Neil Pakey, Chairman of the UK Regional and Business Airports Group, says it is essential the UK and EU strike a fresh 'open skies' agreement before the Brexit deadline next year otherwise carriers such as Ryanair and EasyJet could be left in limbo, Liverpool Business News reports. 

On 21 December 2017, Ryanair applied to the UK CAA seeking an AOC to safeguard its existing and future UK-originating operations against a hard Brexit amid little progress on a new aviation deal between the UK and Europe.

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.

Heathrow’s recent announcement of enhanced discounts to reduce its airport charges for UK domestic services was welcomed by the 40 airport member UK Regional and Business Airports (RABA) Group today.  

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.

In one of the first announced appearances since her appointment as Aviation Minister in October, Baroness Sugg has accepted an invitation to officially open the 3rd British-Irish Airports EXPO and the Annual Conference of RABA.

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.