Regional airports are booming as passengers opt for the ease of a local departure point to their holidays in destinations such as Chania
For the next few years, growth at regional airports is expected to reach six per cent a year and last year Blackpool airport experienced a 50 per cent rise in passengers to 553,000.
Travellers are increasingly choosing less crowded and more convenient airports close to home as Heathrow faces accusations of overcrowding and lost luggage.
Despite opening in April 2005, Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster is already the airport of choice for one million passengers yearly.
Cheap airfares are also behind the growth of regional airports according to analysts.
"The growth of the UK regional airports in recent years has been partly driven by low-cost carrier activity, in particular airports competing amongst themselves to offer very attractive airport charges to low-cost carriers," Keith McMullan of Aviation Economics told the BBC.
Article ID: 389, Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 11:30:00 GMT