Gatwick Might Do Itself a Second Runway Anyway

The generations-long fuss about expanding London's airport capacity may be about to take a new turn south, as perennial second option Gatwick could soon trump rival Heathrow's expansion plans by bringing a second runway online before Heathrow's new strip is completed. Read More >>

Bristol Airport Denies Paying Hackers to Get its Displays Working Again

Staff at Bristol Airport have been forced to pull a Gatwick over the weekend, after computer problems caused their departures and arrival screens to be taken out of service and they had to write up flight times by hand. The embarrassing reason for the IT failure? Its systems were broken into by what appears to have been a random drive-by ransomware attack. Not really what you'd expect of an airport. Read More >>

Drone Pilot Had a Go at Taking Down a Plane

A drone owner in the vicinity of RAF Northolt very nearly claimed the shameful honour of being the first idiot to make a proper aeroplane crash, with safety investigators agreeing that the movements of the adult baby's flying toy matched with a deliberate attempt to hit a plane as it came in to land. Read More >>

Which? Declares Luton Britain’s Worst Airport for the Third Year Running

At their best airports are still not great. Long queues, overpriced shops and bars, plus that weird empty feeling you get in pretty much every airport check-in zone. But some airports are worse than others, and according to the latest Which? survey the worst airport in Britain is Luton. Again, because this is the third year in a row they've won that title. Read More >>

Bag of Sex Toys Incites Panic at Berlin Airport, Bomb Squad Called and Terminal Shut Down

Authorities partially closed Schönefeld Airport in Berlin on Tuesday after they confused a bag of sex toys for a bomb. Read More >>

Wizz Air Wins (AKA Loses) in Most-Delayed UK Flier Stats

Hungarian flier Wizz Air has been outed as the least punctual airline operating on routes in and out of the UK, recording average delays of nearly 23 minutes per flight over the last year. Read More >>

Airport Parking Scammer Dumped Cars in a Field, Court Told

The operator of boring-sounding business London Parking Gatwick Ltd is in court at the moment, charged with massively exaggerating the seriousness of his airport parking systems. As in, he's accused of picking up cars, driving them around for a bit, using them to get his shopping in and dumping the cars in a field. Read More >>

Gatwick Airport is Testing Self-Boarding Gates to Keep Planes Running on Time

These days it seems as though speaking to people is a rarity. Supermarkets have self-checkouts, fast food chains have machines that take your order for you, and airports have machines that let you check in and check baggage all by yourself. Now Gatwick is taking things a step further, trialling self-boarding gates to help improve departure times. Read More >>

Heathrow Considers Declaring Itself a Low-Emission Zone and Charging Drivers to Enter

Heathrow is thinking about setting a new world record for irony, revealing that one way it might be able to meet its environmental commitments and build a whole new runway is to declare itself a low-emission zone and charge car drivers a congestion fee for entering the airport. As if dad's not already stressed enough about going on sodding holiday. Read More >>

London City Airport is Getting an Upgraded Air Traffic Control Tower — 80 Miles Away From All the Planes

London’s cramped City Airport, located in the heart of the city, is undergoing a massive upgrade, including the addition of a fancy new air traffic control tower. But to maximise the airport’s limited space, that tower is actually being built 80 miles away, and will rely on 14 high-def cameras to give remote ATC crews a virtual view of the far-off airport. Read More >>

Lake District Airport Prepares for Passenger Flights

People looking to escape the cities for a rural break in Cumbria may soon be able to leave the Porsche Cayenne at home and fly up, as the previously under-the-radar Carlisle Lake District Airport is gearing up to accept commercial passengers for the first time since 1993. Read More >>

Heathrow Teases More Affordable Phased Expansion Plan

Heathrow has announced a plan to announce something, revealing that its version of the consultation about What To Do With The Airport is coming in mid January. Read More >>

Student Travels from London to Edinburgh (via Poland, Berlin and Glasgow)

A student who wanted to travel between London and Edinburgh was so horrified about the price of a train ticket that he decided to fly instead. There's nothing particularly amazing about that anecdote, until you get to the bit where he reveals that he flew via Poland, Berlin and Glasgow to spite the rail companies. Read More >>

Heathrow’s Extra Runway Needs Another Public Consultation

A third runway for Heathrow still isn't a done deal, you know, and the prospect of new delays to the start of the project have been raised by news that another consultation over the plan is to be launched. Read More >>

Combine Gatwick and EasyJet for the UK’s Longest Flight Delays

Analysis of Civil Aviation Authority data covering the summers of 2015 and 2016 has revealed the most-delayed flights and the most delay-hit airports in the UK and Ireland, with the losers being the easily guessable combination of (a) EasyJet and (b) Gatwick. Read More >>