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24.05.15 David Cameron ‘warming’ to Gatwick expansion plan
24.05.15 Telegraph: Whatever the choice, let’s have that new runway
24.05.15 Today will be NATS busiest day of the year so far thanks to Cannes, Monaco and Half Term
24.05.15 Alex Salmond reveals failed bid to boost Prestwick with China flights
24.05.15 ‘Only a matter of time before Boris Island rises from grave’
24.05.15 Manchester Airport's flights to the US booming
24.05.15 First direct flight to New York leaves Newcastle
24.05.15 Gangster who smuggled millions of pounds worth of cocaine disguised as children's presents into London City Airport is jailed
23.05.15 Consultation on airport growth 'must be longer than a month' Kent and Sussex campaigners urge
23.05.15 Heathrow pollution report ‘not credible
23.05.15 Thanet Council votes to review Manston decision
23.05.15 British Airways tests new Heathrow approach
23.05.15 Ryanair throws down the challenge to Aer Lingus by increasing flights on its Liverpool to Dublin route
23.05.15 SNP MP Stuart McDonald left at Heathrow after SNP MP Stewart McDonald takes ticket
23.05.15 Sun crime reporter found guilty of paying Heathrow police officer for tips
23.05.15 Jet2 announces more Newcastle Airport flights, new aircraft and more seats
23.05.15 Ryanair boosts frequency on Dublin-Manchester route
23.05.15 KLM celebrates the launch of daily Amsterdam flights from Belfast City Airport
23.05.15 Heathrow steps back in time to celebrate the Magna Carta
23.05.15 Gatwick hotel sold in 32 million Euro deal
23.05.15 Coffee chain AMT opens Edinburgh Airport outlet
23.05.15 Firefighters called to collision in Gatwick Airport car park
22.05.15 Norwich Airport back in black before takeover
22.05.15 Bristol airfares not fair say passengers
22.05.15 FTSE 100 flat but oil price rise hits airlines easyJet and IAG
22.05.15 Unions cancel rail strike
22.05.15 Eight UK airports to install beacons to deliver personalised retail offers
22.05.15 How technology is changing airport security
22.05.15 Air traffic control boss stands down
22.05.15 Changes to flight delay compensation opposed by passengers' alliance
22.05.15 BA says Government plan to attract more Chinese tourists has 'failed miserably'
22.05.15 Liverpool Airport strikes deal with Aer Lingus to launch new routes to North America
22.05.15 Bank Holiday getaway: Guide to blackspots as 300,000 plan to fly out of Manchester
22.05.15 FBO and hangar project proposed at Belfast
22.05.15 Leader of Kent County Council, dismisses Thanet council plans for compulsory purchase order
22.05.15 New 25 metre sign unveiled as centrepiece of Edinburgh Airport
22.05.15 Ryanair upgrades mobile app function
22.05.15 London City Airport targets 125,000 cab users in London’s business districts
22.05.15 BA captain answers flying FAQs
22.05.15 Thomas Cook ready for take-off from Cardiff to Cancun
22.05.15 Aer Lingus increases Shannon to Heathrow capacity
22.05.15 BA Austin - London route appears to be a hit
22.05.15 Ryanair Liverpool to Dublin service extends to 4 times daily for winter 2015
22.05.15 Ryanair ups daily Dublin - Manchester service
21.05.15 Gatwick and Heathrow air quality consultation 'too short'
21.05.15 Belfast City Airport: Residents criticise council over planning changes
21.05.15 Walsh says IAG in ‘no rush’ to complete Aer Lingus deal
21.05.15 Leader says Newcastle Airport has had a very good year
21.05.15 Airport noise 'hits reading levels' near Belfast City
21.05.15 Congestion charge for Gatwick?
21.05.15 Manston Airport: Ray Mallon, hired to change public opinion of redevelopment plans
21.05.15 Virgin Atlantic CEO: We have a family-style atmosphere that simply isn't possible with a large operation
21.05.15 Doncaster airport warns of danger after laser targets jet
21.05.15 British holidaymakers on Jet2 flight from East Midlands caught in hijack scare
21.05.15 No Southern or Gatwick Express trains at all on Tuesday if strike action goes ahead
21.05.15 Travelling to / from Luton Airport on Monday 25th or Tuesday 26th May by train?
21.05.15 London City Airport profiles passengers based on packing habits
21.05.15 Jet2 to launch 12 new routes at Edinburgh Airport
21.05.15 Airline announce biggest ever summer flight schedule from Glasgow
21.05.15 Luton Airport helping young people ‘Get into Airports
21.05.15 Gatwick car park closed for emergency maintenance
21.05.15 Metrobus launching new 24-hour route through Crawley to Gatwick Airport
21.05.15 East Midlands Airport signs up as Marketing Derby's 250th bondholder
21.05.15 Luton Airport wins Business Charity Award
21.05.15 Hurtigruten adds more direct flights from the UK for early 2016
20.05.15 London City Airport chaos as runway repair halts flights
20.05.15 London City challenges decision to block £220m expansion over 'noise ghetto' fears
20.05.15 Belfast City Airport could treble number of jet flights
20.05.15 UK’s Cardiff Airport achieves zero waste to landfill status
20.05.15 Wizz Air raises Luton capacity for summer
20.05.15 Air steward jailed for 5 years over smuggling fake passports in underwear at Birmingham
20.05.15 Airline puts on extra Glasgow flight to Toronto after demand increases
20.05.15 Signature Flight Support Luton in final stage of redevelopment
20.05.15 Avfuel builds up European FBO network at Birmingham
20.05.15 Belfast-bound plane makes emergency landing at Manchester
20.05.15 Heathrow cancels dozens of flights as London hit by high winds and thunderstorms
20.05.15 Heathrow Airport taps CHS engineering for hold baggage screening system
19.05.15 CityJet blames Cardiff Airport's 'favourable' support to rival Flybe for pulling its Paris and Edinburgh routes
19.05.15 Aer Lingus sale to IAG now hinges on Ryanair
19.05.15 Belfast City Airport: Inquiry into growth proposals opens
19.05.15 Copenhagen mayor imposes Ryanair ban on city staff
19.05.15 NATS boss to leave
19.05.15 Flybe opens Bournemouth base
19.05.15 Lufthansa celebrates 60 years at London Heathrow
19.05.15 Proxama and Eye Airports light up UK airports with beacon technology
19.05.15 New planes for Glasgow, Barra, Tiree, Campeltown unveiled
19.05.15 Aircraft makes emergency landing at Stornoway Airport
19.05.15 East Midlands Airport in top three for flight punctuality
19.05.15 Newcastle to New York flights: United Airlines route opens up gateway to the US
19.05.15 British Airways flight flanked by fire crews after emergency landing at Heathrow
19.05.15 Off-duty police officers at Stansted Airport save driver from fire – while still wearing their flip flops
19.05.15 Archive: New airport opens at Sydenham in Belfast in 1938
19.05.15 Virgin to retire B747-400 at Heathrow next April
19.05.15 Roadworks near Luton Airport this week
19.05.15 Plaza Premium opens new lounge in London Heathrow’s Terminal 4
18.05.15 From electric cars to HS3 and Heathrow, new government's green transport challenge
18.05.15 Irish state scrutineers to recommend Aer Lingus sale
18.05.15 Campaigners gear up for legal challenge over UK runways
18.05.15 Luton: the unlikely airport home for the super-rich as private jets soar in Britain
18.05.15 Inquiry to rule on airport numbers at Belfast City
18.05.15 Protesters who stopped refugees from being deported from Gatwick Airport with help of superglue to face trial
18.05.15 Airline commission replaced with 'reward by performance' say easyJet
18.05.15 United rewards hackers for spotting IT problems
18.05.15 10 facts about British Airways
18.05.15 Smuggler jailed for bringing 5kgs of cannabis through East Midlands Airport
17.05.15 'Cabinet appointments boost Gatwick's expansion chances', says airport's boss
17.05.15 IAG makes seven-year pledge on Aer Lingus' Heathrow slots
17.05.15 One year on, the battle over the future of Manston Airport intensifies
17.05.15 Newcastle to Newquay route set to recommence
17.05.15 Signature closes on Luton FBO upgrade
17.05.15 Plans for 4000-space multi-storey car park at Stansted Airport
17.05.15 Flybe's new daily service from Stansted to Cornwall takes off
17.05.15 Norwegian adds Gatwick - Berlin flights
16.05.15 Decide on new Heathrow or Gatwick soon, business leaders urge Government
16.05.15 Manston Airport 'would have lost £2.5m a year', document shows
16.05.15 Liverpool John Lennon Airport pursues 'boutique-style' status
16.05.15 100,000 locals back third runway at Heathrow
16.05.15 Ryanair predicts growth of direct bookings as it eyes expansion beyond flights
16.05.15 Bristol airport predicts record summer
16.05.15 Dublin Airport used by record number of NI travellers
16.05.15 Belfast International Airport boss has 'no concerns' over future of New York service
16.05.15 Protest at Blackpool airport auction
16.05.15 Ryanair books 4,000,000th passenger through Derry Airport
16.05.15 Anger over ‘low’ practice flights from Doncaster airport
16.05.15 Safety investigation launched over easyJet's landing at Bristol Airport
16.05.15 Germania expands Gatwick operation
16.05.15 Giraffe to open 173-cover site in Birmingham Airport
16.05.15 Stansted to Scotland boost as easyJet adds 77,000 extra seats on two routes
16.05.15 Investigation launched after laser pen aimed at aircraft
16.05.15 Regus Express Hub opens at Hilton Manchester Airport
16.05.15 British Airways to reinstate flights between Madeira and London
16.05.15 Virgin Atlantic air hostess arrested for smuggling gold at Delhi airport
15.05.15 Leeds Bradford Airport to undergo first rebrand in over 20 years
15.05.15 Security issues mean Blackpool travellers cannot enter Isle of Man Airport
15.05.15 London City Airport extension refusal ‘strangling east London’
15.05.15 Gatwick second airport runway report is set for delay
15.05.15 Heathrow could be conducting up to 50 illegal flights a day claims angry resident
15.05.15 Growth continues at Bristol Airport ahead of busy summer
15.05.15 O'Leary attacks UK watchdog's decision to force Ryanair to sell most of 29.8% Aer Lingus stake as 'false and irrational'
15.05.15 More flights operate on time at Liverpool John Lennon Airport
15.05.15 Bristol Airport to open new departure lounge
15.05.15 ABTA reports bumper year for customer support
15.05.15 New Sainsburys Bank document on dealing with flight disruption
15.05.15 Boeing 777X will build on 787 Dreamliner technology as the largest and most efficient twin engine jet
15.05.15 Tourism minister backs VAT reduction on hotels
15.05.15 Virgin Atlantic B787-9 Upper Class review
15.05.15 Uber starts journeys with Leeds Bradford
15.05.15 easyJet to cut Moscow - Manchester route as demand flops
15.05.15 easyJet to launch new Edinburgh to Stuttgart service
15.05.15 Korean Air postpones B747-8 service to Heathrow
14.05.15 'No demand' to expand Gatwick, says easyJet chief
14.05.15 Cameron must commit now to London’s crucial transport projects
14.05.15 Profits take-off at Bristol Airport thanks to "record" passenger numbers
14.05.15 easyJet shares plunge 10% on outlook and Ryanair assault
14.05.15 Heathrow will not breach pollution limits, says airport's sustainability chief
14.05.15 Zac Goldsmith: Heathrow expansion would split cabinet
14.05.15 Luton Airport at the core of easyJet profit boom
14.05.15 easyJet launches Mobile Host iOS app to guide passengers through airports
14.05.15 Blackpool Airport group plan auction street protest
14.05.15 Luton Airport as you've never seen it before
14.05.15 Striking French air traffic controllers wipe £25m off easyJet's profits
14.05.15 Apache helicopters spotted at Bournemouth Airport
14.05.15 easyJet unveils new route from Belfast
14.05.15 Severe turbulence broke Gatwick cabin crew member’s ankle
14.05.15 Steven Gerrard poses with wife Alex for British Airways campaign
14.05.15 Engineering student becomes face of North East ad campaign at Heathrow
13.05.15 Luton Airport passenger numbers rise
13.05.15 Zac Goldsmith claims argument against Heathrow expansion has been won
13.05.15 Durham Tees Valley Airport 8.7% drop in passenger numbers
13.05.15 Manston airport: CPO 'will not work' say owners after UKIP council pledges to buy
13.05.15 Heathrow Airport combined March and April passengers up 1%
13.05.15 easyJet leads FTSE lower as global bond rout resumes
13.05.15 easyJet is the latest airline to make its planes more cramped
13.05.15 £1.5 million needed for project at St George’s Chapel at Biggin Hill airport
13.05.15 Manchester Airport to open New York City branch to offer expertise
13.05.15 Heathrow and Emirates announce new partnership
13.05.15 Stansted Airport Aerozone gets thumbs up from school children
13.05.15 Screaming passengers left 'traumatised' by heavy landing at Birmingham Airport
13.05.15 Best Belfast City Airport to host Northern Ireland's first ever runway run
13.05.15 Thomas Cook announces one-off flight to Cancun from Cardiff
13.05.15 London City Airport among most scenic in world
13.05.15 Norwegian adds three Canary Islands routes from Edinburgh and Birmingham
12.05.15 Stansted passenger numbers hit six-year high
12.05.15 Busiest-ever April for Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports
12.05.15 Heathrow Airport April traffic results
12.05.15 Busy April marks record twelve months for Manchester airport
12.05.15 Heathrow boss pushes case for airport's expansion
12.05.15 Ryanair urges Cameron to scrap APD in video message
12.05.15 Manston Airport, council leader says it will try to buy the site with compulsory purchase order
12.05.15 Ingram backs Prestwick Spaceport bid
12.05.15 New ruling lets US airlines back out of mispriced fares
12.05.15 Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner comes with a place for selfies
12.05.15 Pilots' union calls for drone flying qualifications
12.05.15 Malaysia Airlines to keep A380 on LHR route
12.05.15 Drunk passenger, 19, facing jail with aggressive rants at cabin crew at Birmingham
12.05.15 Virgin Atlantic introduces telematics to cut emissions
12.05.15 Assa Abloy installs Powershield steel doors at Heathrow Airport
12.05.15 39-foot curved NanoLumens at Stansted Airport
11.05.15 Booming Gatwick urges 'action' on runway after busiest ever April
11.05.15 Bournemouth Airport prepares for seasons influx of global football superstars
11.05.15 Fire fears force plane to make “full emergency” landing in Aberdeen
11.05.15 Campaigners stage silent protest at Heathrow
11.05.15 New flights launched between Edinburgh and New York
11.05.15 Gatwick South Terminal offers luxury stress-free experience
11.05.15 Plane delayed as rugby fan thrown off Bristol Airport flight to Majorca
11.05.15 Durham Tees Airport manager pays tribute to Betty Amlin
10.05.15 Conservatives face battle on aviation as Johnson pledges to "lie down in front of bulldozers"
10.05.15 Heathrow says latest air quality stats support case for third runway
10.05.15 Sir Stelios still not easy man to please as easyJet makes £10m
10.05.15 Passengers complain of being held ‘hostage’ after flight to JFK lands in Philadelphia
09.05.15 Passenger growth continues at Liverpool John Lennon Airport
09.05.15 easyJet set to record winter profit
09.05.15 Gatwick runway plan boosted by consultation on Heathrow air quality
09.05.15 Zac Goldsmith wins in Richmond and launches broadside over Heathrow expansion
09.05.15 Ryanair rubbishes report claiming pilot contracts are a 'threat to safety'
09.05.15 FlyPlymouth vows to reopen Plymouth City Airport within two years
09.05.15 Driver destroys ‘hated’ Edinburgh Airport car park barrier
09.05.15 Virgin Atlantic passenger says he was kicked off plane just for coughing
09.05.15 Monarch Airlines add new winter routes from Leeds Bradford Airport
09.05.15 Black cabs banned from Birmingham Airport if over 10 years old
09.05.15 Holiday Inn Express opens Aberdeen airport hotel
09.05.15 'Steaming drunk' mob arrested after chaos on early morning flight from Prestwick
09.05.15 People charged with conspiring to steal £2.4m of cigarettes at Gatwick Airport
09.05.15 British Airways Flight BA307 from Paris to Heathrow declares mid-air emergency
08.05.15 Davies 'to launch new public consultation' on Gatwick and Heathrow expansion
08.05.15 Airport expansion decision delay fears
08.05.15 Airport taxes leave UK near bottom of the travel league
08.05.15 How Ryanair charges British travellers more
08.05.15 Why is Norwegian Air charming Transatlantic flyers?
08.05.15 Carriers urged to reduce fares for kids in school holidays
08.05.15 Gatwick dismisses fears over fire and rescue cuts
08.05.15 Argyll islands could lose air service
08.05.15 Thanet District Council files police complaint over controversial Save Manston Airport campaign group leaflets
08.05.15 London City the most punctual airport in UK according to CAA
08.05.15 Good news for the summer! More planes taking off on time at Manchester Airport
08.05.15 New My Gatwick program rewards program attracts 115,000 sign-ups
08.05.15 US airlines’ multi-million dollar investments highlight value of premium passengers
08.05.15 Blackpool Airport museum to mark area's rich aviation history
08.05.15 Hola Belfast! Leading low cost Spanish airline arrives at Belfast City Airport
08.05.15 American Airlines flight from Germany makes emergency landing at Glasgow Airport
08.05.15 Qatar Airways buys Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel
08.05.15 Ryanair adds third new route to winter schedule at Stansted
08.05.15 World Duty Free Group’s Sunglasses Boutique makes debut at Heathrow T3
07.05.15 Tight election result could scupper hopes of prompt action on runway
07.05.15 Revealed: UK airports with worst delays
07.05.15 Fire shuts Rome's main airport as baggage handlers go on strike
07.05.15 Germanwings crash co-pilot 'practised rapid descent' on earlier flight
07.05.15 Heathrow to reduce passenger charges from 2016
07.05.15 Qatar chief slams subsidy claims and blames Delta
07.05.15 Virgin Atlantic aims to elevate the premium experience on new 787 Dreamliner fleet
07.05.15 BA launches two winter routes from Heathrow
07.05.15 Ryanair strikes distribution deal with Sabre
07.05.15 easyJet April carryings rise despite French ATC strike
07.05.15 Airline bosses make pre-polling day plea to axe APD
07.05.15 Holiday flight makes emergency landing at Gatwick after 'drunk passengers became rowdy'
07.05.15 Weather forecasters unveil new BA routes to the sun from Gatwick
07.05.15 Watch Ryanair plane land sideways at Leeds Bradford Airport during powerful winds
07.05.15 Flybe offers triple Avios points on flights from London City
07.05.15 Blackpool airport office firm hails enterprise zone
07.05.15 Thomson and First Choice Majorca flights arrive on the Humberside Airport runway
07.05.15 Belfast Airport bosses bet against one another to win Budapest Runway Run
07.05.15 Skylive Airshow line-up: What to expect at Durham Tees Valley Airport event
07.05.15 Jet2 gives East Midlands passenger life-time ban for alleged indecent exposure
07.05.15 Tributes pour in for Olly the Manchester Airport Cat
07.05.15 Aberdeen Airport £1 drop-off charge to be passed onto taxi passengers
07.05.15 New manager at Aberdeen Airport hotel
06.05.15 Londoners back Gatwick for expansion, according to YouGov polls
06.05.15 Heathrow and Gatwick expansion: residents campaign, parties stay silent
06.05.15 Aer Lingus CEO denies breach of contract at Belfast Airport
06.05.15 US-Gulf row 'fracturing' aviation world, says airline chief

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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