Heathrow's annual noise and contour report revealed that the airport's noise footprint was at its smallest recorded level in 11 years with 15% fewer households affected by noise, as a result of working with airlines to encourage the use of quieter aircraft.
After a year of continued booming growth in Gatwick's long-haul connections, with new routes including Singapore, Rwanda, Seattle and Denver, December saw a 16 per cent year-on-year rise in passengers travelling long-haul. Gatwick's long-haul network grew to 63 connections past year, with 7.3m people opting to fly long-haul, up almost a million on 2016.
London's Heathrow Airport, which has operated its two runways close to capacity since the start of the decade, managed to squeeze in 2.3 million more passengers past year as airlines deployed bigger planes and carried more people per flight.
During 2017, the top five destination countries reporting the strongest growth by passenger volumes from Stansted versus 2016 were Spain (up 478,000), France (up 382,000), Denmark (up 281,000), Turkey (up 222,000) and Bulgaria (up 134,000).
Gatwick had its busiest December on record, with 3.2m passengers travelling through the airport, up 1.5 per cent on the same time in 2016.
MAG's third United Kingdom airport, East Midlands, also grew in 2017 - seeing a 4.9 per cent increase in the number of passengers it flew.
In December 2017, excluding Bournemouth, MAG grew 0.7 per cent.
The UK's only hub airport delivered outstanding customer service in 2017, and was named both "Best Airport in Western Europe" for the third year running and "Best Airport for Shopping" for the eight year running in the Skytrax World Airport Awards.
During 2017, new routes were launched to San Francisco, Muscat, Boston, Riyadh, Granada and Seville. This will be done while continuing to deliver the best passenger experience, which is at the heart of everything we do at Gatwick.
Sam's Club in Farmington Hills to close
Ten to 12 of the closed stores could be converted to e-commerce facilities, the spokesperson said. The store in Farmington Hills employs 158 people; the Lansing store has 172 workers.
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SCMP)
The biopharmaceutical company reported $0.27 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.02. The company's net profit margin has achieved the current level of -60.2 percent and possesses 72.8 percent gross margin.
Snow stuns as more than a foot falls in Sahara Desert
Ain Sefra is known as the gateway to the Sahara desert, where temperatures regularly reach 35 degrees Celsius in July and August. They made snowmen and snow angels, which could be the only time in their lifetime they'll play in snow in their home town.