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The Latest UK Airport News Stories:

19.08.14 Carlisle Airport redevelopment plan approved
19.08.14 Record July at Birmingham Airport
19.08.14 Passenger numbers up as Leeds Bradford Airport cuts losses by 39%
19.08.14 Good news for Exeter Airport as growth continues
19.08.14 Lack of hub airport investment ‘eroding’ economic health – Heathrow
19.08.14 UK manufacturers want new infrastructure authority
19.08.14 Stop Stansted Expansion questions NATS' claims over departure route switch
19.08.14 NATS wins two-year extension to Luton Airport contract
19.08.14 Ontario Teachers looks to add Bristol Airport to portfolio
19.08.14 British Airways readies for bank holiday rush
19.08.14 Aurigny to get plane for London City route
19.08.14 Gatwick defends family friendly initiative; says passengers not steeling pushchairs
19.08.14 New £8.3m bridge to improve Birmingham airport access
19.08.14 Ryanair now allows customers to pay for flights using PayPal
19.08.14 Engineering works mean Heathrow passengers face severely disrupted train journeys
19.08.14 Hawarden airport launches safety radio zone plan
19.08.14 Tunnels and locks for Heathrow expansion protesters
19.08.14 Mayday issued after bird collided with plane at Heathrow
19.08.14 Ryanair launches new route from Malta to East Midlands for Summer 2015
19.08.14 Hoax bomb alert on Ryanair Malta flight to Stansted
19.08.14 Qantas Aquire members get arrivals lounge access at Heathrow
18.08.14 Monarch Airlines to axe 1000 jobs as company restructures
18.08.14 Lastminute put up for sale by Sabre
18.08.14 Mole Valley MP Sir Paul Beresford joins the battle over aircraft noise
18.08.14 O’Leary’s steel behind Ryanair charm offensive
18.08.14 Finnair seeks pilot pay cuts as it posts profit warning
18.08.14 Manston Spitfire museum is one of county’s best
18.08.14 Holidaymakers still charged up to 41p a minute calling for travel info after Government crackdown
18.08.14 Judge brands County Durham dad 'not the sharpest flick knife in the box' for holiday weapons haul
18.08.14 Gatwick passenger in court accused of being drunk on plane and abusing cabin crew
17.08.14 Robin Hood Airport reopens after landing hitch
17.08.14 Ryanair steps in to fill Monarch routes at East Midlands Airport
17.08.14 Passport Office error lands couple airport 'nightmare'
17.08.14 Airport pram raiders: Passengers show gratitude for free baby buggies at Gatwick - by strolling off with most of them
17.08.14 Budget airlines received the fewest complaints last year (while Thomas Cook had an all time high)
17.08.14 PM's rescue mission pledge as aid leaves East Midlands Airport
16.08.14 Robin Hood Airport closed after aircraft landing incident
16.08.14 Sturgeon accused of delaying report on Prestwick Airport's future until after indy ref
16.08.14 East Midlands Airport sees earnings rise to £16.4m
16.08.14 Villagers celebrate end of Gatwick trial flight path
16.08.14 Virgin's Richard Branson cuts ties at Delta - in a good way
16.08.14 Plane takes off next to a tornado at East Midlands Airport
16.08.14 Crucial Cardiff Airport road link improvements move step closer
16.08.14 Unexploded bomb fear closes road into Gatwick
16.08.14 Heathrow expansion opponents face eviction from squat
15.08.14 Southampton Airport celebrates record breaking month
15.08.14 July passenger numbers up 6% at Manchester
15.08.14 Monarch to scrap East Midlands flights
15.08.14 Gatwick Airport flight path consultation 'misleading'
15.08.14 Heathrow is better for tourists than JFK ... says Big Apple's own tourism boss
15.08.14 Development work at Luton Airport to start in early 2015
15.08.14 Dublin to London air route is ranked second busiest international corridor
15.08.14 Manchester Airport on target for busiest summer since 2007
15.08.14 TUI expects 'very successful' financial year
15.08.14 Heathrow expansion debate in Sheffield
15.08.14 Thanet council begins search for airport partners
15.08.14 Gatwick bosses make Sevenoaks and Malling aircraft noise reduction promise
15.08.14 ‘Significant damage’ to Ryanair jet only discovered mid-flight
15.08.14 Man jailed for violent behaviour on easyJet flight
15.08.14 Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation for London City Airport
15.08.14 Spondon wind turbines tests to prevent East Midlands Airport radar interference
15.08.14 Banners opposing new Gatwick flight paths slashed to pieces
15.08.14 Airside Andy Play Pods check-in to Manchester Airport
15.08.14 Etihad to fly second daily A380 to Heathrow
15.08.14 Edinburgh Airport begins whiskey-flavoured festival
14.08.14 Stansted reports rise In passenger numbers
14.08.14 Council must ditch idea of buying Manston Airport, lobby group says
14.08.14 Edinburgh Airport bid to lure Glasgow passengers
14.08.14 Campaigners gear up for legal action over "flawed" Gatwick consultation
14.08.14 Heatwave blamed for record number of complaints about Heathrow noise
14.08.14 Pilot's artificial arm 'became detached while landing plane' at Belfast Airport
14.08.14 Monarch's new chief executive explains reasons behind business review
14.08.14 Video: Glasgow Airport arrivals transformed into loch-side woodland
14.08.14 Ryanair blames thunderstorms for delays
14.08.14 Monarch to end charter flights
14.08.14 Burling hails Thomson Boeing 787 investment
14.08.14 Iraq aid leaves East Midlands Airport
14.08.14 Cathay first half profits up despite 'challenging' environment
14.08.14 easyJet digitises cockpit maps
14.08.14 Airport firemen riding from Guernsey to Gatwick
14.08.14 Emergency crews called to Blackpool Airport
13.08.14 Record-breaking summer for Luton Airport
13.08.14 Gatwick consultation results show opinion divided on second runway
13.08.14 Bristol Airport announces next phase of development
13.08.14 Anger over Gatwick flight path trial
13.08.14 Flight paths from Stansted could change
13.08.14 Norwich Airport's giant step towards step free aircraft access
13.08.14 Scottish Government ‘looking very seriously’ at alleviating Aberdeen Airport congestion
13.08.14 Commercial flights plan for Hawarden airport dropped
13.08.14 Boom in demand for Eastern European flights from Doncaster
13.08.14 "Potential for big fire" put out near Gatwick after fuel tanker engine caught light
13.08.14 Regus Express opens for business at Heathrow Terminal 5
13.08.14 Jam tops London City Airport confiscation chart
13.08.14 Calgary-bound BA flight returns to Heathrow because of smoke
13.08.14 Jet2 announce new routes from Glasgow, Newcastle and Belfast
13.08.14 Grow Heathrow squatters to be evicted
13.08.14 Flybe to launch two new year-round routes to Amsterdam from London City and Manchester later this year
13.08.14 Stansted Airport Tourism Forum launched to boost inbound travel to region
13.08.14 London Taxi sculpture unveiled at Heathrow's Terminal 2
13.08.14 Two men charged after Border Force cocaine seizure at Bristol Airport
13.08.14 Thieves siphon £8.3m of fuel from Hampshire to Gatwick pipeline
13.08.14 BA and Vueling expand codeshare
13.08.14 Package holidays to Isle of Man from Doncaster airport
13.08.14 Gatwick employee suspended after being convicted of making indecent images of children
12.08.14 Norwegian helps Gatwick post passenger record in July
12.08.14 Busiest ever month in July at Heathrow
12.08.14 Heathrow and Gatwick renew battle over new runway
12.08.14 Edinburgh Airport breaks previous summer passenger records
12.08.14 Glasgow Airport records busiest July in six years
12.08.14 Aberdeen Airport sees 9.2% increase in July passengers
12.08.14 ACI World reports global traffic growth of 4.5% in June
12.08.14 Study finds airports failing to maximise passenger spending power
12.08.14 Gatwick accused of hiding ‘embarrassing’ opposition to second runway plan
12.08.14 Boss says Manchester airport is landing new opportunities for region
12.08.14 Travel spending rose in July reports Barclaycard
12.08.14 Air Berlin launches seat upgrade auctions
12.08.14 BA defends 'barking mad' in flight TV
12.08.14 East Midlands Airport launches new Escape Lounge
12.08.14 Belfast Flybe passenger given suspended sentence for swearing at air hostess
12.08.14 Indonesia's Garuda to fly from Gatwick
12.08.14 ‘Rat run’ fears over plans for two new Edinburgh Airport car parks
12.08.14 Airport-row Stanwell fights fresh Heathrow car park and incinerator plans
11.08.14 Monarch has Ryanair and easyJet in its sights
11.08.14 Trains to and from Gatwick cancelled and delayed over safety fears
11.08.14 Monarch confirms strategic review
11.08.14 Aberdeen flight cancelled due to torrential rain
11.08.14 Major roadworks near Bristol Airport for 23 weeks
11.08.14 Oversize expectations for the Airbus A380
11.08.14 New French airline challenges Air France business flights
11.08.14 'Disruptive' passenger forces London-bound Virgin flight back to Hong Kong
11.08.14 The bottom line - Airport World talks to two of the world’s leading airport seating companies
10.08.14 Gatwick plot to halt rival Heathrow derailed after plans left on train
10.08.14 Gatwick Airport flight path trial finishes after criticism
10.08.14 Iraq: British and US airlines among those to suspend flights over the conflict zone
10.08.14 Etihad seals Alitalia rescue deal with 49% stake
10.08.14 easyJet’s too pricy, I’ll take a private jet
10.08.14 Car ploughs into security barrier at Gatwick at nearly 50mph
10.08.14 Ayrshire College helps recruit next generation for British Airways
10.08.14 Terrorist training camp suspect arrested at Manchester Airport
10.08.14 PCSO slammed for conning Gatwick Airport passengers out of thousands of pounds
09.08.14 Union’s worries for staff over Southampton Airport sell-off plan
09.08.14 MP urges Gatwick to "go back to the drawing board" on noise and emissions consultation
09.08.14 Manston Airport: Why I shut it by owner Ann Gloag
09.08.14 Glasgow Airport is leading the way for short security queues
09.08.14 FAA bans US airline over Iraq due to conflict
09.08.14 Malaysian Airlines to be delisted for 'complete overhaul'
09.08.14 British Airways to stop flying in Iraq airspace
09.08.14 Bristol Airport owners 'looking to sell 50% stake'
09.08.14 Guernsey-Gatwick fares 'not profiteering' says minister
09.08.14 TUI reports majority of UK bookings online for first time
09.08.14 Strong Sterling hits SSP Group sales
09.08.14 Aircraft noise nightmare for southern Mole Valley after Gatwick route change
09.08.14 Book brings history of Shoreham Airport up to date
09.08.14 Calls for rail link to Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport
09.08.14 Ryanair extends Manchester 2014 winter schedule
09.08.14 Flybe launches new Birmingham to Berlin route
09.08.14 Manchester Airport and BA to hold charity fun run around the airport
09.08.14 Further flight cancellations due to Turkey's adverse weather
09.08.14 In-flight meals take off as airlines give more thought to food
09.08.14 Wizz Air boosts flights from Doncaster Airport
09.08.14 Gatwick announces short stay parking discount for Surrey residents
08.08.14 Heathrow expansion 'would threaten regional airports', claims Gatwick
08.08.14 Newcastle Airport denies claims it will be damaged by third runway at Heathrow
08.08.14 KPMG calls for 'clear and unambiguous' commitment on airport capacity
08.08.14 Boris Johnson's opposition to Heathrow could derail Uxbridge MP bid
08.08.14 Malaysia Airlines: State fund proposes takeover
08.08.14 Airport weapon check 'can be hacked'
08.08.14 Airlines 'must ditch cheap tickets' to hit green pledges
08.08.14 Delta ready to avoid Russian airspace
08.08.14 NATS: A glimpse of the future for air traffic control
08.08.14 Tui 'outperforming market' with strong Q3 performance
08.08.14 Sharp rise in parental fines for school-time holidays
08.08.14 Guernsey Airport landing and take off noise concerns dismissed
08.08.14 Carlisle Council spends £440,000 in airport row
08.08.14 Luton Airport retail revamp ahead of duty-free tender battle
08.08.14 Call for early completion of road improvements near Aberdeen Airport
08.08.14 Smugglers warned there are no hiding places as Border Force reveals details of contraband discovered at Leeds Bradford Airport
08.08.14 More details on road closures near East Midlands Airport over two-month period
08.08.14 Lancaster Bomber's visit to Durham Tees Valley airport sell out in three days
08.08.14 Ryanair's former COO and deputy MD Michael Cawley joins airline's board as NED
08.08.14 More parking boosts profits at East Midlands Airport
08.08.14 BA to trial pre-flight meal selection service
08.08.14 Order groceries on holiday... then pick them up at Gatwick
08.08.14 Ryanair celebrates carrying 5 million passengers to and from Malta
08.08.14 Manchester-bound Dreamliner jet forced to make emergency landing in the Azores after engine problem
07.08.14 London City Airport sets record passenger figure
07.08.14 East Midlands Airport profits 'better than before recession'
07.08.14 Guernsey States-owned Aurigny 'to break even by 2016'
07.08.14 Growth in passenger traffic and air freight, IATA reports
07.08.14 ACI Europe reports traffic rise of 5.5% for first half of 2014
07.08.14 Harriet Green hails Thomas Cook’s UK turnaround
07.08.14 easyJet v Ryanair: who is winning the battle for passengers?

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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