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24.04.15 London airport police to use surveillance drones for counter-terrorism operations
24.04.15 30 airlines queuing up to launch flights from Heathrow
24.04.15 Bristol Airport business fears hundreds of job losses if Wales given control of air passenger duty
24.04.15 How a Welsh airline could boost Wales as a business and tourism brand and support economic development
24.04.15 Council lobby Manchester Airport over possible increase in night time flights
24.04.15 Thomson Airways Stansted Dreamliner routes go on sale
24.04.15 Business travellers to benefit from Newcastle Airport’s US transatlantic take off
24.04.15 easyJet eyes higher-density A320
24.04.15 Flybe sizes up Prestwick to London flights
24.04.15 Thomson and First Choice increase capacity from Norwich Airport
24.04.15 Smiths Detection to provide security solutions to Luton Airport
24.04.15 easyJet announce new Greek destination from Liverpool Airport
24.04.15 BA to fly A380 daily to Singapore
24.04.15 Hotel boss at Hilton Gatwick Airport running for award
24.04.15 Bristol Flying Centre becomes first in Europe to gain Citation M2 type training capability
24.04.15 North-East offered Heathrow advertising
24.04.15 CTC Aviation becomes BA's exclusive A320 conversion training partner
24.04.15 SapientNitro named British Airways' digital lead agency
24.04.15 Heston MP candidate secures £7.5m schools insulation deal if Heathrow expands
23.04.15 Belfast International Airport calls for air passenger duty rethink
23.04.15 Enterprise zone at Blackpool Airport could stall before take off
23.04.15 'Shakespeare's Airport' could help Birmingham crack US market
23.04.15 Ryanair announces three new routes Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports
23.04.15 Norwegian expands routes as troubles continue
23.04.15 Gatwick rail capacity to 'double'
23.04.15 Aer Lingus 'never agreed Belfast International Airport deal'
23.04.15 easyJet takes delivery of its 250th Airbus aircraft
23.04.15 El Al to move to Heathrow Terminal 4
23.04.15 TAM to switch Heathrow terminals
23.04.15 Bristol to be allocated a ‘listening out’ squawk from end of May 2015
23.04.15 Liverpool Airport Prague link put back to June
23.04.15 Vintage KLM DC-3 flight takes off from Leeds Bradford Airport
23.04.15 Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport flying high after Scottish Hotel Awards
23.04.15 Heathrow's 3000 power sockets make it Europe's gadget-friendly airport
23.04.15 Flybe launches new flights from Southampton
23.04.15 Europe welcomes easyjJet’s esaag Charter for disabled passengers
23.04.15 Airlines add mood lighting to chill passengers out
23.04.15 easyJet charged passengers £10 for proof that their flight was cancelled
23.04.15 Avianca to offer daily flights to Colombia from Heathrow
23.04.15 Virgin to launch Detroit service in June
23.04.15 European airlines compete to release apps for first apple watch
23.04.15 British Airways and Avios develop Apple Watch apps
22.04.15 Lib Dems oppose all airport expansion
22.04.15 Uttlesford Lib Dems call for end to night flights from Stansted Airport
22.04.15 Aer Lingus in court over alleged breach of contract with Belfast airport
22.04.15 Harmondsworth takes stand against Heathrow's third runway plans
22.04.15 Ryanair passengers allowed to walk through passport control without checks at Manchester Airport
22.04.15 Blue skies ahead as new routes launch at Leeds Bradford Airport
22.04.15 Prestwick Airport to install new security scanner
22.04.15 Luton to open new flagship duty free store
22.04.15 Starbucks open Edinburgh Airport alcohol cafe
22.04.15 Eye Airports launches campaign to help travellers trace lost luggage at Gatwick
22.04.15 Heathrow Airport delivers noise insulation
22.04.15 Teenager arrested after a series of laser pen attacks on planes in Glasgow
22.04.15 Stansted Airport set to open new Aerozone learning facility
22.04.15 Virgin to fly B787-9 to Chicago
22.04.15 Norwegian adds Puerto Rico to low-fare network from Gatwick
22.04.15 KWB appointed to market Diamond House at Birmingham Airport
22.04.15 New route to Gran Canaria introduced at Aberdeen Airport
21.04.15 Flights diverted at Manchester airport as drone sighted over runway
21.04.15 'Cardiff Airport may no longer be on life support, but it’s certainly on benefits... it needs a life plan'
21.04.15 More flights out of East Midlands Airport
21.04.15 Belfast International nets Wizz Air to Vilnius flights
21.04.15 Long haul routes from Stansted to Florida and Mexico confirmed for summer 2016
21.04.15 Thomson and First Choice introduce new flights from Newcastle International Airport
21.04.15 Birmingham Airport hotel to get Marco Pierre White restaurant
21.04.15 Plane lands safely at Aberdeen Airport after emergency
21.04.15 Manchester passengers to get Dreamliner flights to Caribbean island
21.04.15 Passenger "endangered" lives on Glasgow flight
21.04.15 The sky’s the limit for budding engineers at Norwich airport
21.04.15 Qatar Airways adds second A380 from Heathrow
21.04.15 Luton Airport to open new store selling Chanel and Burberry goods later this year
21.04.15 SSP UK opens The Spinning Jenny’s Brew House at Manchester Airport
21.04.15 Norwich International Airport announces Cyprus flights
21.04.15 Hotel fly guys are brought down to earth with a bump over Glasgow Airport car park
21.04.15 Beumer / Crisplant awarded baggage handling systems contract at Heathrow
20.04.15 Dubai airport chief backs Heathrow runway expansion
20.04.15 Jettisoning airline is as good as clipping public's wings
20.04.15 Heathrow screens rate taxi and train services into London
20.04.15 Police force taxi drivers caught loitering for customers to leave Gatwick
20.04.15 Pilot arrested at Heathrow for possession of knives
20.04.15 Flights from Norwich to Cardiff begin today
20.04.15 Tested: British Airways Dreamliner business class
19.04.15 Emirates tips Birmingham Airport to have a strong decade as it launches new flight
19.04.15 Heathrow third runway 'like having a dial-up connection to the Internet of Things' says Mayor of London transport adviser
19.04.15 Heathrow’s pollution strategy will “transfer air quality problems to other areas”
19.04.15 Candidates clash over Gatwick Airport plans
19.04.15 Ryanair told again to cut Aer Lingus stake as IAG lines up bid
19.04.15 Only two booked to fly from Anglesey to Norwich but island airport is booming
19.04.15 First charter flights at Liverpool John Lennon Airport in seven years
19.04.15 New 5km tunnel into Heathrow will 'relieve Paddington', developer claims
19.04.15 Airlines slash routes to Moscow in latest sign of Russia's growing isolation
19.04.15 New technology helps reunite travellers with lost luggage at UK airports
19.04.15 Right wing Nigel and left wing Ed star in cheeky Ryanair campaign
19.04.15 Edinburgh Airport appoints new head of commercialisation
19.04.15 Bank of China issues 2.8 bln yuan loan to BA
19.04.15 Boro kick off two-year Leeds Bradford Airport deal with exclusive offers for fans
19.04.15 Schedule changes for Flybe Southampton - Channel Islands flights
19.04.15 easyJet to launch five new destinations from Bristol
19.04.15 Flights from Birmingham to Caribbean as Thomson and First Choice expands
19.04.15 Heathrow appoints Red, Hope & Glory and Cow to consumer PR roster
18.04.15 easyjet announcement ‘vote of confidence’ in Belfast Airport - Kelly
18.04.15 Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'
18.04.15 Pollution could make Heathrow Airport expansion 'undeliverable', report finds
18.04.15 Ryanair will fight order to slash its Aer Lingus stake
18.04.15 Ryanair has released a campaign to celebrate its 30th anniversary
18.04.15 Man caught with 15k cigarettes at Edinburgh airport
18.04.15 New Premium Economy seats go on Air Canada route from Heathrow to Vancouver
18.04.15 Work begins on new west Edinburgh train station
17.04.15 Southampton airport reports double-digit growth
17.04.15 Ombudsman announced for air passengers
17.04.15 Noise warning as Edinburgh Airport flight path changes
17.04.15 Aer Lingus sale moves closer as deal for Heathrow slots edges towards resolution
17.04.15 Passengers 'can hijack cockpit from a laptop' warn security experts
17.04.15 Iberia and BA leave AEA in clash over gulf carriers
17.04.15 Gatwick Airport goes paperless to streamline ID pass operations
17.04.15 Ryanair boss slams European Commission's 'incompetence'
17.04.15 Qantas risks large fines, losing slots at Heathrow for late A380s: internal memo
17.04.15 Emirates responds to passenger demand for more flights to Gatwick Airport
17.04.15 Here's why Ryanair flights may get even cheaper
17.04.15 Luton to Gibraltar added to Monarch winter schedule
17.04.15 Bristol Airport taxi firm get five-year deal
17.04.15 260 years' worth of experience at Thistle Aberdeen Airport Hotel
17.04.15 Ryanair steward steals passenger’s camera; victim catches him on eBay
17.04.15 Stansted Airport scored a success with over 500 job seekers at employment fair
17.04.15 Gatwick Airport CIO continues cloud take off
17.04.15 Hackney cab drivers call on Gatwick ‘to be fair’
17.04.15 Rio Olympics puts South America in the spotlight with lack of flights from Heathrow
17.04.15 First independent lounge coming to Heathrow T5
17.04.15 Glasgow Airport secures Lithuania service
17.04.15 Gatwick Airport worker was crushed by truck
17.04.15 Virgin Atlantic Cargo offers deliveries to over 50 airports in Europe with new Jan De Rijk contract
17.04.15 Veterans project will flourish after cash boost Glasgow FlightPath Fund
17.04.15 British Airways to increase number of seats to Ibiza for winter months
16.04.15 O'Leary calls for new runways at three UK Airports
16.04.15 London's businesses back Heathrow for new runway over Gatwick
16.04.15 Manifestos aren’t great news for travel
16.04.15 Gatwick Airport targets west London with flyers warning of Heathrow noise
16.04.15 Controversy as Welsh Government-owned Cardiff Airport pays some staff the minimum wage
16.04.15 Turbulence is uncomfortable but it can't hurt you
16.04.15 Hopes for resumption of direct New York flights from Bristol Airport
16.04.15 Ryanair and Aer Lingus have locked horns once again on Twitter
16.04.15 Glasgow Airport responds to fuel leak
16.04.15 Ryanair joins Instagram four years after British Airways and easyJet
16.04.15 Wizz Air plans new Glasgow to Vilnius route
16.04.15 Football fan sang on plane tannoy and forced evacuation of Aberdeen Airport
16.04.15 British Airways starts meditation initiative on flights
16.04.15 Turkish Airlines adds new daily Heathrow service
15.04.15 Heathrow "fails to demonstrate it can grow quietly”
15.04.15 Virgin Atlantic outlines Aer Lingus deal concerns to European Commission
15.04.15 World's most reliable airlines (and their scores)
15.04.15 easyJet's iOS app is now your personal guide to Gatwick
15.04.15 Airbus spools up customer service effort for A350
15.04.15 Gatwick Airport delivers half-a-million leaflets to local homes
15.04.15 Call for Zac Goldsmith to withdraw candidacy over Heathrow pledge
15.04.15 BA flights on Mumbai-London route suffer two diversions after mid-air snags
15.04.15 Cadbury unwraps Dairy Milk gift pack personalisation at Stansted and Heathrow
15.04.15 Manchester Airport drug smuggler swallowed 72 bags of cocaine and then 'produced' them during questioning
15.04.15 British Airways takes off with new cabin crew apprenticeship scheme
15.04.15 Accor has opened a new 184-room Mecure hotel at Heathrow Airport
15.04.15 easyJet cabin crew stop off at Academy to promote speaking a second language
15.04.15 Swiss Eyewear Group secures Virgin Atlantic listing with DFASS
14.04.15 Heathrow and Gatwick report record passenger numbers
14.04.15 Gatwick says passenger surge underlines need for new runway
14.04.15 Mixed fortunes for Scotland's three main airports in March
14.04.15 Manchester Airport break all-time passenger record
14.04.15 Stansted Airport sees a million extra passengers in first 3 months of 2015
14.04.15 London announces applicants for Regional Air Connectivity Fund
14.04.15 Stansted achieves 10th consecutive month of double-digit growth
14.04.15 Historic milestone’ at Belfast Airport as easyJet confirms expansion
14.04.15 Luton passenger numbers fly ahead of £100m expansion
14.04.15 Liverpool Airport says 'we will talk to anyone' as Gatwick announces £20m fund
14.04.15 SSP opens Bar 11 amid redevelopment of Newcastle Airport
14.04.15 easyJet flight from Gatwick makes emergency landing after pilot smells smoke in cockpit
14.04.15 Jet2 flight from Edinburgh declares emergency
14.04.15 Glasgow Airport sky's the limit for good causes
14.04.15 Manchester Airport chaplaincy boost as team gets six new members
14.04.15 Japan Airlines switches Heathrow T3 check-in provider
14.04.15 Two men arrested after Gatwick - Mexico flight forced to divert to Bermuda
14.04.15 PIA hostess held at Heathrow airport for smuggling cell phones
14.04.15 New Singapore Airlines lounge at Heathrow T2
14.04.15 Virgin to launch air4 passenger service system in partnership with Delta
13.04.15 Pilot saved flight after it was struck by lightning
13.04.15 Stansted in it for the long haul
13.04.15 Airlines defiant over 48-hour French ATC strike
13.04.15 Halfords finance chief appointed by easyJet
13.04.15 West Midlands must forget tribal rivalries says Birmingham Airport chief
13.04.15 Brick thrown at train window by travelling between Manchester Airport and Glasgow
13.04.15 Virgin faces legal action over 33-hour flight delay
13.04.15 Thomson holiday jet diverted to Manchester Airport after developing technical fault
12.04.15 Edinburgh Airport passengers delayed by ‘shambolic’ security
12.04.15 Internet scammers con British holidaymakers out of £2.2m
12.04.15 Prestwick Airport plays major role in Europe’s largest military exercise
12.04.15 Merseyside Police set to raise awareness at Liverpool Airport
11.04.15 Luton Airport responds to demand with £100m redevelopment plan
11.04.15 'It's got to be Gatwick' - Airport boss says there is only one choice for runway expansion
11.04.15 Gatwick steps up runway fight with Heathrow with £20m domestic flight fund
11.04.15 Manchester Airport cashing in on turbulence at London rivals
11.04.15 Manston Airport campaign gets 'double boost' from government
11.04.15 Busiest time so far this year for Exeter Airport
11.04.15 Emirates to fly second A380 to Gatwick
11.04.15 Network Rail progresses plans for Heathrow western spur tunnel
11.04.15 Jam, Marmite, Nutella and beans most confiscated food items at London City Airport
11.04.15 Ryanair expands winter programme from Leeds Bradford
11.04.15 Fury as Virgin Atlantic 'nightmare' flight from Las Vegas to Gatwick is delayed 33 hours
11.04.15 Finnair to fly first A350 service to Heathrow in October
11.04.15 Drunken trio arrested and removed from plane at Bristol Airport
10.04.15 Manchester Airport breaks its all-time passenger numbers record
10.04.15 Gloves off as Gatwick CEO says Heathrow expansion problems would be "off the scale"
10.04.15 Heathrow wants to grow and rebalance the British economy
10.04.15 French air traffic controllers plan further strike action
10.04.15 Large oil reserve found near Gatwick Airport
10.04.15 easyJet monthly traffic statistics for March 2015
10.04.15 Manchester seeks Beijing, Mumbai flights as 9 year record falls
10.04.15 Exciting times on the horizon for Glasgow Airport
10.04.15 Loganair carries almost 650000 passengers in 2014
10.04.15 Ryanair probe after passengers entered cockpit before descent 'giggling and taking photos'

There is a lot happening at UK airports at the moment. Heathrow, now the worlds second busiest international airport (it is overtaken by Dubai in 2014) with 73.4 million passengers in 2014, received Government backing for a new runway (and sixth terminal), but this changed in 2010 by the next Government. It opened 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 38 million passengers in 2014 was sold in 2009 by BAA to GIP. Both want a new runway with a decision expected in 2015 after the next general election..

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 and Luton look set to grow in 2015. 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 and has grown rapidly since. 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, if 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 (now owned but the Welsh Government), 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, but failed to deliver with two - Blackpool and Manston - closing in 2014 (Blackpool has since reopened for small planes). Other smaller airports could struggle and shut in 2015.

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