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Airline trials ash cloud avoidance invention

easyJet trials ash cloud avoidance technology Credit: PA

A new invention no heavier than a bag of sugar could help prevent a repeat of the travel chaos caused at our region's airports by the 2010 volcanic ash cloud.

Luton based airline easyJet have been trialling the new technology called Avoid, or airborne volcanic object identifier and detector.

It should enable pilots to spot ash clouds up to 60 miles away.

Stansted alert update

A security scare which saw an easyJet aircraft make an unscheduled landing at Stansted Airport appears to have been a false alarm.

The airline says it received information from the British authorities about a passenger aboard the flight from Hamburg to Luton which caused it to be diverted.

It would appear that when Essex Police boarded and searched the aircraft the person wasn't there.

The airline says the Airbus involved in the alert will take on fuel at Stansted before flying on to Luton.


Luton based airline looking for apprentices

Luton based airline looking for apprentices Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Luton based airline easyJet is on the lookout for more engineering apprenctices.

The UK's second largest airline is hold an opening evening for it's second apprenticeship programme. More than 600 people applied to the first one with ten successful.

The opening evening is taking place between 5pm-7pm on Monday 8th July at the easyJet Hangar at Luton airport.

EasyJet order new planes

Luton-based EasyJet has ordered 135 new aircraft. The company says some of the Airbus A320 planes will be bought outright while the rest will be leased.

EasyJet has ordered 135 new aircraft Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The aircraft will be delivered between 2015 and 2022. EasyJet says the new aircraft will allow it to increase capacity and reduce fares.


New easyJet deal for Essex airport

The budget airline easyJet, based in Luton but with a strong presence at Stansted, has eased concerns at the Essex airport by signing a new deal to stay put.

After a period of instability, which has seen the airport sold and various airlines suggesting they might re-locate due to rising costs there, easyJet's decision is being seen as a return to better times.

The new owners at the airport say the deal will safegaurd jobs and is good news for passengers.

Hear from Stansted's Managing Director, Andrew Harrison.

New course to help overcome a fear of flying

easyJet passenger plane Credit: ITV Anglia

Luton based airline easyJet is launching a Fearless Flyer Course to help people conquer their phobia of flying in an aeroplane. The course costs £179 including a flight from London Luton Airport. People on the course can also take a companion with them.

The three hour course is being held next Thursday. The airline says around one six people has a fear of flying.

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