The UK Regional and Business Airports (RABA) Group represents 35 UK airports with scheduled passenger throughputs of circa 3mppa or less – four of them based in the Crown Dependencies. Although every member airport, and the catchment it serves, faces its own unique challenges and operating environment, there are also many common issues and opportunities that RABA’s collective voice helps to highlight with key decision makers and influencers, and offers a proactive response to policy. The group’s overarching aim is to underline the strategic importance of the UK’s smaller airports and the economic value they create.
In addition to airports that handle scheduled air transport services, RABA’s members include airports that cater primarily for business or general aviation, offshore and emergency services, aerospace and aircraft servicing and training. In many cases they also act as centres for aviation-related employment clusters.