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So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu

Martin Stew was at Stansted Airport to bid farewell to some of the World's greatest athletes.

Hundreds of Olympians were jetting out from the Essex airport, including Australia's gold medal cycling champ Anna Meare's and Laura Asadauskaite who won the last gold of the games.

Reporter Martin Stew grabbed a word with some of the people who made London 2012, such a memorable Olympic games.

Airport given permission to rebrand

Airport has been renamed London Southend. Credit: ITV Anglia

Southend airport has been given permission to call itself London Southend. The airport which is owned by the Stobart group has recently undergone £100million pound expansion programme.

It has been given permission to brand itself as London Southend by the International Air Transport Association.


Stansted sale ruling expected this week

Stansted sale - ruling on Thursday Credit: ITV Anglia

A decision on whether Stansted Airport must be solved could be resolved on Thursday at the Court of Appeal.

In 2009 the Competition Commission (CC) ruled that BAA must sell Stansted in Essex and two of its other UK airports.

BAA is challenging the ruling.

BAA has mounted a series of legal challenges against the decision, all have been unsuccessful.

The latest blow came earlier this year when Spanish-owned BAA lost an appeal before the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

The action is before Lord Justice Mummery, Lord Justice Rimer and Lord Justice Sullivan.

BAA has sold Gatwick Airport in West Sussex and faced with having to dispose of either Edinburgh Airport or Glasgow Airport, it has opted to sell Edinburgh.

The judges reserved their ruling and are expected to give a decision on the appeal on Thursday.

Airport boss learns 'front-line' skills

Cambridge Airport MD Archie Garden (right) at the airport fire station Credit: Cambridge Airport

Cambridge Airport’s Director, Archie Garden, has been spending time working on the airport's 'front line'.

He's spent a day with the airport fire team and another with aircraft re-fuellers.

Archie says the experience has taught him that the re-fuellers and firemen are the real unsung heroes of every airport.

Punctuality times improve at Stansted

Stansted Airport Credit: BAA

Passenger numbers may be down at Stansted but new figures show that the airport has had its best year ever for flights leaving on time.

85% of all scheduled departures left on time in 2011. That's an improvement of 11% on the previous year.

The figures are the best the airport has had since the new terminal opened in 1991.


Luton unveils expansion plans

Plans for the new-look Luton airport Credit: Luton Airport

Plans to re-develop Luton Airport over the next 15 years have been announced.

The airport, which is the fifth largest in the UK, is owned by Luton Borough Council but run by a Spanish owned company.

The plans involve improving the terminal building, extending the main taxiway and upgrading traffic lanes for cars and buses using the terminal.

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