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19.10.14 Delta: Airlines will always fight for space at Heathrow over Gatwick
19.10.14 Manston Airport protest held as Thanet talks continue
19.10.14 Manchester bound passenger jet in near miss with 'person-shaped' object
19.10.14 Ryanair revs up its Irish headquarters with custom-made jet engine table
19.10.14 No plans for Ebola screening at East Midlands Airport
18.10.14 Ebola screening extended to Manchester and Birmingham airports
18.10.14 Worst Airports of 2014: Luton names amongst worst regional airports
18.10.14 Second Gatwick runway ‘the way to go’
18.10.14 Bmi Regonal says travellers shunning Heathrow and Gatwick
18.10.14 Ryanair sees plenty more growth within Europe
18.10.14 Liquidators appointed for Blackpool airport firm
18.10.14 Liverpool experts lead UK Ebola fight - but warn airport screenings may not be enough to stop virus
18.10.14 Airline stocks fall on Ebola worries but are fears overblown?
18.10.14 Jamaica next to ban travellers from Ebola-affected countries
18.10.14 Ebola: Obama rules out West Africa travel ban
18.10.14 IATA forecasts 7.3 billion air travellers a year by 2034
18.10.14 More than 1,000 people turn out to meeting over Heathrow flight path noise
18.10.14 London City Airport denies flawed flightpaths consultation claim
18.10.14 easyJet hails Jumio tie-up as app scanning tech takes off
18.10.14 Frequent flying linked to piling on the pounds
18.10.14 Gatwick to London rail capacity to double by 2020
18.10.14 Heathrow Airport plots luxury showcase as ‘next stage for T5’ takes shape
18.10.14 Tui tops carbon reporting and transparency index
18.10.14 Owner of Cheapflights gets £80m injection from US private equity fund
18.10.14 Greater Anglia says new train services between Stansted Airport and Cambridge are on track
18.10.14 Edinburgh Airport £25m retail expansion unveiled
18.10.14 Dog found at Belfast City Airport after two-month disappearance
18.10.14 Jet2 plane engine fails over the Atlantic flying from Glasgow to Tenerife
18.10.14 British Airways plans Dreamliner service to Montreal
18.10.14 Man, 40, with cut wrists found in Gatwick Airport toilet
17.10.14 Ferrovial and Macquarie acquire Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton
17.10.14 Video: Blackpool Airport runway is still lit but will anyone be cleared for take-off again?
17.10.14 Ryanair aimed to kill off rival easyJet with Aer Lingus buy
17.10.14 Americans avoid air travel as Ebola spreads
17.10.14 St Lucia bans travelers from Ebola-hit countries
17.10.14 Air France passenger suspected of having Ebola
17.10.14 Villagers quiz Heathrow Airport officials over flightpath trials
17.10.14 When I joined Ryanair it was a complete mess - Howard Millar, outgoing CFO
17.10.14 New owners of Manston Airport donate land to Spitfire Museum
17.10.14 Walsh confident of new Dublin route to London City Airport
17.10.14 BA blunder sees flights to Leeds linked with Leeds Castle - in Kent
17.10.14 Jail for angler who shone laser into cockpit of Birmingham bound flight
17.10.14 Pieter Elbers appointed as president and chief executive of KLM
17.10.14 Air update: Virgin Atlantic's first stretched version of Dreamliner arrives at Gatwick
17.10.14 Route cutbacks lead to fall in Isle of Man air traffic
17.10.14 Two arrested after heroin seized at Isle of Man airport
17.10.14 Emergency services called to Aberdeen airport after helicopter crew reports issue
17.10.14 Air Transat to start Newfoundland service from Gatwick next summer
17.10.14 Cross your legs as toilets are out of action on Ryanair flight from Stansted to Cork
17.10.14 Royal Brunei signs deal with BA
17.10.14 Face Matters makes inroads in travel retail with Virgin Atlantic listing
17.10.14 Dublin man charged over cocaine seizure at Heathrow
16.10.14 Blackpool Airport closes after last flight
16.10.14 AOA calls for help to smaller airports as Blackpool shuts
16.10.14 MPs call for improved rail links to south-east airports
16.10.14 IAG CEO Willie Walsh: 'I have no designs on Aer Lingus'
16.10.14 'Give us a share of Stansted passenger duty': Calls for devolved powers to Essex
16.10.14 Cardiff and Bristol 'should cooperate on Severn region'
16.10.14 Gatwick promises 'best in class' rail services
16.10.14 Poor transport links costing passengers at Leeds Bradford Airport, transport minister admits
16.10.14 London City Airport urged to contact residents whose homes could soon be under a flight corridor
16.10.14 Pilots' strike forces Germanwings to cancel flights
16.10.14 Leeds Bradford among fastest growing airports in the country
16.10.14 Ebola crisis: Heathrow Airport screening extended to terminals two and five
16.10.14 Amadeus’ merchandising platform to unlock $130bn in airline revenues
16.10.14 Flybe ‘soft’ launches London City virtual base; up to 18 daily flights across seven destinations planned
16.10.14 Jobs boost as £10m Robin Hood Airport eco office scheme gets green light
16.10.14 New £7m hotel at Humberside Airport to create 60 jobs
16.10.14 British cabin crew to become Etihad 'flying butlers'
16.10.14 British Airways pairs music to meals to make in-flight food taste better
16.10.14 UAE nationals spend the most at Heathrow
16.10.14 easyJet expands UK-Amsterdam services
16.10.14 Blue Air adds second route from Liverpool
16.10.14 Heathrow Express to take bookings in euros and dollars
16.10.14 Taxi bus operator clashes with Arriva and airport officials at Liverpool Airport
16.10.14 Hounslow scouts earn aviation skills badge at Heathrow
15.10.14 Blackpool Airport's last flights before closure
15.10.14 Passenger numbers soar at Manchester Airport
15.10.14 Ebola virus screening at Heathrow blasted 'a complete joke'
15.10.14 Blackpool Airport owner should have done more, says council
15.10.14 Council predicts 'bright future' for Blackpool Airport
15.10.14 Japan's ANA issues Heathrow expansion warning
15.10.14 Ebola isn't a problem for airlines but delays from Ebola scares are
15.10.14 Ebola scare at Glasgow Airport
15.10.14 Anger over Blackpool Airport closure as staff face job losses
15.10.14 Glasgow Airport keeps attracting more passengers
15.10.14 Blackpool Airport's highs and lows recalled as it closes
15.10.14 Manchester Airport to screen passengers for Ebola if threat of disease rises
15.10.14 Airports support EU coordinated response on Ebola
15.10.14 Ebola: disruption expected at Heathrow as screening starts
15.10.14 Air France KLM axes services following pilots' strike
15.10.14 Ethiopian to fly B787 to Los Angeles via Dublin
15.10.14 Etihad on track to achieve strongest ever annual results
15.10.14 FTSE 100 edges higher again as BA owner IAG benefits from oil price slide
15.10.14 AA, BA CEOs bullish on transatlantic demand
15.10.14 Ryanair CEO talks travel... and thermal undies
15.10.14 Stansted urges public to have their say on airport’s future growth
15.10.14 Boeing begins production of first 737 MAX parts
15.10.14 Public panic as easyJet plane and RAF fighter jet circle Liverpool
15.10.14 East Midlands Airport's website has technical glitch - gives location as Birmingham
15.10.14 O'Leary backs Prestwick but hits out at tax
15.10.14 New Monarch flights introduced at Leeds Bradford airport
15.10.14 22 million texts sent and 500,000MB of data used as 19 million flyers use mid-air mobile service
15.10.14 Teesside entrepreneur Chris Musgrave spearheading £1 billion Kent Airport scheme
15.10.14 Recruitment drive for new special constables to help police Gatwick trains
15.10.14 Fire crews scrambled to Leeds Bradford Airport to reports of plane in trouble
14.10.14 War of words between Heathrow and Gatwick escalates as both fight for extra runway
14.10.14 Heathrow to start screening for Ebola today
14.10.14 Virgin Atlantic stymied by lack of Heathrow slots, Branson says
14.10.14 Busiest September on record for Heathrow
14.10.14 Gatwick records 19th successive month of growth
14.10.14 Stansted flying high as September passenger numbers break records
14.10.14 Traffic booming at Scotland's two principle airports
14.10.14 Internet of Things-driven airports must be helpful, not creepy
14.10.14 Spanish airport operator Aena takes over the reins at Luton
14.10.14 Heathrow boss renews calls for airport expansion as freight business grows
14.10.14 Council spent Blackpool Airport sale cash on roads
14.10.14 Blackpool Airport closure: BAE Systems offers to help aviation operators
14.10.14 New action group fights Gatwick Airport flight path changes
14.10.14 Durham MP calls for Ebola screening at Newcastle Airport
14.10.14 Ebola screening set to be introduced at Birmingham Airport with 10 cases predicted in UK within weeks
14.10.14 Gatwick Airport expected to screen for Ebola by the end of next week
14.10.14 New Metrolink line to Manchester Airport to open on November 3 – a year ahead of schedule
14.10.14 Germany blocks Etihad / Air Berlin codeshares
14.10.14 Belfast International Airport lands business jet deal
14.10.14 Conservatives attack Welsh Government over use of Cardiff Airport for overseas trade missions
14.10.14 Islamic State: £250K seized at Manchester Airport and other north-west ports
14.10.14 US flight attendants' bid to reinstate mobile phone ban rejected
14.10.14 EasyJet launches app with passport scanner
14.10.14 Thomas Cook flight in emergency landing after 'creaking like mad'
14.10.14 Regus Express at Birmingham Airport open for business
13.10.14 O'Leary tells Scotland: Scrap flight tax and we’ll double passengers
13.10.14 Ebola: Airport screening 'won't make a difference'
13.10.14 Gatwick top travel company in Sunday Times list
13.10.14 Monday Interview: Michael O’Leary, Ryanair
13.10.14 Luton Airport planning to change flight paths for departing aircraft
13.10.14 Would you scan your fingerprint at airport check-in for shorter lines? Alaska Airlines' new push
13.10.14 Air France Strike Boosts easyJet Profits by £5m
13.10.14 Jet2 Manchester flight turns back after problem with door
13.10.14 Heathrow Express cuts prices
12.10.14 PM defends Ebola screening decision
12.10.14 Richard Branson’s domestic airline dream dies, but BA rivalry lives on
12.10.14 East Midlands Airport Gateway would generate 7,000 new jobs
12.10.14 Gatwick to give people £3,000 for insulation and double glazing to cut noise
12.10.14 Flight test: Fokker a joy to fly over London
12.10.14 Man caught with stash of weapons at Norwich airport has sentence cut
12.10.14 Warning as alien mussels found near Heathrow airport
12.10.14 Hop along to eighth annual Heathrow Beer Festival
11.10.14 Gatwick Airport hasn't been told about UK Ebola screening measures, officials say
11.10.14 Leeds Bradford Airport could double in size by 2030
11.10.14 Global passenger traffic for August up 5.3%, ACI reports
11.10.14 Blackpool Airport bosses defend decision to continue to charge 'development fee'
11.10.14 Hundreds of jobs on offer as airport employers line up at Stansted fair
11.10.14 Hopes for better access to Leeds Bradford Airport
11.10.14 Virgin Atlantic receives first Dreamliner
11.10.14 Heathrow welcomes Qatar Airways A380
11.10.14 Belfast Airport receives welcome award
11.10.14 World Duty Free Group reveals vibrant new retail arena at Glasgow Airport
11.10.14 Holidaymaking families send 200 social updates a week
11.10.14 East Midlands Airport cabs fail checks
11.10.14 Staff at Manchester Airport car park assaulted in violent early morning robbery
11.10.14 Emergency crews requested as helicopter lands at Aberdeen Airport
11.10.14 Bristol Airport opens fire training facility
11.10.14 Manchester Airport has stopped charging £1 for liquid bags - but you still pay a quid for a trolley
11.10.14 World Duty Free Group opens redeveloped East Midlands Airport store
11.10.14 Cocaine worth £90,000 seized by border force at Stansted airport
11.10.14 Plane packed with passengers forced to make emergency landing at Heathrow after being struck by lightning
10.10.14 Ebola screening to start at Gatwick, Heathrow and Eurostar terminals
10.10.14 Blackpool Airport: Talks under way to secure a future for the facility
10.10.14 "Don’t politicise airport expansion: Heathrow is the only option for a global UK"
10.10.14 Gatwick’s take-off plan is backed by Edinburgh boss
10.10.14 Five U.S. airports to step up ebola screening, include JFK and O'Hare
10.10.14 Airline cabin cleaners walk off jobs over Ebola fears at New York airport
10.10.14 Air France strikes to cost airline £393m
10.10.14 Newcastle Airport workers call for greater protection as Ebola fears rise
10.10.14 Passengers say Blackpool Airport closure 'sad news'
10.10.14 Ryanair launches flight updates Twitter account
10.10.14 Glasgow Airport gears up for busy October getaway
10.10.14 Meeting on Heathrow Airport flight trials to take place at Ascot Racecourse
10.10.14 Airlines increase capacity from Scottish airports for 2015 summer season
10.10.14 Europe looking good for half -term hols as sterling climbs against euro
10.10.14 Investors should book into Ryanair and IAG, says Bank of America Merrill Lynch
10.10.14 Cardiff Airport selects Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Common Use Self Service kiosks
10.10.14 Bmi to offer more flights next summer
10.10.14 Air traffic controllers criticised after RAF jets in 'near miss' with passenger plane
10.10.14 Guernsey Air Route Survey results released
10.10.14 Meet Cardiff Airport's new arrival... a giant ostrich
10.10.14 Ryanair sues former pilot over remarks on 'Mayday! Mayday!' documentary
10.10.14 KLM release video to celebrate 95-year anniversary
10.10.14 Flybe switches frequent flyer programme to Avios
10.10.14 Passenger was 'disruptive' after downing a bottle of vodka during flight to Liverpool
09.10.14 Blackpool closure highlights regional airports’ struggles
09.10.14 Ryanair’s next three ‘primary’ airport bases discovered
09.10.14 Call for Ebola screening at airports

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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