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Airlines under pressure to help with the cost of training pilots

James Richardson from Cambridge has just started on the Future Pilot Programme. Credit: ITV News

Becoming a pilot is a dream job for many but, at a cost of more than a hundred thousand pounds, it's not easy to turn that dream into reality.

Pilot training is expensive and there's pressure on airlines to do more to help. But if you are thinking about it there are a number of opportunities out there, with one airline running a sponsored training scheme.

ITV News reporter Lauren Hall has been speaking to some of the new recruits from the Anglia region

Luton Airport has busiest summer on record

2.6m passengers passed through Luton Airport in July and August Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton Airport has had its busiest summer on record. More than two and a half million passengers travelled through the airport in July and August.

It was used by 1.4 million passengers in August alone, a 16% rise on the same period in 2014.

The airport is also investing £100m to increase its annual capacity from 12 million to 18 million by 2026.

“This record-breaking summer has demonstrated the increasing popularity of London Luton Airport and has highlighted the need for expansion in order to meet the demands of our passengers.

"The £100m we are investing will ensure that we are able to give all our passengers a quick, easy and good value service at London Luton.”

– Nick Barton, CEO of London Luton Airport


Motorway junction upgrade for quicker access to Luton airport

Leaving and joining the M1 from Luton airport should be quicker with an upgraded junction. Credit: Sarah Cooper

Getting to Luton airport should be easier in future with the official opening of a new look Junction 10 on the M1. The project has cost £30 million.

The roundabout has been replaced by an overpass and an underpass to try and reduce queues and delays.

It has been paid for with £25m from the government and the rest from the council and local third parties.

The project to upgrade the M1 junction near Luton has cost £30m. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Watch time-lapse footage of the new motorway junction being constructed by clicking below


Terror arrest at Luton Airport

A British woman has been arrested by counter-terrorism officers at Luton Airport.

Scotland Yard said the 21-year-old was stopped at about 11.15am after landing on a flight from Istanbul, Turkey.

She was arrested on suspicion of the preparation of acts of terrorism and is being held a police station in South London.

Airline back on track in time for summer schedule

Luton based airline Monarch say it's on course to return to profit this year following a rescue package of more than £100 million and hundreds of redundancies.

The carrier has reduced its fleet by eight planes to 34 and will end long-haul and charter flights this summer as it turns itself into a short-haul airline.

It was rescued last year by family investment firm Greybull Capital, who pumped £125 million into the loss-making company. The business also axed 700 jobs.

Monarch Airlines set to return to profit Credit: Press Association

Passenger plane diverts landing at Luton after private jet punctures tyre on runway

Luton Airport, where a passenger plane had to diverty a landing because another jet was stranded on the runway. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA wire.

A passenger plane had to divert its landing as it flew into Luton airport after another jet burst a tyre on the runway ahead of it.

The incoming EasyJet flight from Paphos, Cyprus, took the evasive action to avoid the private business plane.

The arriving plane was diverted to nearby Stansted Airport in Essex and four other flights were diverted as the damaged plane was towed away to a hangar.

Luton Airport said three passengers and three crew on the private plane were uninjured during the alert around 9.30pm on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman said: "The airport quickly resumed operations with aircraft arriving and departing as normal."

"easyJet can confirm that flight EZY2134 from Paphos to London Luton Airport yesterday, 14 January, performed a routine ‘go around’ procedure at Luton before diverting to Stansted, as a result of the temporary closure of the Luton runway.

This is a standard procedure and our pilots are highly trained in order to manage these kind of situations. The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is always easyJet's highest priority."

Coach transport on to Luton from Stansted was arranged for the passengers. While these circumstances were outside of the airline’s control, easyJet apologises to passengers for the inconvenience.”

– EasyJet Spokesperson

Luton Airport reports "busiest year ever"

Luton Airport says it's had its busiest year ever. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Luton airport has reported its busiest year ever.

About 10.5 million passengers passed through its gates in 2014 - an increase of 8% on the previous year.

The airport believes the boost is in part due to the introduction of 15 new routes.

Airport bosses have launched a £100 million plan to increase annual capacity to 18 million passengers by 2026.

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