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01.08.15 Bin Laden family 'on Blackbushe Airport crash plane'
01.08.15 Third Heathrow runway is ‘an outrageous vanity project’ says BA boss Willie Walsh
01.08.15 Boris Johnson: Heathrow third runway would hit regional flight links
01.08.15 Gatwick boss says Heathrow's new runway would cost same as a new Gatwick Airport
01.08.15 Stansted Airport security alert as 'suspected pipe bomb' found in cargo area
01.08.15 Blackpool MP: Small airport review a ‘lost opportunity’
01.08.15 Flybe releases winter flights for 2015/16 from Bournemouth Airport
01.08.15 United and Virgin consider broader beacon benefits following Google Eddystone launch
01.08.15 Belfast airport car park owner Boal's angry letter to minister
01.08.15 New Doncaster to Dublin flights schedule revealed
01.08.15 Monarch Airlines expands schedule for summer 2016
31.07.15 Walsh voices opposition to third Heathrow runway
31.07.15 City AM: Heathrow airport expansion is in the UK’s interests: Get on with it
31.07.15 Ealing Council leader challenged to 'sit on fence' under flightpath
31.07.15 British Airways owner IAG puts focus on costs as competition intensifies
31.07.15 Drop in fuel prices helps boost IAG profits
31.07.15 Passenger plane emergency at East Midlands Airport
31.07.15 Slough will respond to Colnbrook over “sellout” deal with Heathrow
31.07.15 Ryanair says won't accept IAG offer for Aer Lingus until mid-August
31.07.15 Digital specialist Hit Search working with Liverpool Airport
31.07.15 Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary earns €6,575 a day
31.07.15 Air travellers in NI missing out on £3m in compensation
31.07.15 Gatwick Airport introduces meals to make fliers happier
31.07.15 Greenbelt campaigners to fight Leeds Bradford Airport link road
31.07.15 Environment Minister “grossly out of touch” over Belfast airport parking decision
31.07.15 Anger as 'cheap' car park near Belfast City Airport is shut down
31.07.15 London City Airport and Rockwell Collins join FTE Global ‘Airport Futures’ session
31.07.15 Eurowings to launch Vienna flights from Stansted
31.07.15 Monarch launch new Leeds Bradford Airport to Malaga route for summer 2016
30.07.15 Senior executives urge parliament to prioritise third runway at Heathrow
30.07.15 How much will Heathrow Airport expansion cause the UK in air pollution fines?
30.07.15 Gatwick air quality improved in 2014, finds study
30.07.15 Ryanair wants to offer flight comparisons - but will it work?
30.07.15 MAG reveals summer airport retail marketing push
30.07.15 Ryanair ordered to give Channel Four fuel policy documents
30.07.15 easyJet scraps flights from Southend to Berlin
30.07.15 Flybe launches all-day Edinburgh service from London City Airport
30.07.15 Council to spend £1.5m improving 40 Manchester parks - thanks to airport windfall
30.07.15 BA flight to Heathrow makes emergency landing over 'bomb threat'
30.07.15 Ryanair jet's window cover 'lands on terrified passenger after plane touches down at Stansted Airport'
30.07.15 Smugglers stopped with 120,000 cigarettes and 18.5 kilos tobacco at Manchester Airport
30.07.15 British Airways to fly Airbus A380 for Vancouver service
30.07.15 Gatwick’s Skybreak signs deal with emergency accommodation provider
30.07.15 Belfast airport parking company hits out at 'unfair monopoly' and says firm set to close in weeks
30.07.15 Heathrow and Gatwick parking: Everything you need to know
29.07.15 David Cameron urged to reopen consultation on air quality at Heathrow
29.07.15 Ryanair promises cheap winter breaks with 8% fare cut
29.07.15 Small aircraft near-collisions close to Gatwick and Heathrow revealed
29.07.15 Image overhaul helps Ryanair profits take off
29.07.15 Second-quarter profits dip for Aer Lingus
29.07.15 'Robust' demand prompts Wizz Air profits forecast hike
29.07.15 BA downsizes carry-on baggage allowance
29.07.15 Disruption on Jet2 flight from Newcastle to Cyprus to be investigated by police
29.07.15 Liverpool Airport parking – options for car parking at Liverpool Airport
29.07.15 Bag-free travel arrives at Gatwick airport
29.07.15 'Anonymous legend' returns wallet lost by passenger at Luton Airport
29.07.15 Ryanair plane makes mid-air U-turn and returns to airport
29.07.15 BA to launch new Gatwick flight to Valencia
29.07.15 Disgruntled judge leaves case with parting shot for British Airways
29.07.15 British Airways slammed for bad customer service
28.07.15 Brits want new airport, not Heathrow or Gatwick expansion - new poll
28.07.15 Ryanair to target rivals with aggressive winter fare cuts
28.07.15 ‘Smart motorway’ boost for Gatwick second runway plans
28.07.15 Heathrow records 5.9% increase in revenue, focuses on airport expansion
28.07.15 Heathrow Airport sees more passengers through doors than 2014
28.07.15 Cuddly Ryanair surges as easyJet takes its eye off the ball
28.07.15 £14bn plan to maximise HS2 benefits in Birmingham unveiled
28.07.15 New study on impact of Heathrow expansion
28.07.15 Train campaigners call for second Gatwick runway
28.07.15 Ryanair lifts passenger target, upbeat on earnings
28.07.15 Big queues at East Midlands Airport as holiday season takes off
28.07.15 How to get through the airport as quickly as possible
28.07.15 Ryanair takes aim at price comparison websites
28.07.15 EU sues France over Ryanair and Transavia airport deals
28.07.15 Cadbury World creates chocolate aeroplane for Birmingham Airport
28.07.15 easyJet flight returns to Gatwick amid 'technical issue'
28.07.15 BA flight makes emergency landing with 'pilots in oxygen masks amid cockpit burning smell'
28.07.15 AirPorter luggage concierge service comes to Gatwick
28.07.15 Wagamama comes to Gatwick Airport with exclusive menu
28.07.15 British Airways donates free flights to Colnbrook Apple Fair
28.07.15 IAG Cargo, Finnair Cargo strike freighter deal
28.07.15 Heathrow duty free stores post moderate performance in H1
28.07.15 easyJet to reappoint PwC as auditor
27.07.15 Ryanair reports fares down, revenues up
27.07.15 Manchester Airports Group invest in airport upgrade
27.07.15 Walsh and O'Leary: The two men changing the face of aviation
27.07.15 Anglesey to Cardiff airline hits back over passenger number criticism
27.07.15 Ryanair’s trying to stop French air traffic controllers from ruining holidays with strikes
27.07.15 Memorial service planned for 30th anniversary of Manchester Airport disaster
27.07.15 Must know facts about checked, carry-on baggage allowances
27.07.15 British Airways A380: What you need to know
26.07.15 Gatwick Airport to achieve record breaking summer with 6.8 million passengers
26.07.15 Why plans to expand Heathrow Airport cannot fly
26.07.15 Devolving air levy to North East could blow £45m hole in council finances
26.07.15 Newcastle Airport celebrates its 80th birthday
26.07.15 Israelis 'detained and then set free' at Heathrow Airport
25.07.15 Highland airport passenger numbers up
25.07.15 Robin Hood Airport eclipses Leeds Bradford for travel getaway
25.07.15 Heathrow chief John Holland-Kaye urges Government to take action on runway
25.07.15 Manchester Airport expecting 300k holidaymakers this weekend
25.07.15 easyJet is worst airline for bumping passengers off its flights
25.07.15 If Carlsberg did… beer distributing luggage carousels? London City Airport gets a beery surprise
25.07.15 Heathrow’s specialist shops outperform duty free
25.07.15 First carriage of new Gatwick Express train undergoes testing
25.07.15 Manchester Airport parking – options, costs and how to book
25.07.15 BA adds 16 business seats to Club World in B747 refit
25.07.15 Judge removed from £3bn BA case after ranting about lost luggage
24.07.15 UK airport passenger numbers at highest level since 2008
24.07.15 Air traffic control's busiest day expected as holidays start
24.07.15 Heathrow expansion: MPs probe pollution impact and ‘flawed’ commission report
24.07.15 About 600 MPs would support Heathrow runway, says senior Tory backbencher
24.07.15 Heathrow third runway edges closer as opponents left out
24.07.15 Gatwick set for record-breaking summer
24.07.15 Manchester Airport boss Ken O'Toole reacts to booming financial results
24.07.15 Stansted owner calls for better rail links
24.07.15 New garden city in HS2 plans near Birmingham Airport
24.07.15 Bronte family name recommended for Leeds Bradford Airport
24.07.15 Rejuvenation and 600 jobs set for Coventry Airport
24.07.15 Changi on track to close gap with Heathrow
24.07.15 easyJet predicts 14% profit growth as low Euro helps to boost traffic
24.07.15 Next few months "critical" for Stansted rail upgrades
24.07.15 Government relaxes airport Ebola screening at Manchester and Birmingham
24.07.15 Apple Watch apps take some of the pain out of travelling
24.07.15 Councils unite against plans to bring Heathrow Express depot to Langley
24.07.15 How Ryanair is continually evolving its mobile strategy
24.07.15 Guernsey Airport bus service to be stopped
24.07.15 Balkan Holidays to launch Glasgow - Varna flights next summer
24.07.15 Ryanair passengers could get BA flyer miles in takeover bid quirk
24.07.15 Thomas Cook say their flights to Orlando will double in 2016
24.07.15 Leeds couple arrested over ‘rowdy’ behaviour on flight home from Lanzarote
24.07.15 Gatwick Airport campaign targets Arabian visitors…in Arabic
23.07.15 MAG performance driven by passenger and commercial growth
23.07.15 Heathrow third runway opponents left out of Cabinet committee on airport expansion
23.07.15 Cameron to chair key cabinet committee on Heathrow expansion
23.07.15 Gatwick to lose out if Heathrow gets green light
23.07.15 easyJet overbooking peak-season flights – and flouting EU rules
23.07.15 Strong passenger growth drives increase in earnings at Stansted Airport
23.07.15 Passenger numbers soar at East Midlands Airport
23.07.15 Flybe's share price soars as turnaround plan takes hold and passenger numbers rise
23.07.15 Passenger numbers to rise 50% at Bournemouth airport
23.07.15 Leaked details of the deal struck between Slough and Heathrow
23.07.15 easyJet has shaken off strikes, fire, and strife, but Ryanair flying higher
23.07.15 Social media vital ‘day of travel’ tool
23.07.15 More than two million British holidaymakers to head overseas this weekend
23.07.15 Norwegian’s first year analysed; over 200,000 passengers, with average load of 93%
23.07.15 British holidaymakers flocking to continental beaches boost easyJet profits
23.07.15 Soaring fortunes of Manchester Airport bring £60m windfall for 10 councils
23.07.15 New routes revealed from Bournemouth Airport
23.07.15 Stag do prankster arrested after sparking terror alert at Glasgow Airport
23.07.15 Coventry Airport appoints official handling agent
23.07.15 Social media engagement, how airlines compare
23.07.15 Giant emoji to cheer up passengers flying from and to Bristol Airport
23.07.15 Ryanair bans duty-free alcohol on UK to Ibiza flights
23.07.15 Plane has near-miss with flying drone at Heathrow
23.07.15 Air Malta pampers passengers in coach with free head and foot massages
23.07.15 Wizz Air simplifies process for flight changes
23.07.15 BA to help 50,000th customer tackle fear of flying
22.07.15 Decision over third Heathrow runway will be decided by SNP vote
22.07.15 Birmingham Airport reports record June by welcoming 1 million passengers
22.07.15 Exeter Airport passenger numbers back to pre-recession levels
22.07.15 Strong UK performance boosts easyJet profit forecast
22.07.15 Dozens of jobs under threat at Shetland Airport used by oil industry
22.07.15 Business leaders urge Government to expand Heathrow to boost Liverpool
22.07.15 16 easyJet flight tricks
22.07.15 NATS issues guidance on the safe use of drones in UK airspace
22.07.15 Blackpool Airport group’s fears over Red Arrows visits
22.07.15 Laser shone at Flybe plane near Bournemouth Airport
22.07.15 Drunken yob strips, spits and abuses staff on flight
22.07.15 Thomas Cook flight forced to divert back to Manchester Airport after bird strike
22.07.15 Glasgow Airport staff hit the runway to train for Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run
22.07.15 Vietnam Airlines unveils new identity and UK services
22.07.15 easyJet launches new Friedrichshafen route from Gatwick
22.07.15 New flights to Bulgaria from Glasgow next year
22.07.15 Heathrow and Hendon hydrogen fuel stations secure grants
21.07.15 Losses increase at Prestwick Airport
21.07.15 Businesses demand Cameron backs Heathrow expansion
21.07.15 Campaigners against Heathrow expansion pack PM holiday reading material
21.07.15 Delays expected to Spain as summer season starts
21.07.15 Ryanair battle with Aer Lingus to spark passenger price war
21.07.15 Ofsted chief calls for increased term time holiday fines
21.07.15 BA to conduct trials of steeper landings into Heathrow from September
21.07.15 United Airlines celebrates 20th anniversary of Manchester to Newark service
21.07.15 Flybe chief commercial officer Paul Simmons to leave for Malaysia Airlines post
21.07.15 Video of Glasgow - Ibiza flight "rave" becomes Facebook hit
21.07.15 Flash mob breaks out at Liverpool Airport
21.07.15 Thai adds second London nonstop schedule
21.07.15 Skywork Airlines launches Swiss routes from London City Airport
21.07.15 Uttlesford Council prosecutes landowner over illegal Stansted Airport parking
21.07.15 BA to fly A380 daily to Singapore from February
21.07.15 Long haul flights return to Stansted Airport
21.07.15 Czech Airlines launches new twice-weekly service between Prague and Liverpool
21.07.15 BA's bigger Dreamliners will debut on route to Delhi
20.07.15 Luton plans new rail link to bring it closer to London
20.07.15 LAANC consider legal action over “biased and flawed” Airports Commission report
20.07.15 Villagers turn to civil disobedience in battle against third runway at Heathrow
20.07.15 Cost of compensation for Heathrow runway soars
20.07.15 Luton airport is fifth busiest within AENA network
20.07.15 Flying to your UK staycation destination is a holiday habit which is really taking off
20.07.15 Guide to parking at Liverpool Airport
20.07.15 Aspiring pilot wants to fly the flag for women
20.07.15 RAF aims to stop menace of terrorist missile strikes on airliners
20.07.15 New route from Gatwick Airport launched by easyJet
20.07.15 Airbus confirms plans for next gen A380 superjumbo
20.07.15 Emirates A380 800 business class review: Pleasurable except for unruly children
19.07.15 Move fast on Heathrow third runway, bosses urge
19.07.15 "I will trigger a byelection": Zac Goldsmith's pledge over Heathrow expansion
19.07.15 Slough refuses to reveal details of secret agreement with Heathrow
19.07.15 Liverpool Airport wins Business of the Year
19.07.15 IAG has backing of 80% of Aer Lingus shares for €1.4bn deal
19.07.15 Cardiff Airport expecting busy summer as 200,000 passengers jet off on holiday
19.07.15 Holiday firm denies air tax refunds – using bizarre excuses
19.07.15 Female genital mutilation: Airports on high alert for summer holidays 'cutting season'
19.07.15 British Airways, KLM, Swiss Air and UTA have ceased operations to Sri Lanka
19.07.15 Business class from Heathrow to Singapore on Qatar Airways is a holiday in itself
19.07.15 BA issues golden rules about flying with children
19.07.15 Plane travelling to US from Switzerland declares emergency and lands at Heathrow
19.07.15 New Wagamama creates 108 jobs at Gatwick
19.07.15 BA stewardess dies after catching deadly malaria following long haul flight
18.07.15 Gatwick CEO says growing passenger numbers make the case for expansion
18.07.15 Boris Johnson U-turn over Heathrow expansion resignation threat
18.07.15 Manchester easyJet passengers assessed by medics after carbon monoxide scare
18.07.15 Irish Government formally accepts IAG offer for Aer Lingus shares
18.07.15 Ryanair closes Denmark operation temporarily to head off union row
18.07.15 Chinese carrier in talks with Scotland's two busiest airports over flight
18.07.15 North East families flock to Newcastle Airport for their summer 2015 getaway
18.07.15 Liverpool Airport travellers can reach one in 13 of the world's population
18.07.15 Border Force at Glasgow Airport slammed over handcuffing and cells
18.07.15 Manchester Airport partners with Thomas Cook to sponsor Manchester Pride
18.07.15 Pilots based at Norwich Airport begin legal proceedings after job losses
18.07.15 Thomas Cook launches non-stop flight between Stansted and Orlando International
18.07.15 Drug smuggler who mixed crack cocaine with coffee beans jailed for 6 1/2 years
18.07.15 Campaign calling on defibrillators to be installed on airlines gathers pace
17.07.15 Pollution killing 9,500 Londoners revives Mayor’s Heathrow plea
17.07.15 Thanet District Council 'closer to Manston airport purchase'
17.07.15 Heathrow holiday chaos as check-in machines 'run out of paper'
17.07.15 O’Leary defends Ryanair’s employment record
17.07.15 Joy as easyJet commits to ending plane noise in November
17.07.15 Pilots call for more information sharing on air route safety
17.07.15 Airlines issued guidelines on intercepting Syria-bound minors
17.07.15 IAG’s Aer Lingus takeover waved through by US regulators
17.07.15 Motorway junction upgrade for quicker access to Luton Airport
17.07.15 Ryanair will bid for five IAG slots at Gatwick
17.07.15 Ryanair could come back to Belfast
17.07.15 easyJet carries a million passengers between Malta and Gatwick
17.07.15 Norwegian Air says long-haul expansion pays off
17.07.15 Ryanair pulls out of Denmark, cuts routes after union dispute
17.07.15 Firefighter at Newcastle Airport tells us about a day in his working life
16.07.15 Gatwick: Heathrow expansion 'unfair'
16.07.15 Gatwick: Bosses to write to Prime Minister
16.07.15 Belfast City 'to lose Gatwick routes' as result of IAG deal
16.07.15 IAG gives up five Gatwick slots to gain EU green light for Aer Lingus deal
16.07.15 Technology will speed you through the airport of the future
16.07.15 Are runways above city streets the future of airports?
16.07.15 Gatwick CIO embraces mobile and cloud tools to keep pace with passenger demand
16.07.15 How airlines are totally screwing us on flight delays
16.07.15 Repairs will close Glasgow airport runway for a few days
16.07.15 Land release plan to aid Leeds Bradford Airport gets green light amid protest
16.07.15 Busiest June since 2008 at Stansted
16.07.15 Safety calls after Doncaster plane crash
16.07.15 Wizz Air and Ryanair well matched in competition for Eastern and Central Europe
16.07.15 Recycling up to 90% at Glasgow Airport
16.07.15 Belfast Airport extends NATS contract to cope with rising air traffic
16.07.15 Crew on Gatwick flight don oxygen masks after fears over fumes in cockpit
16.07.15 University Professor names and shames Heathrow services for the disabled
16.07.15 No.1 Traveller welcomes Etihad Airways passengers at Edinburgh Airport
16.07.15 easyJet measuring ancillary revenue
16.07.15 Heathrow runway demo - 13 charged
16.07.15 Norwegian doubles long haul passengers with strongest growth at Gatwick
16.07.15 Opening date set for new Aberdeen Airport hotel
16.07.15 Ryanair plans to put the faces and names of 30 Facebook fans on its planes
16.07.15 British Airways to begin B787-9 operations in October
16.07.15 easyjet appoints new distribution head
16.07.15 Spanish police escort five British men off easyJet flight in Ibiza
16.07.15 Beefeater makes music at Gatwick with London sounds pop-up
15.07.15 Gatwick challenges 'flawed' Airports Commission analysis
15.07.15 Call to limit long working hours in aviation sector
15.07.15 Ryanair sues its Spanish staff for strike action
15.07.15 Manchester Airport's runway visitor park praised by Tripadvisor
15.07.15 Eastern Airways launches new afternoon Southampton service from Leeds

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.

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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