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Flights 'getting back to normal' following computer failure

Flights from the region's airports are returning to normal today following a computer failure at the headquarters of UK air traffic control company Nats yesterday. Luton Airport is reporting 'risidual delays' and Stansted is running flights to schedule.

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Rising prospects for airlines boosts prosperity in East of England

Ryanair, which has its main UK base at Stansted Airport in Essex, has announced half yearly profits are up by a third.

Meanwhile Luton-based Easyjet, says strong passenger demand at the Bedfordshire airport has enabled it to launch six new routes with more on the way.

Thousands of people are employed in the airline industry across the Anglia region and travel experts say increasingly it's driving prosperity here.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey


New flights from Luton

New easyJet flights

People who use Luton Airport can travel to new destinations from Monday. easyJet is introducing new routes to Munich, Lyon and Copenhagen.

November 2014 also sees the start of year-long celebrations to mark the company's 20th anniversary. The airline accounts for 44% of the airport's customers.

Flights resume at Luton airport following security alert

The airport had been evacuated with all flights suspended and roads shut following the discovery of a suspicious item in the security search area. Credit: PA Images

Flights at Luton airport have now resumed after yesterday's security alert. The area was effectively shut down in the afternoon while bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on an object found in the security area. Many inbound flights were redirected to Stansted and Birmingham.

Late last night, a spokesman for Luton Airport said:

"Flights in and out of London Luton Airport have now resumed following the earlier evacuation due to a security alert.

"We are working hard throughout the night and into tomorrow morning when we expect operations to return to normal."

– Spokesperson, Luton Airport

Luton Airport security alert - latest

Luton based airline Easyjet has cancelled all flights out of the airport until Tuesday morning, following a security aleart earlier. A suspicious package was found in the security area at about 1.30pm, prompting an evacuation and the effective closure of the airport. Other flights have been diverted to Stansted and Birmingham.


Luton airport to resume flights after controlled explosion

Luton Airport preparing to re-open

Luton Airport is set to re-open, although there are likely to be delays for the rest of the evening.

The airport has just released this statement:

The police have successfully concluded their investigation inside the terminal and have confirmed that the Airport is now safe for normal operations to resume. Airport staff are now working hard to re-open the terminal and get flights moving as soon as possible. We thank passengers for their patience and advise they contact their airlines for latest flight information.

– Luton Airport

Luton airport to re-open soon but delays expected

Bedfordshire police issued the following statement:

"London Luton Airport is in the process of reopening following a security alert that took place earlier this afternoon.

"Officers were called to the departure terminal at 1.36pm after airport security raised concerns about an item that was passed through a security check in keeping with the airport’s policies and procedures.

"Members of the public were evacuated from the terminal area as a safety precaution while the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team were called in to undertake the necessary checks required.

"A controlled explosion was conducted at 5.15pm and it was confirmed that the item destroyed, although deemed suspicious, did not present a wider danger.

Bedfordshire Police can confirm that no one has been arrested in relation to this incident."

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