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The South East Regional Airport Study is expected in the spring, an aviation White Paper is due in the autumn and construction of Terminal 5 could start at the same time. 2002 is going to be a key year for airports.

Aviation plays a big role in the UK economy. It contributes £10.2bn a year to GDP transporting 160M passengers, generating 180,000 direct jobs and supporting another 380,000 indirectly.

By 2015 the sector is forecast to grow dramatically to 310M passengers a year.

Contribution to GDP will be £18bn, with 700,000 people employed directly or indirectly.

How is the industry gearing up to cope?

Our special feature, produced in association with the Airport Operators Association takes a look around the country.

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