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Please note: From March 11, 2016 we are moving to a weekly update of this website. We will still post all of the relevant UK airport news we can find, but will do this one a week rather than daily.

25.09.16 Theresa May refuses to rule out new runways at both Heathrow and Gatwick
25.09.16 Airlines don't back Gatwick expansion: 75% say second runway will not ease pressures
25.09.16 Stansted seeks end to cap on passengers
25.09.16 ‘Don’t fret at Brexit’ says Luton airport finance chief
25.09.16 How Brexit is changing U.S. travel to London and beyond
25.09.16 The only runway is Essex, says Stansted boss
25.09.16 Gatwick commissions assessment of its economic impact
25.09.16 London mayor tells May to ‘get on with it’ for Gatwick runway
25.09.16 Boris Johnson challenged to visit Inverness to discuss new Heathrow runway
25.09.16 Dublin Airport 'may need third terminal' as Northern Ireland passenger numbers continue to rise
25.09.16 Jet2.com set to become UK’s second-largest carrier behind Ryanair
25.09.16 Easyjet near taking stake in TUIFly - manager magazin
25.09.16 County council abandons term-time holiday fines
25.09.16 Theresa May demands global crackdown on airport terror threat
25.09.16 Air rage incidents soar on UK flights
25.09.16 Jet2 to fly to 21 destinations from Stansted
25.09.16 Manchester Airports Group delivers '£6.2 billion of economic value'
25.09.16 Ryanair 'likely over time' to quit City of Derry Airport
25.09.16 City Hall dismisses Greens’ London City Airport expansion comments
25.09.16 MPs in spat over airport tax and the consequences for Cardiff Airport’s future
25.09.16 Edinburgh Airport plan to create 'motorways in the sky' in bid for more passengers
25.09.16 Jet2.com calls for 'banned by one, banned by all' policy to curb air rage incidents
25.09.16 EasyJet predicts busiest day ever
25.09.16 Strike threat by easyJet pilots suspended pending talks on fatigue
25.09.16 96% of Easyjet pilots support industrial action over fatigue
25.09.16 Ancillary charges enable Ryanair revenue to gain altitude
25.09.16 Airlines collect $40bn in ancillary revenue
25.09.16 Terminal 5 to get new walkway to speed up security
25.09.16 British Airways to sell Marks and Spencers food on short haul
25.09.16 Lufthansa and Air China form joint venture
25.09.16 IAG to build new premium Heathrow freight facility
25.09.16 EU accused of ignoring rulings on Airbus subsidies
25.09.16 Sharp fall in noise complaints at MAG's four airports
25.09.16 Jet2 passengers spend more on extras than Ryanair's or easyJet's
25.09.16 Edinburgh Airport flight path consultation attracts over 5,000 responses
25.09.16 Ryanair boss O'Leary says Belfast - New York route bailout a waste of cash
25.09.16 Emirates Hails record month at Newcastle International Airport
25.09.16 Manston row rumbles on as site owners blast RiverOak consultation claiming 90% support to get planes flying again ‘as reliable as an election in North Korea’
25.09.16 Crowdfunder launched to fund fight to re-open Plymouth Airport
25.09.16 Council chiefs accused of being ‘in denial’ about future of Blackpool airport
25.09.16 Calls for Guernsey's harbour and airport to be independent
25.09.16 Watch Boeing build Jet2's new plane in 2 minutes
25.09.16 Chaos at Manchester Airport as thousands of passengers are held up by a broken door
25.09.16 Gategroup announces key Easyjet and Airberlin agreements
25.09.16 Emirates postpones fourth daily Gatwick service
25.09.16 Terminally ill boy 'had to lie on Heathrow Airport floor'
25.09.16 Heathrow Airport baggage handler 'injured as van smashes into track on runway'
25.09.16 Flower power: Heathrow Airport maps the fragrances world
25.09.16 EasyJet's Carolyn McCall ditched by Prime Minister
25.09.16 Wealthy Middle Eastern tourists flock to Manchester because it is less of a 'hassle' than London
25.09.16 The new Russian built passenger jet seen landing at Southend Airport
25.09.16 Competition watchdog to question Blue Islands/Flybe franchise
25.09.16 New Aberdeen airport restaurant to create 90 jobs
25.09.16 Best hotels near Manchester Airport
25.09.16 Thieves 'enter 53 rooms' at Gatwick hotel using missing key
25.09.16 Chinese airport launches pink-coloured, female-only security checkpoints
25.09.16 Club Aspire lounge to open at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 3
25.09.16 Popularity of Escape Lounge at East Midlands Airport rockets
25.09.16 Woman charged £27 to park for 40 minutes at Birmingham Airport
25.09.16 Phase Two of £56m Robin Hood Airport Doncaster road approved
25.09.16 "Massive support" for new direct rail link from Reading to Heathrow
25.09.16 Driver treated after coach catches fire near Luton Airport
25.09.16 Liverpool airport cabbies tight-lipped over driver syndicate's 'Euromillions win'
25.09.16 Dundee to Amsterdam flights extended to seven days a week
25.09.16 Ryanair launches new route to Faro from Newquay
25.09.16 Air hostess arrested at Glasgow airport for being ‘too drunk to fly’ on Thomson flight
25.09.16 New sunshine destination announced for Aberdeen Airport
25.09.16 Ryanair announces 10 new summer routes from Belfast
25.09.16 Low-cost airline Ryanair confirms new routes from Cardiff Airport
25.09.16 Doncaster Sheffield airport boosted by new Flybe routes
25.09.16 All Bar One adds a Scottish twist to Edinburgh Airport opening
25.09.16 Five people charged after laser pen shone at plane on approach to Edinburgh Airport
25.09.16 Dog missing for eight months is found inside Manchester Airport
25.09.16 New airline to fly from London Luton
25.09.16 New air link from Gatwick to Anguilla
18.09.16 UK domestic market sees fastest growth for a decade; BA, easyJet and Flybe dominate; London-Scotland routes are busiest
18.09.16 Birmingham Airport expansion 'being considered' by Prime Minister
18.09.16 Gatwick growth sees it hit 2030 milestone early
18.09.16 'Any new runway faces big finance and legal hurdles'
18.09.16 Flybe boss: Forget Heathrow v Gatwick – government should look at issues outside of south east
18.09.16 Residents on Heathrow flightpath dismayed that cap on number of flights allowed airport each year could be lifted
18.09.16 Heathrow and Gatwick both record busiest August amid airport expansion battle
18.09.16 UK airspace 'needs to be modernised' ahead of expansion
18.09.16 Ryanair says winter flight ticket prices to fall by up to 12%
18.09.16 Easyjet drops 4.2% over fears travel market may falter as cautious travellers make demand uncertain
18.09.16 Air passenger tax should be devolved to Wales so Cardiff Airport can get 'special treatment'
18.09.16 Record-breaking summer for Robin Hood Airport
18.09.16 Oil downturn sees Aberdeen Airport numbers drop 11.7%
18.09.16 Report on Gatwick ‘is 14 years out of date’
18.09.16 Heathrow Airport suffers worst August traffic growth for four years
18.09.16 Every UK airport will charge passengers to skip lengthy queues at passport control
18.09.16 BATA takes aim at Border Force fast track plans
18.09.16 Flights cancelled as French air traffic controllers strike
18.09.16 Brexit Brits may need visa to visit EU
18.09.16 Aviation should prepare for 'hard Brexit' says Monarch boss
18.09.16 Stansted Airport records busiest August for 9 years after 2.5m pass through doors
18.09.16 Manchester Airport has busiest summer of all time
18.09.16 'Record' summer for Glasgow Airport
18.09.16 Festival helps 12% jump in Edinburgh Airport figures
18.09.16 Passenger numbers up again at Cardiff Airport
18.09.16 Southampton Airport celebrates record Summer
18.09.16 Germany's DFS wins Edinburgh air traffic control contract
18.09.16 How they’re turning ‘Victoria’ TV location into a new airport for Leeds
18.09.16 Aberdeen airport flights cancelled and delayed after hole discovered on runway
18.09.16 Gatwick owner gives assurance over sell-off
18.09.16 Farrell reignites airport expansion battle with new Gatwick images
18.09.16 Boris frozen out of southeast runway decision
18.09.16 Heathrow expansion must be consigned to dustbin, says Boris Johnson
18.09.16 BA owner IAG starting to gain height as cheaper fuel offsets black spots
18.09.16 British steel workers plead with ministers to push for Heathrow expansion
18.09.16 Zac Goldsmith's vow over Heathrow threatens May's slender majority
18.09.16 Prime Minister urged not to approve third runway for Heathrow
18.09.16 Hillingdon Council urges PM to back Gatwick swiftly and end 'blight of residents'
18.09.16 Highlands airport boss says Heathrow 'in desperate need' of expansion
18.09.16 Theresa May's local council vows court fight if she backs new Heathrow runway
18.09.16 We must have a second runway, says Gatwick’s chief — obviously
18.09.16 'Build runways at both Gatwick and Heathrow' says Monarch boss
18.09.16 Manston airport: Transport Secretary Chris Grayling 'would be perfectly supportive' of reopening the runway
18.09.16 Jet2.com boss rules out planes ever returning to Blackpool
18.09.16 Southend airport reports progress in effort to attract new airlines
18.09.16 City of Derry Airport: Ryanair flight to London axed
18.09.16 Troubled Derry airport lands £7.5m bail out from Stormont
18.09.16 Jet2 receives brand new Boeing 737
18.09.16 Emirates reports 10% growth at Manchester airport
18.09.16 Marketing ‘more important than ever’ post-Brexit says easyJet
18.09.16 Blow for A380 as Singapore Airlines hands back aircraft
18.09.16 Malaysia Airlines to offload A380s
18.09.16 American Airlines starts international B757 refit
18.09.16 Norwegian plots global low-cost long-haul growth
18.09.16 Ryanair to employ German-based pilots through Dublin firm
18.09.16 Primesight awarded Glasgow Prestwick Airport ad contract
18.09.16 80 years of flights from Liverpool to Dublin
18.09.16 The six most popular destinations from Luton Airport in August
18.09.16 Watch Amsterdam's airport grow up from nothing right before your eyes
18.09.16 Airports of the future
18.09.16 The world's most beautiful airport terminals
18.09.16 Virgin Atlantic: Recycled steel emissions could power its planes
18.09.16 Special report: Airlines prioritise digital strategy
18.09.16 Emirates welcomes former Malaysia CEO to top digital role
18.09.16 Roald Dahl's face on Norwegian Boeing marks 'huge UK expansion plans'
18.09.16 Balpa demands action on laser pointers and drones
18.09.16 Ryanair downplays minor shareholder revolt over pay
18.09.16 Auction of Concorde parts taking place this November in Toulouse, France
18.09.16 Emirates introduces extra fees for seat selection
18.09.16 East Midlands Airport parking fees criticised by RAC
18.09.16 Bristol Airport will bring forward plans to build new 3,650-space car park
18.09.16 Trams could run from Bristol Airport to city centre
18.09.16 'High level steering group' appointed to oversee delivery of rail link to Glasgow Airport
18.09.16 Businesses back Glasgow Airport rail link plans
18.09.16 New-look Courtyard by Marriott brand comes to the UK with Glasgow Airport hotel rebrand
18.09.16 Ryanair launches new flights from Newcastle to Spanish capital
18.09.16 Birmingham Airport CEO recognised for 'outstanding contribution' to Midlands
18.09.16 Wizz announce new route from Liverpool
18.09.16 Flybe launches Cardiff-London City route
18.09.16 Flybe announces new London City - Düsseldorf route
18.09.16 Ryanair launches biggest ever Manchester summer schedule
18.09.16 Monarch Airlines adds three new routes from Manchester Airport
18.09.16 Monarch to launch new routes to Stockholm and Porto from London Luton Airport
11.09.16 PM could give MPs a free vote on Heathrow's third runway in a bid to stave off Cabinet resignations
11.09.16 Heathrow CEO: Gatwick second runway would not benefit UK economy
11.09.16 Runway row intensifies as Gatwick claims ‘triple-counting’ of international passengers at Heathrow
11.09.16 Heathrow offers £3bn cost cut in bid to secure third runway
11.09.16 Heathrow claims greater economic benefit from expansion than Gatwick
11.09.16 Heathrow to seek 50 extra flights a day
11.09.16 Gatwick claims to be 'expansion ready' with record August figures
11.09.16 Chaos at Gatwick as the airport's main runway is closed after a hole was discovered
11.09.16 Heathrow expansion 'critical' for post-Brexit success
11.09.16 “Where is the money to pay for all of this?”: Campaigners hit out at Heathrow’s unfunded promises
11.09.16 Gatwick runway bid ignores air cargo and argues hub airports are now irrelevant
11.09.16 Abta welcomes Scottish government's APD reduction plan
11.09.16 Record August at Birmingham Airport
11.09.16 Belfast International Airport has second successive record month
11.09.16 Newcastle Airport traffic up 2.7% in first half of 2016
11.09.16 EasyJet reports 6.4% August passenger growth
11.09.16 Jet2.com to open first London base at Stansted
11.09.16 Airline bosses call on Theresa May to abolish APD
11.09.16 Gatwick building first airport waste plant of its kind as it leads the way in recycling
11.09.16 IAG CEO sees airline industry consolidation, not actively looking at deals
11.09.16 Weaker airlines set to feel the pinch in Europe's overcrowded market - CEOs
11.09.16 Europe's airlines continue to suffer after terror attacks
11.09.16 IAG posts 9% increase in August passengers as load factor falls to 85.9%.
11.09.16 BA owner IAG assessing plane orders on slow economy
11.09.16 MPs warn of ‘devastating’ impact of planned cheaper night flights
11.09.16 EasyJet CEO sees strategy intact as Brexit shock blows over
11.09.16 American Airlines pulling out of Birmingham Airport
11.09.16 Edinburgh Airport bosses told to cut the plane noise in flight path row
11.09.16 Edinburgh Airport flight path consultation responses lost
11.09.16 Review of security at London City after runway protest
11.09.16 KLM agree new 'long term agreement' to fly from Durham Tees Valley Airport
11.09.16 Ratepayers foot £14m bill for City of Derry Airport losses
11.09.16 Holidaymakers face flights chaos as easyJet pilots plot strike action
11.09.16 La Compagnie pulls UK-New York route
11.09.16 Wizz Air sees monthly passenger numbers pass two million
11.09.16 Ryanair doesn't rule out tech acquisitions
11.09.16 30-Second Interview – Bjørn Kjos, CEO, Norwegian
11.09.16 Emirates boss: GDS systems are 'not fit for purpose'
11.09.16 Transatlantic demand gives Norwegian an August boost
11.09.16 Plunging pound forces holidaying Brits into debt
11.09.16 BA computer glitch causes delays and cancellations
11.09.16 BA faces huge compensation bill following IT glitch
11.09.16 Delta reveals $150m impact of computer glitch
11.09.16 Manston airport: No Night Flights relaunch campaign as RiverOak eyes cargo operation
11.09.16 Air-nimation: The fly through video of Luton airport's new look
11.09.16 EasyJet moves base maintenance of all its 250 aircrafts to Malta
11.09.16 Timelapse video shows construction of new pedestrian link-bridge at Luton Airport
11.09.16 Ryanair will force flyers to sign up to app for tickets
11.09.16 JCDecaux launches “cutting edge” digital screens at Heathrow T5
11.09.16 Air China magazine London race slur sparks anger
11.09.16 Cathay Pacific puts $14 surcharge on inbound flights
11.09.16 Virgin Atlantic campaign calls on Brits to get out of the office
11.09.16 Heathrow customs staff rebel over 'zero tolerance' duty rules
11.09.16 Ryanair looking for hundreds of new cabin crew members
11.09.16 Young boy hurt in Birmingham Airport baggage carousel horror
11.09.16 Flybe air stewardess wins sex discrimination case
11.09.16 Ryanair announces 11 new Glasgow routes for summer 2017
11.09.16 Ryanair announces major Liverpool airport expansion
11.09.16 Leeds Bradford Airport set to launch final draft of 15-year Masterplan
11.09.16 Thomas Cook to launch new US route from Manchester
11.09.16 Just 22% of EasyJet Gatwick to Ronaldsway flights on time
11.09.16 Bristol Airport parking employee drives car at 74mph in 40 zone while owner is on holiday
11.09.16 Bournemouth Airport car parks recognised for seventh year in a row
11.09.16 £41m new link to Edinburgh airport for West Fifers
11.09.16 Guests evacuated from Glasgow Airport hotel over gas leak
11.09.16 Ryanair announces new sunshine route to Barcelona from Prestwick
11.09.16 Flybe links Southampton to Munich in time for Oktoberfest
11.09.16 East Midlands Airport to stage 10k and 2k running event
11.09.16 Perfumes confiscated at Edinburgh Airport to be auctioned for guide dog charity
11.09.16 Wow Air to offer Gatwick Miami flights for £119
11.09.16 Air passengers passing through Heathrow help knit Nessie
11.09.16 KLM launches world’s first in-flight draught beer
04.09.16 Birmingham Airport profits soar after 'busiest ever year'
04.09.16 Luton airport owner Aena sees limited impact from Brexit vote
04.09.16 Ryanair boss calls for new runways at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted
04.09.16 Delays to Heathrow expansion will 'harm the whole UK', unions warn Theresa May
04.09.16 Cabinet critics will not quit over Heathrow third runway
04.09.16 Heathrow and Gatwick meet Transport Secretary to lobby for expansion
04.09.16 Third Heathrow runway would 'boost each British family by £24,500'
04.09.16 Ryanair confirms post-Brexit UK capacity cut
04.09.16 Ryanair records post-Brexit passenger surge as fares fall
04.09.16 Jet2 to create 1000 jobs
04.09.16 Edinburgh Airport considers fast-track charge lane at passport control
04.09.16 Ryanair 'very cautious' on winter travel as fares fall
04.09.16 Michael O’Leary warns on profit but eyes long-term growth
04.09.16 City insiders say buy Ryanair as company is in strong position to expand
04.09.16 London airports named as top networking spot for travellers
04.09.16 China Eastern sign code-share deal with British Airways to boost sales overseas
04.09.16 Delta to close Heathrow T3 Arrivals lounge
04.09.16 Passenger jet passed within nine yards of drone flying illegally over Heathrow in alarming near-miss
04.09.16 Passenger jets in near miss at Gatwick airport
04.09.16 Swiss say they underestimated Easyjet in Geneva
04.09.16 Sky high Michelin-Star dining from Manchester Airport
04.09.16 Work starts on Coventry Airport logistics hub
04.09.16 Take a unique look behind the scenes of Newcastle International Airport
04.09.16 Airline pilots arrested on alcohol charge at Glasgow Airport
04.09.16 Politicians and campaigners urge residents to have their say on Edinburgh Airport plans
04.09.16 Bargain-basement Boeings on Ryanair’s radar amid slowing demand
04.09.16 Ryanair to open IT centre and airdock in Poland, hire 270 people
04.09.16 Greek airports to fund investment with departure tax
04.09.16 Finnair to install wifi on short-haul fleet
04.09.16 Japan's ANA says 787 engine repairs could take 3 years
04.09.16 American Airlines president joins rival United
04.09.16 Turkish Airlines to make frequency cuts this winter
04.09.16 New Malaysia Airlines chief outlines recovery plan
04.09.16 New passenger fee added at Qatar's international airport
04.09.16 Ryanair puts customer data in hands of employees with Qlik Sense
04.09.16 Ryanair cabin staff supplier Crewlink returns to profit
04.09.16 Starbucks lands at Belfast City Airport with creation of 25 jobs
04.09.16 Liverpool Airport's new million dollar fire truck
04.09.16 Britain’s first arrivals blow-dry bar lands at Heathrow T5
04.09.16 Sofitel London Heathrow enhances portfolio of packages with Park, Rest & Fly VIP
04.09.16 Brazen holidaymakers jet off leaving their cars parked in a sidestreet near Gatwick
04.09.16 Manchester Evening News campaign sparks crackdown on cowboy airport parking companies
04.09.16 £15.2million Aberdeen Airport link road opens to traffic
04.09.16 Warning over roadworks near Edinburgh Airport
04.09.16 Birmingham International train station to change its name to 'increase profile'
04.09.16 Gatwick station to get additional staff to help more trains leave on time
04.09.16 Heathrow Express adds BBC World News bulletins
04.09.16 BA halves business-only flights from London City to NY
04.09.16 Piano to stay at Aberdeen Airport after hitting right notes with passengers
04.09.16 Ryanair launches Belfast to Berlin flights
04.09.16 Burst plane tyre pictured after exploding mid-flight and forcing Flybe plane to divert
04.09.16 Sun-Air launches UK routes to Bremen
04.09.16 Crackdown on 'boy racer commuters' under Manchester Airport tunnel
04.09.16 Flybe launches Manchester-Luxembourg service
04.09.16 Cathay Pacific launches Gatwick to Hong Kong flights
04.09.16 British Airways to resume direct flights to Iran
04.09.16 Air passengers invited to test new BA homepage
28.08.16 Theresa May to chair Heathrow third runway committee
28.08.16 Why a third runway at Heathrow would help the UK thrive in a post-Brexit world
28.08.16 Birmingham Airport records busiest year in history
28.08.16 Holiday bookings to be 'transformed' by new technology, says Expedia
28.08.16 Ryanair says profit guidance unchanged despite weaker fares
28.08.16 Ryanair and low-cost airline rivals likely to cut prices
28.08.16 Delta and Virgin to fully co-locate at Heathrow Terminal 3
28.08.16 Heathrow tops laser attack table as aviation regulator calls for more proactive policing and tougher punishments
28.08.16 St Albans residents criticise Luton Airport bosses for operating beyond capacity
28.08.16 Liverpool John Lennon prepares for busiest Bank Holiday weekend in years
28.08.16 Major airline backs plans to re-open airport in boost for Plymouth
28.08.16 Peel should be 'held to account' for Teesside's loss-making airport says tough talking new body
28.08.16 Chinese aviation giant lines up investment deal for Prestwick Airport
28.08.16 Ryanair carries more international passengers than any other airline
28.08.16 Qantas reports record financial results following restructuring
28.08.16 British Airways agrees China Eastern codeshare deal
28.08.16 Engine problems force Dreamliner cancellations
28.08.16 EasyJet hit as Amsterdam-based pilots strike
28.08.16 Manchester Airport prepares for 390,000 passengers over Bank Holiday weekend
28.08.16 Birmingham Airport: Two-hour baggage delays prompt anger from passengers
28.08.16 Belfast International Airport adopts new low visibility landing system
28.08.16 London City Airport jazzes up security screening process with music
28.08.16 Call for compensation as Edinburgh Airport flight path row deepens
28.08.16 Over 90 aircraft have been targeted by high powered lasers at Manchester Airport
28.08.16 AirAsia X to restart London flights in 2018 with Airbus A330neo jets
28.08.16 Bank holiday will see two million Brits head abroad, says Abta
28.08.16 CAA sets up new passenger complaints body
28.08.16 BA and easyJet passengers will be charged £25 if their flight delay case is 'unsuccessful'
28.08.16 Virgin introduces charge for sports bags
28.08.16 Belfast-bound easyJet flight delayed after crew members bicker over water bottles
28.08.16 Prestwick Airport cracks down on boozy holiday makers with drunk passengers threatened with arrest
28.08.16 Drunk and abusive Jet2 passenger jailed for six months
28.08.16 New General Manager for East Midlands Airport hotel
28.08.16 Family return from holiday to find Manchester meet and greet parking firm have lost their car
28.08.16 Southampton Airport's new £1 drop-off fee starts from next week
28.08.16 Busy road used as a rat run to Bristol Airport to close for four weeks for repairs
28.08.16 Liverpool airport bus service relaunches with extended route and lower fares
28.08.16 New access road to ease chronic congestion at Edinburgh airport
28.08.16 Heathrow Express appoints TVC to lead 18th birthday campaign activity
28.08.16 Trains from Bristol take three times as long and cost four times as much as planes
28.08.16 Finnair to add more flights from Edinburgh next summer
28.08.16 Manchester Airport opens new route to China
28.08.16 Stansted Airport: Border Force seize £550,000 of fake Adidas, Nike, Armani and Ralph Lauren items
28.08.16 Next joins ‘quality’ retail lineup at Gatwick Airport
28.08.16 One Green Bean lands place on Heathrow's consumer roster
28.08.16 Rhubarb partners with American Airlines at Heathrow Airport
21.08.16 Weaker pound gives Heathrow traffic and retail a lift
21.08.16 Cardiff passengers up 30% in 12 months; Flybe #1 airline; Vueling leading LCC
21.08.16 Gatwick claims majority of London councillors support its expansion
21.08.16 Majority of residents in 12 local constituencies support expansion at Heathrow
21.08.16 Heathrow expansion: new noise monitors installed to counter noise pollution
21.08.16 Heathrow deploys landing gear rules in 'blueprint for noise reduction'
21.08.16 Heathrow to slash landing charges for quietest aircraft to show it can tackle noise
21.08.16 Gatwick recruits former London mayoral candidates to head new 'growth board'
21.08.16 Local pressure on May to side with Gatwick
21.08.16 East Midlands Airport to close for seven weekends for runway resurfacing
21.08.16 FTSE 100 dips but Easyjet higher on bid speculation
21.08.16 Gatwick passengers 'face most delays'
21.08.16 Government urged to prioritise modernisation of UK airspace infrastructure
21.08.16 Heathrow security checks 'scaled back to shorten passenger queues'
21.08.16 Chaos at JFK after security scare
21.08.16 British Airways cabin crew vote for industrial action but no strike
21.08.16 Virgin Atlantic pilots' strike fears lifted after talks
21.08.16 Ryanair plans record Italian growth next year after tax reversal
21.08.16 Manchester Airport terminal two evacuated over 'suspect bag'
21.08.16 Think-tank backs SNP plan to scrap Air Passenger Duty
21.08.16 MSP calls for Aberdeen Airport cash boost
21.08.16 A day in the life of Liverpool John Lennon Airport

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.

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

 

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