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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.

16.10.16 Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham set to get runway go ahead
16.10.16 Gatwick Airport to plan new runway even if Heathrow wins
16.10.16 Stansted promises fight if Gatwick and Heathrow both get new runways
16.10.16 Scottish government backs Heathrow expansion
16.10.16 Boost for third runway at Heathrow as Jeremy Corbyn suggests Labour MPs could have free vote
16.10.16 Gatwick and Heathrow rivals clash in furious war of words over runway expansion
16.10.16 Gatwick says Heathrow will ‘likely fail’ to build new runway if Government gives go-ahead
16.10.16 Gatwick has another dig at the Airports Commission as it announces a record September
16.10.16 Beyond Heathrow versus Gatwick: The government should set airports free to compete for future growth
16.10.16 Heathrow expansion boils down to battle between economy and environment
16.10.16 Zac Goldsmith vows to quit as MP if Heathrow third runway is allowed
16.10.16 Theresa May at odds with her local party chairman over Heathrow
16.10.16 If Heathrow is clear for take-off, wait till the lawyers land
16.10.16 Theresa May's local council set to spend £50,000 to fight Heathrow runway
16.10.16 George Osborne tells Theresa May to get on with Heathrow expansion as country has 'dragged its heels for decades
16.10.16 Expand Heathrow Airport for global trade says Osborne
16.10.16 Unions write to Labour MPs urging them to back Heathrow expansion
16.10.16 Gatwick appeals to MPs in open letter on new runway
16.10.16 How does Gatwick plan to build a new runway if the Government gives Heathrow the go-ahead?
16.10.16 Gatwick submits evidence to redress 'under-estimated' growth projections
16.10.16 Owners in talks to sell Blackpool Airport
16.10.16 Plans to reopen Manston as an airport scrapped as experts conclude it's 'not commercially viable'
16.10.16 Record passenger numbers for Leeds Bradford Airport
16.10.16 Number of passengers using Cardiff Airport rises
16.10.16 Sporting events help boost Glasgow Airport's September passenger figures to a 50-year high
16.10.16 Edinburgh Airport September passenger figures show substantial international growth
16.10.16 Prestwick Airport costing taxpayer £750,000 a month
16.10.16 Prestwick Airport debt now at £21.3m as losses rise
16.10.16 George Best Belfast City Airport: Year-on-year profits rise by 40%
16.10.16 Passenger numbers down 15% at Aberdeen airport in September
16.10.16 Aberdeen Airport profits up despite oil and gas gloom
16.10.16 Manchester Airport celebrates record September - thanks to university freshers
16.10.16 Stansted comes close to reaching record high
16.10.16 Luton Airport hits the 14 million passenger mark
16.10.16 Luton Airport: Why has growth happened so fast?
16.10.16 Uproar over 'torture' of Gatwick flight path noise from Route 4 over Horley, Salfords and Leigh
16.10.16 Gatwick runway could lead to 92,000 new homes by 2050
16.10.16 Thousands of complaints made regarding changes to Gatwick's flightpath
16.10.16 Heathrow plans to squeeze additional 5% capacity from existing runways
16.10.16 IAG Cargo to lift premium capacity with £55M facility
16.10.16 China to open first phase of potentially world’s largest airport by 2019
16.10.16 Airports: Why join the dog-fight over Heathrow?
16.10.16 Plunging pound sends Heathrow exports skyward
16.10.16 BA threatens to shift resources from Heathrow if costs increase with third runway
16.10.16 Travellers at risk of 'disgraceful' 'exchange rate profiteering' at airports
16.10.16 Gatwick quizzed over poor on time flights record
16.10.16 Most advanced baggage technology for Gatwick
16.10.16 How Gatwick Airport gets 95 per cent of travellers through security in five minutes
16.10.16 Aviation chiefs blame tax as a record number of Northern Ireland people use Dublin Airport
16.10.16 Highlands and islands airports welcome 111,000 more passengers
16.10.16 Monarch airline agrees £165m investment from Greybull
16.10.16 Is it all over for the age of cheap air travel?
16.10.16 Airport security could add £500 to the cost of your holiday
16.10.16 Demand drops for beach holidays
16.10.16 Cost of hitting the slopes up by a quarter
16.10.16 Package holidays make a comeback
16.10.16 Job loss fears as one of the country's biggest airport baggage handlers quits UK
16.10.16 BA is 'destroying the brand'
16.10.16 Flights to China could more than double
16.10.16 Finnair to focus on Asia routes ex UK
16.10.16 Qatar Airlines orders 40 more Boeing aircraft in multi-billion dollar deal
16.10.16 Qatar Airways, British Airways agree to code-share deal
16.10.16 TUI and Etihad in talks to create new airline group
16.10.16 Easyjet named Europe's best low-cost airline
16.10.16 EasyJet brings all revenue generation under top marketer Peter Duffy
16.10.16 Ryanair not considering long-range B737 MAX
16.10.16 Edinburgh Airport boss welcomes new climate change report
16.10.16 Birmingham Airport’s £100m investment to cover self-service and baggage enhancements
16.10.16 Sunderland City Council set for share of £43m Newcastle Airport windfall
16.10.16 Southampton Airport wins the ERA Airport of the Year award
16.10.16 Norwich International Airport owner set for growth
16.10.16 BA set to lose 66 jobs from Cardiff base
16.10.16 Ryanair carried over a million US passengers during summer months
16.10.16 Ryanair sees vacation packages as a growth area
16.10.16 Airlines now carrying fire-resistant bags to combat Samsung phone explosion threat
16.10.16 EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou back on attack over planes deal
16.10.16 NATS to provide new voice communications system to London Luton Airport
16.10.16 Over 400 new jobs up for grabs in and around Luton Airport as part of £110m expansion
16.10.16 Thousands of EasyJet passengers stranded in Greece after airline cancels flights due to strike
16.10.16 Heathrow passengers struggle through delays due to computer meltdown
16.10.16 Heathrow Airport and Skyscanner join forces for Facebook magic
16.10.16 BA partners with AirPortr to bring the ‘bag drop’ to the passenger’s doorstep
16.10.16 Drone sightings near Heathrow prompt police inquiry
16.10.16 Heathrow passengers enjoy Garden Gate sanctuary in six-month trial
16.10.16 Harry Potter Shop set to open at Heathrow
16.10.16 Ryanair reduces check-in options for ‘basic’ fare passengers
16.10.16 Jet2 plane returns to Manchester for fourth time in a month with suspected fault
16.10.16 Former Asda and Shop Direct executive joins MAG board
16.10.16 Video appears to show baggage handlers 'chucking' suitcases at East Midlands Airport
16.10.16 Woman leaves Audi at Bristol airport car park returns to find it smashed up and splattered in blood
16.10.16 British Airways boosts capacity on Germany routes from London City
16.10.16 London City airport installs full-body scanner
16.10.16 Plans for proposed £80m rail link to Glasgow Airport revealed
16.10.16 Deal signed for new trains on Stansted Express route
16.10.16 Gatwick pioneers CO2-saving green taxi scheme
16.10.16 Should taxi firms refuse to pick up Gatwick holidaymakers dumping cars in residential streets?
16.10.16 Govia completes £145 million revamp of Gatwick Express trains
16.10.16 Plane spotters caught out as small road near Heathrow generates £7,000 parking fines in just 5 months
16.10.16 Heathrow hotels see profits drop as passenger numbers slow
16.10.16 Marriott International opens Courtyard Glasgow Airport
16.10.16 Future of subsidised Cardiff-Anglesey flight under review
16.10.16 Route altered for Humberside Airport flights to Denmark
16.10.16 Edinburgh Airport chief urges change in policy to allow direct China flights
16.10.16 Radio hacker 'caused havoc at Edinburgh airport and hospital'
16.10.16 Chance to run around East Midlands Airport
16.10.16 Air Baltic to return to Aberdeen Airport
16.10.16 Man jailed over biggest ever seizure of heroin at Manchester Airport
16.10.16 SWISS launches new London Heathrow - Sion service
16.10.16 Egyptair restarts Heathrow Luxor service after suspension
09.10.16 EasyJet cites Brexit, terror attacks and air traffic control strikes for lost profit as shares sink again
09.10.16 UK to make airport expansion decision 'soon': Transport minister
09.10.16 Third runway at Heathrow Airport would not break pollution laws, study finds
09.10.16 Theresa May has MPs’ backing for Heathrow expansion
09.10.16 Doncaster Sheffield Airport welcomes 10 millionth passenger
09.10.16 Ryanair to cut winter fares by 12%
09.10.16 Jet2 seats at new Stansted base in summer 2017 exceed the entire network growth in summer 2016
09.10.16 Ryanair passenger carryings up 13% in September
09.10.16 IAG passenger traffic mostly up in September, though cargo mixed
09.10.16 Iata reports flight demand dip in August
09.10.16 Monarch tipped for crucial Boeing deal
09.10.16 Easyjet warns of £90m currency hit
09.10.16 Ryanair plans to hire 3,000 staff over next year
09.10.16 Ryanair to receive 50 new aircraft
09.10.16 Freight plane brings disruption to Belfast Airport
09.10.16 Heathrow profiles passengers to speed up transits
09.10.16 Dubai is on track to become the world's busiest airport
09.10.16 Flybe wants green light for Heathrow’s regional proposals
09.10.16 Protesters hold 'die-in' at Heathrow against airport expansion
09.10.16 International aviation deal on CO2 emissions reached
09.10.16 Norwegian sees passenger traffic rise 14%
09.10.16 Airlines respond to open letter criticising lack of competition
09.10.16 Qatar Airways poised to place £14.5bn Boeing order
09.10.16 IAG launches aviation startup accelerator program
09.10.16 Air France-KLM to install wifi on long-haul fleet
09.10.16 Birmingham airport axes passenger drop-off charges
09.10.16 Blue Air launches new Liverpool services
09.10.16 Flybe reveals new Cardiff routes set for take off
09.10.16 easyJet launch new winter sun flights from Bristol Airport
02.10.16 Birmingham and Gatwick Airport bosses join forces to attack Heathrow ‘monopoly’
02.10.16 Gatwick boss Wingate accuses Commission of runway decision mistakes
02.10.16 Forget Heathrow, it’s time to clear Birmingham for take-off
02.10.16 How is bucking the trend to become a genuine high flying business
02.10.16 Ryanair CEO says Brexit set to weigh on profit for four years
02.10.16 German airline TUIfly says no plans to link up with easyJet
02.10.16 Airlines await full Brexit impac
02.10.16 Cook bookings down 4% but encouraged by 2017 start
02.10.16 TUI shares jump as Group announces 'excellent' result
02.10.16 Lufthansa to double Eurowings fleet size to compete with Ryanair, EasyJet
02.10.16 Could airports ban travellers' families and friends for security?
02.10.16 Concerns over global rise in air rage
02.10.16 Airport passengers 'face 1km walk from check-in to departure gates'
02.10.16 EasyJet pilots suspend industrial action
02.10.16 Monarch expects 'significant investment within days'
02.10.16 Lufthansa to complete acquisition of Brussels Airlines
02.10.16 Qatar strengthens ties to British Airways with flight sharing deal
02.10.16 Aeroflot plans to introduce Gatwick service
02.10.16 EasyJet names one of its non-executive directors as its next chief operating officer
02.10.16 EasyJet cabin crew win landmark case on breastfeeding
02.10.16 Pensioner's snack causes a security alert at Manchester Airport
02.10.16 EasyJet one of first airlines to launch Apple Pay on Web
02.10.16 Planes are painted white for many reasons, but mainly for safety
02.10.16 Ambitious plans for new £70million train line to Aberdeen Airport and AECC
02.10.16 Ryanair launching new sun route from Belfast to Girona
02.10.16 Flybe begin new twice weekly Cardiff flights to Berlin
02.10.16 Jet2 launches biggest ski programme to date
02.10.16 British woman, 26, becomes one of world’s youngest airline captains
02.10.16 Why the manager of a Gatwick hotel drank 254 cups of coffee in just one month
02.10.16 BA confirms £4.75 M&S sandwiches will replace free in-flight food
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 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 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 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 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

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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