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Stansted airport has busiest October with £2.1 million passengers

Stansted airport saw £2.1 million passenegrs passing through in October Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted airport has had its busiest October on record with £2.1 million passengers passing through the terminal.

The number of passengers at London's third airport has been growing month on month for nearly three years. The figure for October was up 6% on 2015.

More than 24 million passengers used Stansted in the past year, the highest annual total since 2007.

“Looking ahead, we have already invested over £150 million to improve passenger facilities but with runway capacity available that means we could add another 20 million passengers a year we are now looking at how we can increase our terminal capacity, including new schemes which will give us more terminal space, improved passenger services as well as additional aircraft parking stands."

– Stansted Airport’s CEO, Andrew Cowan

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Crash closes M11 in both directions

Traffic at a standstill on the M11 near Bishop's Stortford Credit: Joe Sharpe

Highways England says the M11 is closed in both directions after a crash south of Stansted Airport. It's warning people heading to the airport they might need to take an alternative route.

Highways England say it could take until 8pm to clear the crash and traffic is unlikely to return to normal until around 9pm.

Ryanair flights cancelled following Italian strike

Ryanair plane Credit: PA

Passengers are facing major disruption due to a strike by Italian air traffic controllers, with a number of Ryanair flights cancelled.

8 flights departing and arriving at Stansted Airport in Essex have been cancelled.

List of cancelled flights to and From Stansted:

  • FR232- London Stansted to Alghero
  • FR972- London Stansted to Genoa
  • FR3015- Rome Ciampino to London Stansted
  • FR4195- Milan(Bergamo) to London Stansted
  • FR231- Alghero to London Stansted
  • FR973- Genoa to London Stansted
  • FR4196- London Stansted to Milan(Bergamo)
  • FR3014- London Stansted to Rome Ciampino

Ryanair have warned that further delays and cancellations are likely and advise passengers to check the status of their flight.

450 jobs created in new Ryanair training centre at Stansted

Vince Cable, George Osborne and Ed Balls Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's emerged 450 jobs will be created at a new Ryanair training Centre to be based at Stansted Airport.

The airline's boss Michael O'Leary announced the investment at the airport as part of a stronger in Europe event alongside George Osborne, Vince Cable and Ed Balls.

However Leave campaigners have accused Mr O'Leary of hypocrisy quoting speeches he made in 2011 criticising the EU.

Greek strike could ground flights at Stansted & Luton

Stansted Airport. Credit: PA

Both Stansted and Luton Airports are warning that flights to Greece could be cancelled or delayed because of a strike by Air Traffic Controllers there.

It started at 9pm last night and is due to end at the same time tonight.

Passengers are being urged to check before they travel.

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Catch-up: ITV News Anglia's special programme on Stansted airport

ITV News Anglia marked 25 years of Stansted's iconic terminal with a special programme live from the airport. Credit: ITV News Anglia

After the Queen declared the Norman Foster terminal building at Stansted open on 15th March 1991 just over a million people a year were using the Essex airport.

In the years which followed a lot has changed. Stansted is now a major hub for low cost airlines and annual passenger numbers have risen to more than 23 million. The terminal has been extended twice.

To mark the 25-year anniversary, ITV News Anglia produced a special programme live from the busy terminal presented by Jonathan Wills and Becky Jago

Stansted airport has busiest ever February

Stansted airport in Essex has had its busiest February on record. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted airport in Essex has had its busiest February on record with 1.69 million passengers passing through the terminal.

The number of passengers at London's third airport has been growing month on month for nearly two years. The figure for February was up 15% on 2015.

Nearly 23 million passengers used Stansted in the past year, the highest annual total since 2008.

“This strong demand continues to be driven by record numbers of passengers on each flight arriving and departing from Stansted plus airlines increasing capacity on key routes including Berlin, Cologne, Prague and the Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

“Stansted is the UK’s fastest growing major airport at the heart of the UK’s innovation corridor and we remain focused on providing passengers with even more choice of airlines and destinations to better serve our region’s needs.”

– Andrew Harrison, Stansted Managing Director
Stansted has seen nearly 23 million passengers in the past 12 months making it the busiest year since 2008. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Last month British Airways announced it would start flying from the Essex airport to four popular holiday destinations and has just added a weekly flight to Berlin.

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