Eight airports in England have submitted bids to the Government to become freeports – but most will be disappointed, as Ministers are expected to give the go ahead to only seven of the 40 bids from sea, air and rail ports.

The airports which submitted bids by the 5 February deadline were Bournemouth, Carlisle Lake District, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Gatwick, Heathrow, Newcastle and Teesside.

All will be assessed next month by a panel chaired by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, with decisions expected by here