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22.10.14 Cardiff Airport's 'unfair boost' if air duty devolved rival Bristol says
22.10.14 New ad claims: Everyone can benefit from a new runway at Gatwick. Even Heathrow
22.10.14 Video: Planes wobble as they land at Manchester Airport
22.10.14 Ebola: US restricts airport arrivals from West Africa to 5 airports with screening
22.10.14 Cardiff Airport drop in passenger numbers prompts Tories' private ownership call
22.10.14 Lufthansa pilots warn of further strike action
22.10.14 High hopes for business growth at Southampton Airport
22.10.14 Stansted release new Corporate Responsibility report
22.10.14 Sky's the limit for Liverpool Airport; football fans to boost passenger numbers
22.10.14 Jackson leaves Monarch as Greybull nears takeover
22.10.14 Comment: Currency swings influence holiday bookers
22.10.14 Increase in flights between Stornoway and Glasgow
22.10.14 Jet2: New aircraft for East Midlands Airport
22.10.14 Emergency services called to Aberdeen airport following leak
22.10.14 Ebay extends British Airways partnership for another three years
22.10.14 Hurricane Gonzalo: Ryanair flight diverted to East Midlands Airport following heavy winds
22.10.14 British Airways adds Denver-London seats with swap of 777 to 747
22.10.14 Gatwick opens first dedicated business lounge
22.10.14 Online luggage and travel service launched at Heathrow
22.10.14 Passenger who suffered 'mini breakdown' must pay £800 for damage at Stansted passport control
22.10.14 Detroit Lions arrive at Gatwick for Sunday's clash with Atlanta Falcons at Wembley
21.10.14 Blackpool Airport’s failure cost £21m
21.10.14 Ebola screening begins at Gatwick
21.10.14 10% of Heathrow flights cancelled due to weather warning
21.10.14 Willie Walsh learned 'huge amount' from O'Leary, but they are not friends
21.10.14 Flight delay compensation 'on hold' until court case decision known
21.10.14 Councillor: Why we would support second Gatwick runway
21.10.14 Long haul Lufthansa flights grounded today
21.10.14 IATA reports passenger growth
21.10.14 Campaign launched over London City Airport flight path proposals
21.10.14 Extra police teams deployed at Gatwick Airport to stop people trafficking
21.10.14 Liberum names IAG, Ryanair and easyJet as top European airline picks
21.10.14 Guernsey Airport firefighters raise thousands for charities
21.10.14 What today's business traveler wants: ten findings from Virgin Atlantic
21.10.14 South African Airways prepares for move to Heathrow Terminal 2 tomorrow
21.10.14 BAE Systems to build £5m training academy at Humberside Airport, creating 150 jobs
21.10.14 Armed police called after furious passengers at Heathrow confront staff during 10 hour delay
21.10.14 Snoop Dogg touches down in Leeds on his birthday
21.10.14 Delta and Virgin to increase transatlantic capacity
21.10.14 Icelandair resumes service to Orlando
21.10.14 Furla partners with Harrods for Heathrow and Gatwick airport stores
20.10.14 Councillors under Heathrow flightpath unanimously agree to support the case for expansion at Gatwick
20.10.14 Lufthansa faces latest in series of strikes by pilots
20.10.14 Virgin Atlantic forced to fly Little Red domestic flights only a third full
20.10.14 Confidence over Monarch rescue as deadline looms
20.10.14 No switch to Gatwick if second runway approved, warns Delta
20.10.14 Ministers lend £10 million to Prestwick Airport
20.10.14 Rising consumer confidence reflected in holiday spending says Deloitte
20.10.14 Packed holiday jet's emergency landing because ''pilot was worried about being demoted''
20.10.14 Captain asks for volunteers to get off 'too heavy' Southend easyJet flight, but they get £250 compensation each
20.10.14 BA is set to use Dreamliner on Chennai route
20.10.14 Wolverhampton airport-bound plane 'hit bump and crash-landed'
20.10.14 British Airways expanding London-Tel Aviv service
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

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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