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Southend Airport has the country's happiest travellers

Southend Airport. Credit: Richard MacGregor/PA Archive

Southend Airport has been named one of the best in Britain when it comes to having happy passengers.

In a survey taken by travellers while they were in the terminal, 85% said they were satisfied with their experiene.

More than quarter of a million people gave their feedback over six months' time.

It is the third year in a row that Southend Airport has come out on top of the Which? survey.

Luton wins safety award

London Luton Airport wins safety award Credit: Press Association

Luton Airport has won the 2013 ExxonMobil Aviation Safety Award.

The award recognises the safety standards and culture of both the team at the London Luton Airport’s ExxonMobil depot and London Luton Airport's Airside Operations team.

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Thousands return from Easter getaway

Airports see thousands return from Easter break Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to fly back to the region's airports following the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

At Stansted Airport in Essex 220,000 passengers are expected to have passed through the terminal by the end of today making it the busiest period of the year so far.

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BAA to sell Stansted

The owner of Stansted Airport has announced it is to sell the Essex airport.

BAA released a written statement which reads:

Having carefully considered the Court of Appeal’s recent ruling, BAA has decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court and is now proceeding with the sale of Stansted Airport. We still believe that the Competition Commission ruling fails to recognise that Stansted and Heathrow serve different markets.

Lib Dems continue to oppose airport expansion

Liberal Democrats have underlined their opposition to any airport creation or expansion in the South East after Conservatives called for more capacity.

They will rule out support for an airport in the Thames Estuary and reaffirm opposition to new runways at Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted.

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert, co-chair of the party's transport committee, said: "With Birmingham looking to expand, Stansted only half full and Gatwick expanding into emerging markets, regional airports and other airports within London can meet demand for the short to medium term."

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