in 2015
15.12.14 Inquiry launched into London air space closure
15.12.14 UK airlines and operators hit by further Belgian strike
15.12.14 London City Airport staff seize Nutella jars from pregnant mum because chocolate spread posed terror risk
15.12.14 Gary Gatwick makes Christmas plea to find the parents who abandoned him
15.12.14 Ryanair adds new Stansted service to Deauville
14.12.14 Nats: computer failure behind London airport chaos was unprecedented
14.12.14 Blackpool Airport reopens to small aircraft
14.12.14 Councils give their views on plans to double passenger numbers at Stansted Airport
14.12.14 Scots airports affected by London computer failure
14.12.14 MP calls for NATS chief to be stripped of bonuses
14.12.14 £3.5m Manchester Airport security overhaul will process '800 passengers an hour'
14.12.14 Aberdeen cabbies want new fee for airport drop-offs
13.12.14 London airspace shuts after 'computer failure'
13.12.14 Flight disruption: Air traffic glitch 'not seen before'
13.12.14 Luton and Stansted airports face worst disruption over Christmas with more than half of flights delayed
13.12.14 Gatwick Airport to review new flightpath after pressure from campaigners
13.12.14 Blackpool Airport back in business
13.12.14 Airbus might discontinue A380
13.12.14 Key facts about London's 5 airports
13.12.14 Iberia to fly from Edinburgh and Manchester airports
13.12.14 Liverpool airport-bound easyJet plane makes emergency diversion
13.12.14 Flybe to cancel Birmingham - Waterford service
13.12.14 Football fan hides fireworks in underwear before Bristol Airport flight
13.12.14 Holiday Inn Express & Crowne Plaza Aberdeen Airport 'topped out'
13.12.14 easyJet announce new routes from Luton Airport for under £40!
13.12.14 Take a look inside the British Airways A380 super jumbo jet
12.12.14 Busiest ever November at Gatwick
12.12.14 Heathrow derides Gatwick as ‘good for holidays’
12.12.14 Heathrow reports record November
12.12.14 Heathrow earnings up but drop forecast in 2015
12.12.14 Flights scrapped ahead of Italy general strike
12.12.14 Success of Glasgow Airport welcome but potential of Prestwick must also be realised
12.12.14 Extra London flights help boost passenger numbers at Glasgow airport
12.12.14 Scotland's three main airports report November passenger growth
12.12.14 Edinburgh Airport gears up for festive season with 10 million milestone within reach
12.12.14 UK airports named and shamed over Christmas delays
12.12.14 Airports Commission to hold Gatwick expansion consultation event
12.12.14 Thanet councillors reject Manston Airport compulsory purchase
12.12.14 Flybe to open new base at Bournemouth Airport
12.12.14 Gatwick investing in self-service bag drop, next-generation security and new e-gates
12.12.14 Startling Stansted statistics: the 60,000 kg of fries sold at the airport's Burger King are equal to the maximum landing weight of a Ryanair 737
12.12.14 British Airways jet lands safely at Heathrow after bang heard
12.12.14 iPhone 6 Plus takes to the skies as accessory for United Airlines flight attendants
12.12.14 Birmingham Airport welcomes Norwegian and trio of Spanish routes
12.12.14 End to free parking at Isle of Man airport
12.12.14 Police appeal after attempted theft at Manchester Airport
12.12.14 Aberdeen bypass: Airport junctions to open early
12.12.14 British Airways launches Greece flights from London City Airport
11.12.14 Scottish airports urge UK Government to 'act swiftly' to devolve Air Passenger Duty
11.12.14 Five separate YouGov polls show support for building new runway at Gatwick Airport over Heathrow
11.12.14 Manchester Airport aiming to double passenger numbers by 2036
11.12.14 Heathrow Hub plans to go on show at public meetings
11.12.14 Manchester Airport: The BIG Numbers
11.12.14 Air fares to drop 5% in 2015 - IATA
11.12.14 Police probing Aberdeen airport's role in torture flights to examine new CIA report
11.12.14 Ryanair celebrates 100,000th passenger from new Glasgow base
11.12.14 Boeing starts trials to turn tobacco into jet fuel
11.12.14 Monarch Group appoints new chief financial officer
11.12.14 Mechanical failure caused Guernsey plane crash
11.12.14 Flybe u-turn sees return of summer sun routes from Exeter
11.12.14 Delta passengers will soon have 5 fare options to choose from; sirline also unveils new cabins
11.12.14 easyJet to launch Fearless Flyer course in Newcastle
11.12.14 easyJet to add another three routes from Bristol Airport next summer
11.12.14 Six Stansted firefighters to receive life-saving honours after bringing collapsed colleague back from brink of death during football match
11.12.14 Air Canada reveals tightly configured B787-9
11.12.14 Qatar Airways postpones introduction of new A350
11.12.14 easyJet announce three new routes from Newcastle Airport
11.12.14 Flybe expands services out of Birmingham with two new routes

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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