Member News

From 4 May Regional and Business Airports Group member, London Southend, will launch three new routes to the Mediterranean with Air Malta.

George Best Belfast City Airport, a member of the Regional and Business Airports Group (RABA), has announced a £15 million infrastructure investment that will include a major upgrade of its departure lounge, incorporating its retail, food and beverage offering.

In December 2017, The Taoyuan International Airport Corporation (TIAC) awarded the Regional and Business Airports (RABA) Group Gold Sponsor, Vanderlande, the contract to supply a state-of-the-art baggage handling system (BHS) at its new terminal. In response to the rapid growth in passenger volume, TIAC is constructing Terminal 3 (T3) at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TTIA). This will boost capacity and enhance the overall quality of service. 


Captain Winston Thomas, owner of Pembrey Airport, a member of the Regional and Business Airports Group, has been appointed MBE for Services to the Aviation Industry in Wales. Captain Thomas was invited to Buckingham Palace in October 2017 to receive the MBE from Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.

Exciting recent news for RABA member Cardiff. From May 2018, Qatar Airways will be launching direct daily flights between Cardiff and Doha.

Highlighting the happier travel experience provided by smaller airports, a recent global report places Exeter Airport, a member of the Regional And Business Airports Group, as the happiest airport in the world.

Travel agents from across Northern Ireland enjoy a trip to London Heathrow’s Terminal 2 with Aer Lingus and Belfast City Airport

RABA sponsor Caterleisure have opened a new Costa Coffee kiosk at Cardiff Airport.

Super Break, a short break specialist for over 30 years, has recently launched an exclusive new charter service direct from City of Derry Airport to stunning Seville.

George Best Belfast City airport has been shortlisted for one of the most prestigious global marketing awards in aviation for a second successive year, with a nomination for the ‘Under 4 Million Passenger’ category of the World Routes Marketing Awards. 

The airport was also revealed to be one of two that were top in the UK for punctuality. On average, flights departing the airport were delayed by just ten minutes. A significantly lower figure than that recorded at other UK airports, with the worst delays averaging 27 minutes.