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23.04.16 Passenger numbers on the up at East Midlands Airport
23.04.16 Stansted Airport to unveil £600m upgrade plan
23.04.16 Holidaymakers cite safety as key issue when booking
23.04.16 Luton airport makes the leap from laughing stock to global transit hub
23.04.16 Brexit would strengthen case for Heathrow expansion, says airport boss
23.04.16 Heathrow enjoys strong start to 2016
23.04.16 Heathrow calls for Cameron's backing after revealing Q1 figures
23.04.16 Stelios says would veto any easyJet takeover of Monarch
23.04.16 easyJet eyes bid for fellow Luton-based Monarch Airlines
23.04.16 Video flashback: Watch passengers at Luton Airport in 1974 complaining at the lack of facilities
23.04.16 Monarch aircraft jobs at risk at Manchester Airport
23.04.16 Liverpool Airport forecasts passenger growth as easyJet launches Winter 2016 schedule
23.04.16 Ryanair push into eastern Europe set to heighten Wizz rivalry
23.04.16 £2m of taxpayers’ money used to pay for Norwich Airport’s new radar
23.04.16 Arrival of Dreamliner marks dawning of new age for Bristol Airport
23.04.16 Wizz Air to begin flights from Gatwick
23.04.16 Norwegian cuts low season losses
23.04.16 EasyJet to recruit 450 pilots
23.04.16 Heathrow expansion group told by ASA not to repeat claim about local support
23.04.16 Gatwick Airport launches direct flights to Chinese city of Chongqing
23.04.16 Direct Birmingham to China flights to start in July
23.04.16 Bollywood film crew take over Prestwick Airport to film latest blockbuster Tum Bin 2
23.04.16 Intruder barged his way through security gate at Glasgow Airport and wasn't discovered until he tried to board a plane
23.04.16 Middle-East fishermen help push Newcastle Airport exports beyond £300m
23.04.16 joins new European airline lobbying group
23.04.16 Newcastle aircraft management company acquires Leeds flight training facility
23.04.16 Engineering jobs could be lost at Luton Airport say Unite - but Monarch disputes comments from union
23.04.16 'Drone' that hit British Airways jet above Heathrow Airport 'could be plastic bag'
23.04.16 Heathrow boss calls for clampdown on drones
23.04.16 'Drone' hits British Airways plane approaching Heathrow Airport
23.04.16 Plane Stupid Heathrow tunnel blockade activists fined
23.04.16 Car goes up in flames outside Manchester Airport terminal building
23.04.16 Bristol Airport to halve time drivers can wait at drop-off car park charging £1 for 10 minutes
23.04.16 Norwich Airport website taken offline again by hackers
23.04.16 Strikes set up travel ‘summer of chaos’
23.04.16 Airport Angels partners with Hailo for London Black cab transfers
23.04.16 Govia Thameslink wins injunction over Gatwick Express union dispute
23.04.16 Petition against Aberdeen Airport drop-off charges
23.04.16 Flybe 'sorry' for baggage charge 'confusion'
23.04.16 M&S bras setting off airport metal detectors because of metal underwiring
23.04.16 Holiday Inn Express Gatwick shows off revamp
23.04.16 Hilton Worldwide to develop its first modular hotel at Bristol Airport
23.04.16 Westminster event marks launch of Inverness to Heathrow flight route
23.04.16 Transavia launch new Edinburgh-Paris Orly service
23.04.16 Edinburgh Airport starts Helsinki flight service
23.04.16 Jet2 reveals four new summer routes from East Midlands Airport
23.04.16 Norwich airport announces new flight to Rhodes for summer 2017
23.04.16 Glasgow Airport to begin direct flights to Jamaica
23.04.16 Charter specialists Thomson and First Choice add capacity at Liverpool Airport
23.04.16 Newcastle Airport reveals new Florida flights
23.04.16 Ryanair adds Bristol winter routes
23.04.16 Vueling announces direct services to Malaga from Birmingham Airport
23.04.16 Extra Thomas Cook Airlines A320 for Birmingham means five new routes
23.04.16 Flybe launches six new routes from Birmingham Airport
23.04.16 New Italian and Caribbean routes announced at Manchester Airport
23.04.16 Travel company launches European destinations from Leeds Bradford
23.04.16 Norwegian celebrates after reaching milestone of 500,000 passengers at Gatwick
23.04.16 Easyjet passenger plane circles Manchester for an hour to burn fuel after main gear door refused to close on take-off
23.04.16 Jet2 launches ‘biggest ever’ ski programme from Leeds Bradford Airport
23.04.16 Man arrested at Gatwick after smuggling 2kg of cocaine in suitcase
23.04.16 Norwegian subsidiary closes in on US foreign air carrier permit
23.04.16 Blackjack ties up with LS Travel Retail at London Luton Airport
23.04.16 BA releases new fare types
23.04.16 Delta launches new Heathrow - Salt Lake route
16.04.16 Secret papers reveal government wanted Salmond to sell Edinburgh Airport to Qatar
16.04.16 Heathrow and Gatwick push for new runways after record Easters
16.04.16 Flybe lands at Heathrow to take on BA
16.04.16 Flybe issues statement on Little Red speculation
16.04.16 Luton airport to replace bus transfers with £200m light rail link
16.04.16 London City sees record passengers as expansion inquiry reaches decision stage
16.04.16 Belfast International Airport flying high as number of passengers expected to hit 5m this year
16.04.16 Luton reports passengers rise as Thomas Cook Airlines starts service
16.04.16 Manchester airport reports record passenger traffic
16.04.16 Birmingham Airport enjoys another record-breaking month
16.04.16 Aberdeen Airport traffic continues to fall
16.04.16 Gatwick records three years’ straight growth
16.04.16 Glasgow and Edinburgh airports see busiest ever March
16.04.16 Stansted Airport’s record-breaking March
16.04.16 Record March for Heathrow as passengers increase by 2.5%
16.04.16 Hundreds of constituents urge Hounslow MP to back third runway at Heathrow
16.04.16 Back Heathrow call on 'Captain Cameron' to land Heathrow expansion as soon as possible
16.04.16 Majority of London councillors back Gatwick expansion, reveals poll
16.04.16 Aeropark grounding dents Norwich Airport profits with £439,000 blow
16.04.16 Scots airports still flying high a century after opening
16.04.16 Ryanair will trial transfer traffic from this summer
16.04.16 Domestic down, long-haul up at Heathrow
16.04.16 EU agrees partnership to share airline passenger data
16.04.16 Newcastle Airport boss announces decision to stand down after 37 years of service
16.04.16 Ryanair launches bid to snatch more customers from travel agents
16.04.16 Ryanair intensifies its plan to capture business flyer market
16.04.16 O’Leary slams ATC strikes after €10-€20 million losses
16.04.16 Flight prices down 10% in 2016, claims Kayak
16.04.16 Monarch draws Chinese interest
16.04.16 Construction begins on world-first £12m aviation academy at Norwich airport
16.04.16 Cardiff the most expensive UK airport to buy foreign currency
16.04.16 Luton Airport named cheapest to fly out from in the UK
16.04.16 Thomas Cook sorry for ‘Miss-take’
16.04.16 ‘Digital acceleration and innovation’ at the heart of Ryanair’s ‘Always Getting Better’ year 3 plans
16.04.16 Ryanair invites testy customers to vent via `Rate My Flight' app
16.04.16 Newcastle Airport most expensive for short haul flights
16.04.16 Heathrow commits to giving opportunities to firms across UK
16.04.16 Ryanair say they remain 'very committed' to City of Derry Airport
16.04.16 Ryanair boss eyes succession plans
16.04.16 Heathrow finance boss to depart
16.04.16 Call for lasers to be classed as offensive weapons amid thousands of incidents
16.04.16 ‘Democratisation’ of bots creates huge customer service opportunity for airlines
16.04.16 Warning over drones 'endangering' aircraft near Heathrow Airport, after six incidents in two months
16.04.16 Pics: New Ryanair planes launched
16.04.16 BATA appoints new chief executive
16.04.16 Lydd Airport to become permanent search and rescue helicopter base
16.04.16 Prestwick Airport takes part in Europe's largest military exercise
16.04.16 EasyJet puts winter flights on sale
16.04.16 Manchester Airport's international artist-in-residence talks painting Hong Kong
16.04.16 Newcastle airport drama as plane suffers suspected landing gear failure
16.04.16 Watch RAF 'Hercules' jet circle the skies before touching down at Newcastle airport
16.04.16 The business of travel: how airline seats are shrinking
16.04.16 Dnata adds Heathrow air cargo facility for Cathay Pacific
16.04.16 Emirates orders more two-class superjumbos
16.04.16 Lufthansa A320neo visits Heathrow
16.04.16 BA signs new sponsorship deal with Team GB ahead of Rio 2016
16.04.16 London Underground pricier (per mile) than a first-class flight
16.04.16 Stansted Airport bosses remove unofficial footpath from car park for safety reasons
16.04.16 Gatwick Express drivers’ strike threat over longer trains
16.04.16 Gatwick Airport motorists warned to be aware of M23 overnight closures
16.04.16 Aberdeen airport doubles drop-off charge to £2
16.04.16 Where to park at Birmingham Airport
16.04.16 Disabled parking rate halved for Skylive airshow at Durham Tees Valley Airport
16.04.16 Exeter Airport to boost winter sunshine flights
16.04.16 New bmi Munich flight launches from Southampton Airport
16.04.16 Ryanair adds six winter routes to Liverpool John Lennon Airport schedules
16.04.16 Flybe announce year round Leeds Bradford - Newquay route
16.04.16 Citywing to fly TT race fans from Cardiff
16.04.16 P&O Cruises set to fly directly to the Caribbean from Belfast International Airport
16.04.16 Norwich Airport reveals latest route for winter 2016-17 - the French Alps
16.04.16 EasyJet to open seasonal summer base in Palma
16.04.16 Thomas Cook Airlines teams up with Manchester airport for Pride
16.04.16 Manchester Airport sniffer dogs find 'cheese and sausages' but no Class A drugs
16.04.16 TUI to focus on long-haul expansion in summer 2017
16.04.16 easyJet launches 1400 flights from Newcastle Airport for Winter 2016
16.04.16 Durham Cricket Club scores Newcastle Airport sponsorship
16.04.16 Drug dealer caught in plot to import M-cat by courier through Newcastle Airport
16.04.16 Malaysia Airlines plans B747-400 for London
16.04.16 Vietnam Airlines to add seventh weekly service from Heathrow
16.04.16 BA adds summer capacity to Kenya
16.04.16 Oman Air launches second daily Heathrow-Muscat service
16.04.16 Iberia launches discounted fares between UK and US
16.04.16 Drake & Morgan to open bar at Heathrow airport
09.04.16 Cardiff Airport sees ten months of consecutive growth
09.04.16 Liverpool John Lennon Airport sees March passenger numbers soar 18%
09.04.16 London businesses back City airport expansion
09.04.16 New fears of Luton Airport expansion as airport reaches capacity ten years early
09.04.16 EasyJet falls behind Ryanair as budget airlines battle for dominance of Europe’s skies
09.04.16 Further passenger growth for easyJet, latest March stats show
09.04.16 Flybe maintains winter carryings and raises summer capacity
09.04.16 Ryanair overcomes French ATC strikes in March to raise passenger numbers
09.04.16 George Best Belfast City Airport to be sold as part of £500m deal
09.04.16 Brexit would make UK airlines unable to 'freely fly between cities'
09.04.16 Dublin airport to build second runway by 2020
09.04.16 Airlines see load factors dip as capacity growth outstrips demand
09.04.16 Branson profits as Alaska Air buys Virgin America for $4bn
09.04.16 Flybe shares tumble amid fears over strong dollar
09.04.16 Heathrow named sixth busiest airport in the world
09.04.16 Delay over Heathrow third runway decision 'really hurting' Hounslow
09.04.16 Bigger Gatwick ‘threatens rewilding’
09.04.16 Significant disruption to arrivals and departures at Manchester Airport after technical issue
09.04.16 CAA approves Birmingham Airport flight path changes
09.04.16 RAF jets escort 'unresponsive' plane to Cardiff Airport
09.04.16 EasyJet installs automated bag drop kiosks at Manchester
09.04.16 British Airways eyes Chinese tie-ups
09.04.16 Virgin sacks more Hong Kong staff amid questions about its future in the city
09.04.16 US pre-clearance system arriving soon at UK airports
09.04.16 If airport checkpoints were outside, would you be safer?
09.04.16 Apprentices at the UK Border prompt security fears
09.04.16 Incredible-looking spy plane lands at Manchester Airport
09.04.16 Jet2 plane aborts landing six times at Leeds Airport 'because of faulty flaps'
09.04.16 OmniServ lands PRM deal at Liverpool Airport
09.04.16 Greek strike set to cause major flight disruption
09.04.16 EasyJet forced to cancel 611 flights in March
09.04.16 Ryanair cancel 108 flights to, from and within Italy on Saturday
09.04.16 Tianjin Airlines to launch Gatwick route
09.04.16 Three new business lets at Prestwick Airport
09.04.16 Changes at Prestwick as airport grows its offer for local businesses
09.04.16 Boeing delivers 400th 737-800 to Ryanair
09.04.16 Gatwick launches Anaplan platform to help cope with 41 million passengers in 2016
09.04.16 Belfast airport officially opens newly refurbished Causeway Lounge
09.04.16 Autism Charter signed by Newcastle Airport after specialist staff training
09.04.16 ScotRail launch £20 fare for passengers connecting with Flybe flights
09.04.16 Birmingham Airport issues warning as rail lines shut down
09.04.16 Network Rail opposes Arriva plan to increase trains to Manchester Airport
09.04.16 Calls to improve rail links to Manchester Airport for Wrexham passengers
09.04.16 National Express adds new London to Stansted services
09.04.16 Stansted Airport defends 20 per cent increase in drop off parking charge
09.04.16 Campaigners disappointed as late night Gatwick bus service is set to be withdrawn
09.04.16 Airports look to sell lounge access and parking through agents
09.04.16 Moment man tries travelling to Heathrow Airport... by cycling up the M25
09.04.16 Air France-KLM CEO Leaving to take CEO Role at IATA
09.04.16 Heathrow hotel team goes green for charity
09.04.16 Arora Group purchases Hilton London Stansted Airport
09.04.16 New hotel for Birmingham Airport
09.04.16 Aberdeen Airport hotel wins award
09.04.16 New route from Humberside to Denmark to support wind power industry
09.04.16 Glasgow Airport executive appointed chair of Glasgow Welcomes
09.04.16 Flybe plane makes emergency landing at Southampton Airport
09.04.16 East Midlands Airport offering New York flights this winter
09.04.16 Thomas Cook expands Summer 2017 offering from Newcastle Airport
09.04.16 Flybe launches five new daily flights from Leeds Bradford to Belfast City
09.04.16 Large ice shard plunges to earth from aeroplane on approach to London City Airport
09.04.16 Wizz Air launches new Luton route to Poland
09.04.16 Thomas Cook to add Luton departures
09.04.16 Fire service attend incident at Aberdeen airport
09.04.16 Iberia Express expands to Birmingham
09.04.16 Ryanair accuses Google of profiting from misleading ads
09.04.16 Fun for all at Gatwick Airport autism awareness day
09.04.16 United celebrates 25th anniversary of Heathrow flights
09.04.16 Thomas Cook to fly from Belfast to Mexico
09.04.16 Norwegian expands from Gatwick with new route to Crete
09.04.16 British Airways offers free upgrades to first class
02.04.16 Richard Branson claims EasyJet and Ryanair are 's****ing themselves' over Brexit
02.04.16 Third Heathrow runway risks legal challenge over noise, rival claims
02.04.16 EU experts hold emergency aviation security review meeting
02.04.16 MPs and business leaders from North East raise pressure on Heathrow expansion
02.04.16 New French air traffic control strike is the 43rd in seven years
02.04.16 IAG boss calls for government intervention on French air traffic strikes
02.04.16 Airbus A380 arrives at Birmingham Airport for first historic passenger flight
02.04.16 Gatwick Airport accepts recommendations after noise review
02.04.16 Heathrow Airport's Terminal 4 is 30 years old
02.04.16 Virgin Atlantic unveils Flybe code-share deal
02.04.16 Dubai to introduce airport tax
02.04.16 Boeing plans job cuts to keep costs down
02.04.16 Storm Katie: High winds see Gatwick and Heathrow flights diverted
02.04.16 Manchester Airport to begin works on £1bn Transformation Programme
02.04.16 Monarch tipped for potential sale
02.04.16 Budget airline boss says Brexit would not end cheap fares
02.04.16 Monarch extends Sharm el-Sheikh flight cancellations
02.04.16 Glasgow Airport chief would not relish having to focus efforts on dealing with Brexit
02.04.16 Growth at Edinburgh Airport brings £1bn boost for economy
02.04.16 Chief confident about Aberdeen International Airport's long-term prosperity
02.04.16 Blackpool Airport is ‘open to big jet return’
02.04.16 Newquay airport's £5 fee ends
02.04.16 Belfast set for largest UK airport solar project
02.04.16 Ryanair tries to entice rival airlines' pilots as fleet expands rapidly
02.04.16 Edinburgh Airport chief warns on 'piecemeal approach' to cutting APD
02.04.16 Ryanair: Record Leeds Bradford winter 2016 schedule launched
02.04.16 Etihad Airways celebrates 10 years at Manchester Airport
02.04.16 Singapore Airlines marks three decades at Manchester Airport
02.04.16 More than 40 KLM aircraft jobs at risk in Norwich
02.04.16 Lagan lands London City Airport runway deal
02.04.16 Ryanair opens Belfast International base with first flights to Gatwick
02.04.16 Where can I fly to direct from Manchester Airport? All the destinations mapped
02.04.16 Emirates flight aborts Manchester landing 3 times - before heading to London...and then coming back
02.04.16 Emirates raises London capacity with additional Gatwick service
02.04.16 BA Embraers to operate selected Aer Lingus services
02.04.16 Newcastle Airport drama as flight to Fuerteventura is delayed by 'drunk' passenger
02.04.16 Ryanair announces Sofia link from Liverpool John Lennon Airport
02.04.16 Get on the piste as new Robin Hood Airport destination announced
02.04.16 Flight from Saudi Arabia makes emergency landing at Prestwick Airport
02.04.16 BA to launch new Spanish holiday flight from London City
02.04.16 Birmingham Airport launches flights to Doha
02.04.16 Norwegian expands UK network with new routes from Manchester
02.04.16 Virgin Atlantic launches new Manchester flights
02.04.16 British Airways reduces business class baggage allowance
02.04.16 Boeing 777 almost brought down by drone just after take off at Heathrow Airport
02.04.16 Drone 'just over a wingspan away' from plane landing at London City Airport
02.04.16 Aberdeen airport worker run over by his own vehicle hospitalised
02.04.16 Stansted Airport drop-off charge increase 'an absolute disgrace'
02.04.16 Bournemouth Airport’s controversial drop-off charge goes up
02.04.16 How to get to Cardiff Airport by road, train and bus
02.04.16 Edinburgh trams airport fares to rise 10 percent
02.04.16 Motorist uses ‘loophole’ to get out of parking ticket at Luton Airport
02.04.16 Meet the homeowners making thousands by renting out their driveways to holidaymakers
02.04.16 More weekend disruption for Heathrow and Gatwick Express services
02.04.16 New Heathrow to Waterloo rail link would connect airport with Surrey rail network
02.04.16 Eco-friendly Tesla cabs coming to Heathrow
02.04.16 Review: Heathrow Express first class – is it really worth it?
02.04.16 London calling: Heathrow's new Oneworld lounges
02.04.16 Spain's largest low cost airline takes off new Leeds Bradford Airport service
02.04.16 Norwegian adds more Birmingham frequencies
02.04.16 Plane targeted by laser ‘close to police station’ in Glasgow
02.04.16 Luton airport evacuated due to fire alarm
02.04.16 Two drunk men kicked off Manchester Airport flight... at 8.40 in the morning
02.04.16 Austria police evacuate Vienna-London easyJet flight after terror scare
02.04.16 Towering new advertising campaign at Heathrow
02.04.16 Man who caused Heathrow security alert escapes with just a fine
25.03.16 Travellers urged to plan for security checks during Easter holidays

25.03.16 ISIS release post-Brussels video threatening Downing St and Heathrow Airport
25.03.16 Boris Johnson refloats Thames Estuary airport plan
25.03.16 Security increased at Gatwick and Heathrow in wake of Brussels blasts
25.03.16 Cardiff airport criticised for lack of long-term plan
25.03.16 Airports Commission used 'flawed evidence' to back Heathrow, claims Gatwick

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 late 2015.

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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