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Regional hubs benefiting from London congestion

The substantial growth of regional airports has partly been fuelled by rising congestion at London hubs, according to the CAA.

Regional airports are benefiting from the congestion that is often seen at London hubs, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

A recent report from the organisation showed that annual passengers at regional airports have exceeded 100 million for the first time.

In 2006, regional travel hubs handled 42 per cent of passengers at UK airports.

"One of the main factors [fuelling growth] is that the London airports are becoming increasingly busy and as a result of that, more services are being offered from the regional airports," said Chris Mason, spokesperson for the CAA.

Mr Mason also cited the expansion of low-cost carriers as an important factor in regional airport growth.

Commenting on the benefits that these hubs can offer to distinguish themselves from London airports, the CAA spokesperson said: "It's convenience really…If you're living in the north of England, you're now able to travel to a much wider range of international destinations than even a few years ago."

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