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easyJet unveils winter losses

Senior executives say they've managed to cut costs, boost margins and increase capacity

Luton based airline easyJet has posted smaller-than-expected winter losses as the carrier benefited from flying a record number of business passengers.

The airline reported a total of 27.6 million passengers in the six months to the end of March, a rise of 4%.

Revenues lifted 6.3% to £1.7 billion Credit: ITV News Anglia

The business, which has courted more lucrative business customers through seat allocation and priority boarding, said it flew a record 12 million business passengers in the year to March.

Senior executives say they've managed to cut costs, boost margins and increase capacity.

Airport bids to control airspace

Southend is increasing the number of scheduled flights using the airport Credit: ITV Anglia

People in Southend are to be given further information about the airport's plans to reintroduce controlled airspace.

Southend Airport controlled the airspace around the runway up until 1993. Now senior managers say they want it back to further safeguard planes flying in and out.

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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.

Stansted wins new business

Stansted's owners are keen to attract new business Credit: Press Association

Stansted Airport has signed a new deal which will see Air Moldova move its UK operations from Gatwick to Essex.

Stansted has recently been taken over by Manchester Airports Group which is keen to increase the number of passengers passing through the main terminal.

Air Moldova will begin twice weekly flights to Chisinau International Airport on 29th April.

Cambridge aerospace firm expands

Steve Fletcher and David Jones celebrate the new deal Credit: Marshall Aerospace

Cambridge based Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has bought FlairJet, an aircraft management and charter company which operates out of Oxford.

The company will become part of the Marshall Aerospace's newly formed Aviation Services business unit.

FlairJet was formed in 2009. Since then it established itself as an aircraft management company operating Embraer Phenom jets.

It recently expanded to embrace the Middle East, Africa, the Caucuses and Russia.

Airline seeks pilots

easyJet says it needs 330 new pilots for 2013 Credit: Press Association

Luton based airline easyJet is to create 330 new jobs for pilots this year across its 11 UK bases, which include Southend, Luton and Stansted.

The company says it offers a clear career path for pilots with the potential to move from first officer to captain more quickly than other airlines.

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Passenger numbers fall at Stansted

Stansted Airport has seen a drop in passenger numbers.

The Essex Airport saw numbers drop by 5.2% in August compared with the same month last year.

The main terminal at Stansted Credit: Press Association

The reduction in people using the airport has been blamed on people staying home to watch the Olympics.

Cargo traffic has seen a boost and is up by 13.9%.

Airport applies to control airspace

London Southend Airport's new terminal

London Southend Airport is applying for permission to control airspace around the runway.

It recently obtained a temporary right to control aircraft operating in the area during the Olympics.

Controlled airspace requires all aircraft in the vicinity to communicate with air traffic controllers.

Chinese first for Stansted

Fire trucks provide a water salute Credit: BAA

Stansted Airport has welcomed its first ever passenger flight from China.

A China Southern Airlines A330 aircraft brought more than 200 VIPs and performers from Beijing for a London 2012 Olympic cultural event.

The aircraft was greeted by fire trucks which provided a water salute.

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