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The Latest UK Airport News Stories:

25.10.14 Heathrow Airport expansion essential, says Virgin’s Richard Branson
25.10.14 Move over JR Ewing: oil discovered near Gatwick airport
25.10.14 Term time v holiday time: the prices
25.10.14 Sir Richard Branson bites back in Virgin Atlantic spat with British Airways rival
25.10.14 Stansted reports 66% reduction in carbon footprint
25.10.14 Lonely Planet? CAA survey reveals almost half fly alone and few get waved off
25.10.14 Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary signs for five more years
25.10.14 European leaders agree to long-term energy and climate change targets
25.10.14 flynas suspends all long-haul flights including its Gatwick routes
25.10.14 Plea over plans to sell Blackpool Airport assets
25.10.14 Spanish travel agent eDreams plunges after Iberia and BA halt ticketing
25.10.14 Oil worker jailed for Aberdeen Airport bomb hoax
25.10.14 Ryanair forced to change website after Consumer Agency intervention
25.10.14 Virgin launch new route from Gatwick to Georgia, USA
25.10.14 New Exeter to London flights welcomed
25.10.14 Aer Lingus Regional begins service to Leeds Bradford Airport
25.10.14 Wizz through your Christmas shopping at new Edinburgh Airport toy pod
25.10.14 Airport Chauffeurs London pulls up at London City Airport
24.10.14 RiverOak partners in Kent for Thanet council talks on Manston Airport
24.10.14 Extra Gatwick runway 'could cause gridlock' on M25
24.10.14 Council leaders defy government term-time holiday crackdown
24.10.14 Heathrow flight path testing not behind airplane complaints
24.10.14 Flights to Italy disrupted by strike
24.10.14 Qantas back in the black after record losses
24.10.14 Jet2 parent reports improved summer trading
24.10.14 Passenger arrives in Newark with suspected Ebola
24.10.14 Half-term getaway fares soar to record levels
24.10.14 Gatwick Airport half-term congestion alert
24.10.14 Chinese airline bids to boost UK-Beijing connections
24.10.14 South African Airways makes a song and a dance about new home at Heathrow Terminal 2
24.10.14 Virgin Atlantic unveils Dreamliner in bid to revive lost glories
24.10.14 Cake launches #FlightDecks campaign for new Virgin Atlantic 787
24.10.14 Transaero to switch Heathrow terminals
24.10.14 Dundee Airport boosted by Ryder Cup private jet flights
24.10.14 Plan for 2000 homes near Edinburgh Airport
24.10.14 Minister demands answers after Durham Tees Valley airport drops safety-related objections to wind turbines after striking £10,000 deal with developer
24.10.14 Gatwick drives Norwegian passenger growth
24.10.14 BA unveils three-week premium seat sale
24.10.14 How many beans are served in your breakfast? 30 most bizarre hotel requests revealed
24.10.14 British Airways Boeing 737 lands at Cranfield University
24.10.14 Ryanair launches new parking partnership with MAG at East Midlands, Stansted & Manchester
24.10.14 British Airways to launch flights from Gatwick to Egypt
23.10.14 Work begins to transform terminal at Aberdeen Airport
23.10.14 Gatwick Airport boss: We need Northern Ireland's support for second runway
23.10.14 Ryanair could launch holiday brand 'within five years'
23.10.14 East Midlands freight hub 'will destroy area', residents say
23.10.14 Wow Air announces £99 transatlantic flights from Gatwick - with a stop in Iceland
23.10.14 TTG Interview: Kenny Jacobs on raising Ryanair's game
23.10.14 Leeds Bradford Airport may treble passenger numbers
23.10.14 A compelling market: the future of Birmingham Airport
23.10.14 Gatwick reveals top October half-term destinations
23.10.14 On the Beach claims 'significant' rise in October half-term bookings
23.10.14 One in four Americans fears travel because of Ebola, poll shows
23.10.14 TAP faces crew strike over contract violations
23.10.14 Norwegian sees third quarter profit slump
23.10.14 Flybe links City Airports – Belfast and London
23.10.14 Watch: Planes coming into land at Newcastle Airport in high winds
23.10.14 Edinburgh MSP demands competition on Heathrow route
23.10.14 Bournemouth Airport based engineering firm lands multi-million dollar business jets contract
23.10.14 DHL depot at East Midlands Airport delivers the goods from dusk to dawn
23.10.14 Boeing raises profit forecast
23.10.14 Boeing and COMAC partner to turn cooking oil into jet fuel
23.10.14 Lufthansa in advanced talks to sell its IT unit to IBM
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

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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