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17.09.14 Public mood shifts towards favouring more airport capacity
17.09.14 Heathrow claims results of new survey of 95 MPs means third runway is 'politically deliverable'
17.09.14 Budget airlines feud over top spot in Scotland
17.09.14 Chamber calls for unified midlands airports strategy
17.09.14 Pollution concerns raised at Heathrow expansion plans meeting
17.09.14 Wealden MP Charles Hendry slams Gatwick CEO over runway expansion plans
17.09.14 Flybe swaps jet order for smaller regional turboprops
17.09.14 Thomas Cook profit expectations and transformation 'on track'
17.09.14 Why IAG stock has fallen 8% in 2014
17.09.14 US airlines spend a quarter less on food for passengers since 9/11 attacks (at $3.62 each, it's no wonder people complain)
17.09.14 Three girlfriends turn up at Luton Airport to confront boyfriend after discovering he cheated on them all
17.09.14 Ryanair looks at possible tech, retail-industry purchases
17.09.14 Crashed private helicopter was en route to Humberside airport
17.09.14 Heavy London fog causes delays at Aberdeen and Edinburgh airports
17.09.14 Sign at Edinburgh Airport bans ‘death stars’
17.09.14 London City hit by delays and cancellations
17.09.14 Student admits to bomb hoax on easyJet flight at Gatwick
17.09.14 Heathrow Express extends partnership with Avios to include Iberia Plus
17.09.14 BA Dreamliner makes Calgary debut
17.09.14 Norwegian to add Gatwick Orlando to schedule
17.09.14 BA to upgrade IFE system and refresh 747 cabins
16.09.14 Stansted is fastest growing London airport
16.09.14 “Dublin Airport Now Eating Heathrow’s Lunch”
16.09.14 Scottish referendum: ‘Yes’ vote would end APD in Scotland
16.09.14 Ryanair committed to Liverpool Airport and vows to return to growth
16.09.14 More doubts raised over Virgin Little Red's survival
16.09.14 Stop Stansted Expansion calls for flight path changes to be grounded
16.09.14 Gatwick campaigners have chance to meet council aviation chief in Tunbridge Wells this week
16.09.14 Strike hits 52% of Air France flights
16.09.14 Lufthansa pilots to strike today over retirement plan changes
16.09.14 Malaysia Airlines flight turned back due to autopilot fault
16.09.14 Thomas Cook introduces premium long haul service
16.09.14 Prices of long-haul flights from Scotland slashed as airlines compete
16.09.14 Southampton Airport welcomes 200,000 passengers in August
16.09.14 Tight squeeze! Thomas Cook, Thomson and Ryanair among Europe's stingiest airlines for hand luggage limits (and Iberia is the most generous)
16.09.14 Chancellor George Osborne: Direct flight from Manchester to mainland China is a step closer
16.09.14 Canadian Lancaster 'momentarily' leaves runway at Humberside Airport
16.09.14 Pensioner slams Liverpool Airport's 'aggressive' parking policy
16.09.14 Cyprus Airways flights to Larnaca return to Stansted Airport
16.09.14 Former air stewardess gets suspended sentence after assaulting BA crew
15.09.14 Heathrow seeks 20-year landing charge deal
15.09.14 Planning system 'too democratic' says London City Airport chief Declan Collier
15.09.14 Wealden MP's fury at Gatwick’s £250m sweetener
15.09.14 Ukraine missile evidence 'not shared with airlines'
15.09.14 Gatwick suggests appointing independent trustee to ensure it honours its promises if second runway is built
15.09.14 Ryanair's €17bn bid to rule the skies
15.09.14 Air France schedule slashed as pilots start strike
15.09.14 Gatwick expansion debate planned in Crawley
15.09.14 O'Leary wants Ryanair to fly transatlantic within 5-10 years
15.09.14 Tui directors agree terms of merger with German parent
15.09.14 Virgin Atlantic's cabin crew complain new uniform is too tight
15.09.14 Blackpool Airport’s package holidays taking off
15.09.14 US accuses BA of hazardous shipment
14.09.14 UK visa rules hampering BA expansion in China, says Walsh
14.09.14 Emirates boss suggests Malaysian MH17 tragedy could have been avoided
14.09.14 Hundreds step up to plane pull challenge at Bournemouth Airport
14.09.14 Man charged with driving prostitute to work at Gatwick hotel
14.09.14 Transgender BA pilot flying high with positive reaction after announcing change to a woman
13.09.14 Another record month for Bristol Airport
13.09.14 Lydd Airport appoints ex-Manston CEO as new boss
13.09.14 Virgin's Branson says flight ban would hurt Russia most
13.09.14 Interview with IAG's Willie Walsh
13.09.14 easyJet to air TV ads with Hugh Laurie to lure business flyers
13.09.14 British airlines offering most legroom revealed ... with BA top and Ryanair third
13.09.14 Operators voice fears after Virgin cuts routes
13.09.14 Video: Farewell Sea Vixen: historic plane leaves home at Bournemouth Airport
13.09.14 Wizz Air flying high at Doncaster Airport
13.09.14 Heathrow drafts in extra staff as baggage handlers strike
13.09.14 Flying heroine Amy Johnson helped Luton Airport take off
13.09.14 New Heathrow aviation college opens at Northwood
13.09.14 Two northbound lanes on M1 shut after accident near East Midlands Airport
13.09.14 Denmark's Sun-Air confirmed for Hamburg - London City flights
13.09.14 Lufthansa unveils premium economy across long-haul fleet
13.09.14 Two years in jail for Iraqi man who smuggled women through Stansted Airport
13.09.14 Drivers to Gatwick urged to allow extra time due to M23 roadworks
13.09.14 New buses to transport passengers from the car park to terminal at Luton Airport
12.09.14 Busiest month at Stansted in four years; 7.2% passenger number rise
12.09.14 Gatwick has busiest-ever month in August
12.09.14 Key gateways in Scotland report summer traffic rise
12.09.14 Travel Weekly Special Report: Heathrow's T2 launch 'has been a triumph'
12.09.14 Europe’s big airlines no longer want to fly in Europe
12.09.14 Glasgow Airport celebrates best summer for six years
12.09.14 Britain in talks on introducing US pre-clearance at airports
12.09.14 Air France warns on pilots' strike
12.09.14 Overseas trips up but spending down in year to July
12.09.14 Phase 2 of Stansted transformation - enhanced retail and new ePassport gates
12.09.14 British Airways to reap SNP tax benefit from Scottish 'Yes' vote
12.09.14 Complaints over increases in noise and aircraft is due to summer flights – says Luton Airport
12.09.14 Runway at East Midlands Airport closed after fuel leak
12.09.14 Cabin crew member hurt after severe turbulence on flight to Belfast City Airport
12.09.14 City airport beats London rivals in visitor survey
12.09.14 Flybe signs Finnair codeshare deal
12.09.14 Manchester Airport to target Midlands and Yorkshire passengers
12.09.14 Fresh round of cost-cutting signalled by Air France-KLM
12.09.14 Air France-KLM to invest €1bn in low-cost brand
12.09.14 BA to up flights to Miami and Cape Town
12.09.14 Edinburgh Airport hopes for Ryder Cup boost
12.09.14 Bristol Airport tenders retail opportunities amid terminal expansion
12.09.14 Aer Lingus to drop Shannon - Manchester route
11.09.14 Manchester Airport soaring towards having its busiest year ever
11.09.14 Heathrow figures add up to record August
11.09.14 Gatwick's new push for expansion despite fears of labour shortage
11.09.14 UK visitors 'underwhelmed' by London airports
11.09.14 Passengers rise at MAG airports
11.09.14 Virgin Atlantic’s Little Red still struggling to fill more than half of its seats as UK domestic market stops shrinking
11.09.14 Contingency plans in place for Heathrow strike tomorrow
11.09.14 Transport infrastructure demands at heart of Stansted Airport expansion debate, Herts County Council
11.09.14 'Extreme care' should be taken over proposals to change Stansted Airport departure routes, local council says
11.09.14 More records set at Bristol Airport as passengers jet off on summer holidays
11.09.14 Ryanair takes delivery of first new Boeing aircraft
11.09.14 Households near London City Airport are 'in the dark' on potential flightpath changes
11.09.14 Ryanair says selling more seats per flight this year
11.09.14 Blackpool airport sale won't affect Manx flights
11.09.14 Drop in IOM passengers to Gatwick 'expected'
11.09.14 Holiday Extras inks new parking deal with Glasgow Airport
11.09.14 Virgin pilots hit turbulence to avoid bad weather, injuring 9 passengers and one crew member
11.09.14 Eastern Airways launch Norwich - Aberdeen air service
11.09.14 Manchester Airport jobs boost as Ryanair announces new routes
11.09.14 Fears over ancient woodland with Gatwick expansion plans
11.09.14 Ryanair to replace ‘garish’ yellow on jets with ‘smiley people’
11.09.14 British Airways to bring new A380 to San Francisco
11.09.14 Ryanair launches summer flights from Liverpool
11.09.14 Lanes on M23 between Gatwick and M25 to be shut for 2 months overnight
11.09.14 Australian police leave explosives in suitcase
11.09.14 Ryanair to fly 28 routes out of Bristol next summer, including increased flights to Budapest
11.09.14 Manchester Airport staff ban photographer's lens-cleaning device from flight 'because it looked like a hand grenade'
10.09.14 AOA: Time ministers delivered on airport policy
10.09.14 6,000 homes built around UK airports
10.09.14 Luton Airport suspicious object 'had cables and power sources'
10.09.14 UK airports demand Government support to cut noise and emissions
10.09.14 Luton Airport evacuated over pair of hair straighteners
10.09.14 Boris 'should reimburse taxpayers for airport campaign'
10.09.14 Heathrow 'chaos' looms amid Unite pay dispute
10.09.14 Russia threatens to close airspace to western airlines
10.09.14 Heathrow ground handler strike set for Friday
10.09.14 Firearm and alcohol seizures double at UK airports
10.09.14 Lufhansa strike hits thousands of passengers
10.09.14 Virgin Atlantic reveals Dreamliner deployment
10.09.14 Monarch pilots to be balloted on proposed pensions reform
10.09.14 Squeezing eight more people on board will give passengers 'more' room, claims Ryanair
10.09.14 Ryanair launches new Mediterranean flights from Birmingham
10.09.14 Fire crews attend chemical incident near Edinburgh Airport
10.09.14 Heathrow adorned with North East beauty spots
10.09.14 Music festival takes off in support of Manston Airport
10.09.14 SAS moves to Heathrow's Terminal 2
10.09.14 Aeroflot celebrates Manchester United 'official carrier' anniversary with club legend Bryan Robson
10.09.14 Cathay Pacific first class upgrade guide
10.09.14 Ryanair considers adding Liverpool Champions League flights
10.09.14 BA passenger flies 18,479 miles in five days for Gold card
09.09.14 Suspect package at Luton airport causes chaos for passengers
09.09.14 Airlines count cost of Luton airport closure
09.09.14 Airport chiefs slam Lib Dem no expansion pre-election manifesto
09.09.14 Birmingham Airport records busiest ever month
09.09.14 Dubai threatens Britain's supremacy with $32bn mega-hub airport
09.09.14 Ryanair commits to order 100 737 MAX aircraft with options on a further 100
09.09.14 Luton Airport suspect package destroyed in controlled explosion
09.09.14 Ryanair promises more leg room after $22bn Boeing order
09.09.14 Formula 1 boss's fury over Heathrow aircraft noise
09.09.14 ACI Europe reports 4.6% traffic rise in July
09.09.14 easyJet diverts flights to Stansted, Southend and Birmingham following security alert at Luton Airport
09.09.14 Aberdeen-Heathrow flights face the axe
09.09.14 Quick Liverpool Airport stop for elderly couple leads to £60 parking fine
09.09.14 Aberdeen flights cancelled after Luton bomb scare
09.09.14 Qantas cancels Heathrow A380 flights due to weak demand
09.09.14 Pilots could be forced to wear visors due to health scare
09.09.14 Eastern Airways offers new timings on flights from Leeds Bradford
09.09.14 Norwegian agree Gatwick lounge deal with No.1 Traveller
09.09.14 Rick Astley to perform at Manchester Airport for Teenage Cancer Trust
09.09.14 Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush check in Gatwick passengers for Garuda Indonesia airline
09.09.14 CCTV released of two men after Manchester Airport hotel guest fleeced of £2000
09.09.14 Judge criticises BA for exposing trustees to court costs
08.09.14 Virgin's Little Red tipped to close
08.09.14 Captain Jock’s napkin plan ready for Heathrow take-off
08.09.14 Survey finds support for Heathrow expansion among MPs
08.09.14 Boeing, Ryanair to make major fleet announcement today
08.09.14 Ryanair vow to keep flying from Prestwick
08.09.14 Virgin Atlantic has moved out of recovery phase, says chief
08.09.14 The question we've always wanted to ask flight attendants, answered
08.09.14 Air France-KLM reports August upturn
08.09.14 Gatwick runway closed after Air China flight CA852 performs emergency landing
08.09.14 Thousands welcome return of Scottish Airshow to Ayrshire
08.09.14 British Airways gives its jumbos a makeover
08.09.14 Balfour Beatty to sell Blackpool Airport
08.09.14 Mercedes AMG F1 Car Hits 310km/h at Edinburgh Airport
07.09.14 Air traffic-controllers strike: Hundreds of flights grounded across Europe
07.09.14 Stansted Airport capacity plans could create 10,000 new jobs
07.09.14 Alderney Airport grass runway drainage work completed
07.09.14 Aerohub business park at Newquay Airport to gain £6m investment
07.09.14 Extra traffic around today Prestwick Airport for Scottish Air Show
07.09.14 Virgin cancels Tokyo, Mumbai services
07.09.14 Controversial parking scheme at Liverpool Airport to continue
07.09.14 Manchester bound Thomson flight forced to divert to France after medical emergency
06.09.14 Prestwick Airport flights down to one a day
06.09.14 NATS controllers at Gatwick Airport break own world record

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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