A plane flying from Jersey to London City Airport has had to be diverted to London Southend Airport due to 'technical difficulties'.
The 'Blue Islands' plane requested permission to land at Southend at around 8.30am.
It landed safely at 9.00am and was met by emergency services.
They were stood down shortly after landing and all 28 passengers onboard left the plane safely and are now being taken to London City Airport.
Police in Essex have lifted cordons at Southend Airport after a suspicious package was found to contain rubbish and old clothes.
The airport was evacuated after emergency crews were called at about 10.40am.
Bomb disposal teams inspected the bag, which had been left on a roundabout near the airport approach road, and found it to be harmless.
Roads were reopened shortly before 1pm and police say traffic congestion in the area is expected to clear soon.
It is not thought that two loud bangs heard at the time were related to the incident.
Southend Airport has been evacuated as bomb disposal teams deal with a suspect package at the terminal.
Essex Police were called at about 10.40am today after airport staff discovered the unattended bag on a roundabout near the airport approach road.
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team has been called to the scene.
One passenger reported hearing two loud bangs at about 12pm.
There is disruption to flights in and out of Southend Airport due to a police investigation.
A suspect package has been found.
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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.
Work is underway to increase the number of check in desks at Southend Airport and building a covered walkway directly connecting the train station and the terminal building.
The project is due to be finished in early 2014.
Southend Airport has been rated the best in the UK by a passenger survey
In a poll of more than 11,000 passengers conducted by Which? magazine, the Essex terminal scored the highest marks in an assessment of 10 separate areas. It had an overall customer score of 84%.
The survey looked at areas like the speed of check-in, airport security, passport control, information and navigation, and airport design.
London Southend Airport Operations Director David Lister said “This is wonderful news and testament to all the hard work that the team here at London Southend has put in.
"We think our unique promises to passengers – that they should wait no more than 4-minutes to go through security and that, on arrival with hand baggage, they are on the rail station platform within 15 minutes of leaving the aircraft- is what has been a big part of our success over the last year."
It wasn't such good news for Luton Airport though. It came bottom of the survey scoring only 43%.
The survey also showed that Stansted Airport had the longest average check-in desk waiting times in England and Southend the shortest. The consumer magazine Which? said smaller airports had generally performed better.
Air traffic control problems are causing some delays at Southend airport but not all flights are affected.
The airport says: "The advice to passengers is to keep an eye on our website, with our live departures board."
Southend Airport's first annual report reveals that it's met all of its environmental targets such as noise pollution and air quality.
The new terminal opened in March last year. Since then almost a million passenger have passed through its doors.