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Essex: Passenger numbers top 20 million at Stansted for the first time since 2009

More and more passengers are using Stansted Airport according to new figures. Credit: PA

More and more passengers are using Stansted Airport according to new figures.

Over 326,000 customers passed through the Essex airport last month - a rise of more than 28% compared with the same time last year.

Stansted handled just over 20 million passengers in the 12 months ending in January - that's a 13% rise.

It's also the first time that the airport has recorded such figures since 2009.

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Stansted airports tips for flying this Christmas

820,000 people are expected to use Stansted airport over Christmas Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted airport has issued special guidelines for thousands of passengers heading off for Christmas.

They include not wrapping presents to go in hand luggage.

820,000 people are expected to travel between now and January 2nd.

The most popular destinations are Dublin, Barcelona, the Canary islands and Rome.

Monday 22nd December is predicted to be the busiest day with 37,500 passengers forecast to fly.

"Good preparation is key for any journey and as we approach the busy festive getaway we want to help passengers jet off as effortlessly as possible so we have prepared 12 take off tips to help them on their way."

– Karen Smart, Director of Customer Service
  • Check hand luggage is correct size
  • Put hand luggage liquids in clear plastic sealed bags with no container over 100ml
  • Visit www.stanstedairport.com/security for up to date advice on what you can take
  • Don't wrap presents in hand luggage as they may need to be unwrapped by security
  • Crackers and party poppers can't go in hand luggage
  • Check timetable alterations for public transport
  • Check for planned roadworks and pre-book parking
  • Leave plenty of time to get to the airport
  • At security - remove all electricals and liquids from hand luggage
  • And remove coats, belts and empty pockets
  • Once through security - Keep an eye on flight information screens
  • When you have a gate number, make your way there

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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Transport Minister calls for explanation of airport disruption

Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin says he has asked for a full explanation for Friday's "simply unacceptable" aviation disruption caused by a problem at the NATS air traffic control centre in southern England.

Flights were cancelled or delayed at airports including Stansted in Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of passengers at Stansted and Luton airports faced delays and cancellations, after London airspace closed for more than an hour on Friday afternoon. The disruption carried on well into the evening.

A spokesperson for NATS said: "We are investigating the cause of this fault but can confirm that it was not due to a power outage."

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Passengers warned to expect more flight delays today

Air traffic control company NATS warned passenger that it will take some time for flight scheduling to fully recover despite their computer systems having been restored.

Following a technical failure at Swanwick, the system has been restored.

However, it will take time for operations across the UK to recover so passengers should contact their airline for the status of their flight.

We apologise for any delays and the inconvenience this may have caused.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

– NATS

Stansted flights about to resume on restricted basis, but severe delays still likely

All departing flight from Stansted Airport have been suspended due to a computer failure affecting London airspace. Credit: PA

All departing flight from Stansted Airport have been suspended due to a computer failure affecting London airspace.

The airport is allowing flights to land, but not to take off currently - although that could soon change.

The issue has been caused by a technical problem at the southern England headquarters of air traffic control company NATS.

NATS now say that the computer system has been restored, but severe delays are still likely.

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London flight delays airport by airport

Heathrow

  • Allowing some arrivals but departures are suspended

Gatwick

  • Allowing arrivals, all departures delayed

Stansted

  • All departing flights currently suspended

London City Airport

  • All incoming flights are landing, no departures until further notice

Luton

  • Has confirmed flights affected but no more detail

Flights suspended at Stansted Airport due to problems with air traffic control

Flights have been thrown into chaos after a technical problem at the southern England headquarters of air traffic control company NATS. Credit: PA

Flights have been thrown into chaos after a technical problem at the southern England headquarters of air traffic control company NATS.

It means that London airspace is now restricted.

Flights out of Stansted Airport have been suspended.

There are also delays at Luton Airport.

Air traffic management company Eurocontrol said there had been "a failure" at the Swanwick air traffic control centre and airports would not be able to accept any traffic until 7pm UK time.

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