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03.03.15 Southend airport passenger numbers hit 1.09 million
03.03.15 Campaign group calls for fresh review over plans for flight path changes from Stansted Airport
03.03.15 'Chemical Incident' near Prestwick Airport
03.03.15 easyJet axes Newcastle to Gatwick service despite strong interest from northerners
03.03.15 Malaysia Airlines' flights to London under threat
03.03.15 Liverpool Airport fears loss of North Wales passengers after possible tax changes
03.03.15 Manchester flight to Belfast abandons landing because of snow on runway
03.03.15 SAS transfers an additional slot-pair at London Heathrow
03.03.15 Bournemouth Airport expands senior property team
03.03.15 Bristol Airport welcomes National Express service
03.03.15 Another driver gets stuck on tram lines - Manchester Airport route
03.03.15 Virgin Atlantic engineers piloting Sony’s SmartWatch 3 & SmartEyeglass
03.03.15 Emergency exercise to tak place at Manchester Airport
03.03.15 £16m Heathrow taxiway contract awarded
03.03.15 £16m business jet flies in to Leeds Bradford
03.03.15 British Airways sent a special Boeing 777 to Shanghai
03.03.15 Lion City operator moved into Manchester Airport nearly 30 years ago
03.03.15 No seat selection for BA EC hand baggage only fares
03.03.15 Cycle route around Manchester Airport
02.03.15 APD devolution threatens 'massive complexity' warn airlines
02.03.15 British authorities foiled ink cartridge plot to bring down two planes 'after tip-off obtained from torture'
02.03.15 Travel's 'fab five' named among best companies to work for
02.03.15 British Airways soars in battle of the brands
02.03.15 Stansted Airport business fair to be bigger and better than before
01.03.15 Flights diverted around UK after mystery power failure at East Midlands Airport
01.03.15 Cardiff Airport plans must not threaten jobs in Wales, warns Plaid
01.03.15 Stansted could see long-haul flights to America and the Middle East by next year
01.03.15 Air around Heathrow exceeds EU pollution limits
01.03.15 Heathrow boss praises North East's role in airport expansion debate
01.03.15 Flights delayed and cancelled amid Inverness Airport chaos
01.03.15 BA denies 'paying £1m compensation to staff over claims it spied on their email and phone messages during union dispute'
01.03.15 British Airways ends transport of goods from Lebanon
01.03.15 What happens when a passenger dies on a plane?
01.03.15 Shoplifter admits stealing sunglasses and earrings at Gatwick Airport
28.02.15 North East airports could benefit from local cut in APD, Ministers suggest
28.02.15 Liverpool airport boss voices Welsh APD concern
28.02.15 Strong growth at Southampton Airport in 2014
28.02.15 Prestwick airport's government rescue plan criticised
28.02.15 Flight delay ruling opens way for compensation payments
28.02.15 BA owner IAG reports soaring profits
28.02.15 IAG boss Willie Walsh hails 'fantastic' results
28.02.15 BA spying scandal: How the world's most famous airline spied on its own staff
28.02.15 Ryanair seeks to revamp image to be more like Aldi
28.02.15 Bristol Airport welcomes opportunity to make case against APD being devolved to Wales
28.02.15 SAS nets $22 million from Heathrow slot sale
28.02.15 FlyBe aircraft circled Inverness Airport for an hour over runway issue
28.02.15 Emergency crews practice response to plane crash at Bournemouth Airport
28.02.15 Ryanair is caught fooling passengers with £3.50 online quiz that is impossible to win
28.02.15 Transport Minister unveils £7.1m search & rescue base at Humberside Airport
28.02.15 DHL shrugs off threat from Heathrow Hub to move forward with new Poyle headquarters that will create over 700 new jobs
28.02.15 Air France to compensate passengers stranded on plane at Manchester Airport for seven hours
28.02.15 Eye Airports unveils world-first advertising screen at Stansted Airport
28.02.15 LoungeBuddy and No.1 Traveller partner to offer instant mobile airport lounge bookings
28.02.15 Virgin Atlantic encourages potential travellers to 'Let it fly' with personalised web and mobile experience
28.02.15 Google Flights tool improved for people 'not sure where they want to go'
28.02.15 Humberside Airport parking revenue surges with AeroParker programme
28.02.15 Cat at Manchester Airport survives 30 mile motorway journey trapped in engine of a car
28.02.15 Giraffe lands at Stansted Airport
27.02.15 Airports report will fail to come up with long-term strategy, warns Justine Greening
27.02.15 Bristol Airport investment plans could take its passengers to 10 million a year
27.02.15 Vince Cable to head up cross-party rally against Heathrow third runway
27.02.15 Retail space to double at London Luton Airport after £100m investment
27.02.15 The Queen's Terminal named Airport of the Year
27.02.15 SE airports growth can boost Liverpool John Lennon Airport
27.02.15 New York taxi travels to Newcastle Airport as more flights to the Big Apple announced
27.02.15 Airbus A380 for Glasgow-Dubai route not ruled out
27.02.15 Heathrow-Philadelphia will be a 'challenge', says Delta boss
27.02.15 Leeds Bradford Airport bus to go all day
27.02.15 Couple refused entry to plane at Belfast Airport because of 'tatty passpoert'
27.02.15 Heathrow lured to Draghi’s Euro as pound bond sales slip
27.02.15 Two extra flights a week from IOM to Glasgow Airport
27.02.15 'Pitch' yourself at the London Heathrow Marriott hotel
27.02.15 Man arrested at Heathrow Airport after failing to pay Dumfries fine
27.02.15 BA launches first and business class sale
27.02.15 Sobell patients get gift of TVs from Heathrow community fund
26.02.15 Newcastle Airport future under threat if Scottish taxes are slashed, transport minister admits
26.02.15 Aberdeen Airport grows by 8.4% in 2014; Flybe is top airline in terms of weekly seats; steals crown from BA
26.02.15 Heathrow tells Commission it will have a “neutral” effect on community cohesion
26.02.15 The value of a Heathrow slot
26.02.15 Durham Tees Valley Airport looks to improve
26.02.15 Airlines enticed to Humberside Airport by 'steady growth'
26.02.15 Secret £9.7m city council loan was earmarked for Norwich International Airport
26.02.15 Row erupts over Carwyn Jones' decision to fly to the US via London and not Cardiff Airport
26.02.15 Aberdeen Airport co-owner reports growing profits and revenue
26.02.15 BA extends ‘Carousel Collection’ baggage service to all domestic passengers at London City
26.02.15 Bristol airport will offer a choice of airlines to Paris from April when bmi regional begins flying to Charles de Gaulle
26.02.15 Victoria's Secret arrives in Scotland with new Glasgow Airport store
26.02.15 Garuda to fly London-Amsterdam-Jakarta daily
26.02.15 Briggsamasco installs first class roof at Aberdeen Airport
26.02.15 KFC has another attempt at opening drive through at Gatwick
25.02.15 GTMC demands 'swift' action on airports post-election
25.02.15 New Heathrow runway permission 'cannot be bought'
25.02.15 'Aer Lingus Heathrow slots worth less than €500m' - incoming boss Kavanagh
25.02.15 Changes to Gatwick flightpaths over Reigate and Redhill delayed
25.02.15 'Ryanair could be feeder for long-haul Aer Lingus flights'
25.02.15 Campaigners call London City Airport flight plan ‘arrogant and unresponsive’
25.02.15 Government pledges help to see Manston reopened at meeting of Transport Select Committee
25.02.15 Audit report says Prestwick Airport needs further state help
25.02.15 UK Aviation Minister visits Bristol Airport and views development plans
25.02.15 Panoramic viewing gallery reopens to public at Belfast International Airport
25.02.15 Fuel hedges bite back at Europe’s low-cost carriers
25.02.15 Cardiff airport could compete with Bristol for long-haul flights, according to report on devolution's impact on the West of England
25.02.15 Stansted rail snub revisited
25.02.15 Manchester airport opens Changing Places suites for disabled people
25.02.15 Passenger jet struck by lightning as it approached Glasgow Airport
25.02.15 British Embassy apologises for ‘distress’ caused to Omani girls detained at Stansted Airport
25.02.15 Emirates A380 forced to abort landing at Manchester Airport due to windy weather
25.02.15 Shannon-Heathrow passengers down 9pc
25.02.15 McDonald's applies for planning permission for new store between Gatwick Airport and Horley
25.02.15 Long delays to Gatwick Airport on M23 after serious crash
25.02.15 Brett Martin checks in the light at Heathrow T2a
24.02.15 Heathrow and Gatwick bosses debate expansion
24.02.15 Scottish government 'vindicated' over Prestwick airport
24.02.15 Pauline Cafferkey under investigation with 4 doctors and nurses over Heathrow screening
24.02.15 East Midlands Airport: Best year for cargo freight
24.02.15 Aer Lingus to 'vigorously' defend claim for damages from Belfast International Airport
24.02.15 Prestwick Airport taxpayer bailout doubles to £40m
24.02.15 'Full' Heathrow hikes earnings in busiest year ever
24.02.15 Heathrow 'losing passengers' to rival airports, warns boss
24.02.15 Reigate and Banstead's stance on Gatwick second runway plan
24.02.15 Long haul boosts Aer Lingus profits
24.02.15 Prestwick Airport sale 'could take years', says Audit Scotland
24.02.15 Fresh move to save Durham Tees Valley airport's future
24.02.15 Mystery plane circling Hampshire skies for hours
24.02.15 Manchester Airport traffic disruption - M56 closure Feb 27th to March 2nd
24.02.15 Minicab drivers start backlash against Leeds Bradford Airport parking fee rise
24.02.15 Motorist's victory over Humberside airport parking ticket
24.02.15 Citywing do it again with more Glasgow fights for the summer
24.02.15 Flybe in plane leasing agreement with Scandinavian firm
24.02.15 Humberside Police helicopter 'Oscar 99' to stay flying for at least 18-months
24.02.15 Petition launched to save police helicopter base at Durham Tees Valley Airport
24.02.15 Heathrow, Slough and Grundon agree deal on keeping incinerator in Colnbrook
24.02.15 Councillors asked to back idea to rename Heathrow Airport after Sir Winston Churchill
24.02.15 Colchester logistics firm descends into Heathrow
24.02.15 Heathrow agrees extra £27m to plug pension scheme’s £300m deficit
24.02.15 American Airlines plane makes emergency landing at Heathrow after windscreen cracks mid-flight
23.02.15 'Tougher airport checks' call after IS girls flee
23.02.15 Third Runway could be pushed back 15 years as air quality figures deliver major blow to Heathrow
23.02.15 Aer Lingus trade unions change stance on BA-owner's takeover
23.02.15 British Ebola nurse placed under investigation over Heathrow screening
23.02.15 Heathrow split runway expansion proposal in patent row
23.02.15 Air France flight from New York to Paris diverted into Manchester to 'avoid crew going over flight hours'
23.02.15 Schoolgirls who flew from Gatwick, thought to be heading to Syria, are "smart and determined"
23.02.15 Go wild for Doncaster airport charity drive
22.02.15 East Sussex councillor brands council's arguments for a bigger Gatwick "weak"
22.02.15 easyJet adds almost 70,000 extra seats on routes from Edinburgh Airport
22.02.15 Passengers could have to foot bill for Aberdeen airport drop-off charge
21.02.15 How will the election result affect UK air passengers?
21.02.15 Irish minister says IAG offer for Aer Lingus stake not yet persuasive
21.02.15 No guarantee of flights at Blackpool Airport until deal is agreed
21.02.15 Coroner writes to British Airways and regulator over cabin air concerns
21.02.15 Monarch Airlines chief on flying high with Yorkshire expansion
21.02.15 City businessman says Dundee’s airport future lies with Edinburgh
21.02.15 Heathrow expansion bid suffers air pollution blow
21.02.15 Punctual Flybe spots opportunity in rail dissatisfaction
21.02.15 Anger over rise in Leeds Bradford Airport drop-off fee
21.02.15 West Anglia task force looks to improve London - Stansted Airport connections
21.02.15 Manston loses search and rescue service
21.02.15 Police helicopter base at Bournemouth Airport to stay
21.02.15 Durham Tees Valley Airport police helicopter base to shut, aircraft could move to Newcastle
21.02.15 East Midlands Airport to become hub for police planes and helicopter
21.02.15 Plane makes emergency landing at Aberdeen Airport
21.02.15 Man charged with smuggling after border staff seize two kilos of cocaine at Manchester Airport
21.02.15 New hi-tech premium seating on Singapore Airlines flights from Manchester and London
21.02.15 Losing Heathrow flights Shannons own fault
21.02.15 Fury as problem parkers abandon cars in East Grinstead and head to Gatwick on holiday
21.02.15 Fire causes Aberdeen airport hotel to be evacuated
20.02.15 UK flight passengers numbers more than double since the 90s
20.02.15 Gatwick Airport expecting almost 1 million passengers in just 10 days
20.02.15 “Larger, fuller, quieter planes” gave Heathrow a record January … but 30% of seats remain empty
20.02.15 Pollution forecast clouds Heathrow expansion hope
20.02.15 Let's back Heathrow and Gatwick for expansion, South Wales Chamber tells Welsh businesses and politicians
20.02.15 Blackpool Airport: Tickets on sale for passenger flights
20.02.15 easyJet changes cabin bag policy – but could it have a negative effect on the passenger experience?
20.02.15 MP wants to rename Birmingham Airport as 'Shakespeare International'
20.02.15 Stansted Airport will be the first UK Starbucks to offer alcohol and meals
20.02.15 easyJet, Ryanair and Dart see share prices soar
20.02.15 TV maker seeks travellers who pass through Liverpool John Lennon Airport
20.02.15 Edinburgh Airport safety concerns at plan to add more turbines by A92 in Fifehttp
20.02.15 Bristol Airport adds three more European city flights to its expanding route network
20.02.15 Ryanair taps Vodafone for paperless cockpits and hi-tech in-flight sales
20.02.15 Drivers should avoid M56 weekend closure
20.02.15 Planning permission granted for £15m speculative logistics hub at Manchester Airport
20.02.15 New Sunday flight from Heathrow to Berlin
20.02.15 Ryanair ‘not interested’ in Eurolot routes
20.02.15 Metrolink delays after another driver ends up on tram tracks on new Manchester Airport line
20.02.15 Heathrow's website and app utilises minicabit booking solution
19.02.15 Aer Lingus sale: Boss says airline 'vulnerable' if it's not bought by IAG
19.02.15 University chief backs plan for new Heathrow runway
19.02.15 Caterham councillor hits out at Tandridge council's 'secrecy' over Gatwick Airport
19.02.15 Flights diverted and firefighters ‘hosing down plane’ at Aberdeen Airport
19.02.15 easyJet announces new route to Tunisia from Stansted Airport this summer
19.02.15 Veteran RAF 'bizjets' get new lease of life as apprentice trainers
19.02.15 Iraqi Airways to start Manchester services
19.02.15 Woman arrested at Heathrow on suspicion of terrorism offences
19.02.15 Aigburth woman smuggled thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes and tobacco to feed her 80-a-day habit
19.02.15 Rail performance and Luton Airport expansion to be discussed at meeting tomorrow
19.02.15 Bmi Regional to launch three new Bristol routes
19.02.15 easyJet flies to Funchal from Manchester
19.02.15 British Airways is looking for a few good pilots
19.02.15 Second cabin bag for easyJet Plus passengers
19.02.15 Three months of roadworks starting around Bristol Airport
19.02.15 Monarch has put next season’s ski flights on sale, including its new routes from Gatwick to Geneva and Innsbruck
19.02.15 vindicated over 'swear word' ad
19.02.15 British Airways launches film to promote Kuala Lumpur route
18.02.15 Record January for Birmingham Airport
18.02.15 Aer Lingus hit with £40m damages claim by Belfast International airport
18.02.15 Transatlantic flights continue despite cancellations in US
18.02.15 HACAN says no to a third runway at Heathrow
18.02.15 Parliamentary hopeful vows to continue fight against Heathrow expansion
18.02.15 Southampton Airport celebrates 'best service' award
18.02.15 UK beats Germany for amount of air tax raised
18.02.15 Survey says Ryanair is the UK’s fourth most hated brand, but the airline isn’t bothered
18.02.15 Which airports offer the world's best customer service?

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.

These are interesting but challenging times for UK airports. Keep up to date with all of the latest developments at


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