A meeting at Stansted Airport has been hearing how the corridor along the M11 from London to Cambridge could be the key to unlocking massive economic growth for the region.
Experts say, with the right support, it could attract enough high-tech firms to rival anything anywhere else in the world.
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British Airways will start flying from Stansted Airport this summer, the airline has announced.
The flights will begin on May 28, with destinations including Faro in Portugal and Malaga in Spain.
British Airways destinations from Stansted
- Faro (Portugal)
- Malaga (Spain)
- Palma (Majorca)
“I am delighted to welcome British Airways to Stansted and very much look forward to the launch of its first ever scheduled flights from the airport in May this year.
Since we acquired Stansted, our focus has been on attracting a wider choice of airlines and these new services to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza are strong additions to our route network, which now covers over 170 destinations across Europe and North America.
I’m sure these routes will be very popular with passengers from across London, Cambridge and the growing east of England region who are looking to head off on their holidays. We look forward to working closely with British Airways to build a strong working relationship and ensure these new flights are a huge success.”
Labour are warning that billions of pounds of trade and 400,000 jobs in the East of England could be at risk if Britain chooses to leave the European Union when we vote in the Referendum.
The Party launched their East of England campaign to keep Britain in the EU today at Stansted Airport, saying it's more important to our region than anywhere else.
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Stansted Airport has experienced the busiest November in its history as over 1.7 million passengers passed through the terminal, an increase of 6.9% over the same month last year.
The previous record for November was set in 2006 when just over 1.65 million passengers used the airport.
The total number of passengers using Stansted in the year ending November 2015 was 22.4 million, up 13.6% over the previous 12 months.
Peterborough-based travel company Thomas Cook has cancelled all flights and holidays to Sharm el Sheikh until November 25.
Customers due to travel up to Thursday December 10 will be offered the chance to re-book their trips or cancel them.
Meanwhile two Thomas Cook flights will depart Sharm el Sheikh this evening, bringing holidaymakers back to the UK.
A British aircraft carrying 189 passengers from Stansted Airport had a near-miss with a military missile when landing at Sharm el-Sheikh airport just over two months ago, it has emerged.
The incident has come to light as British tourists in the Egyptian resort begin to return home following the grounding of flights amid security fears.
Reports of the incident say the Thomson aircraft had to take evasive action but landed safely. Thomson reported the incident to the Department for Transport.
A UK government spokesperson told ITV News: "We investigated the reported incident at the time and concluded that it was not a targeted attack and was likely to be connected to routine exercises being conducted by the Egyptian military in the area at the time."
An easyJet flight carrying 179 passengers from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt has safely arrived back at Luton Airport.
easyJet had hoped to fly out hundreds more tourists on nine flights, but in the end the Egyptian authorities only allowed two to depart.
The other has gone to Gatwick. EasyJet hope to lay on more flights tomorrow.
Click below to see the flight land
easyJet have confirmed that their flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to Luton Airport has just taken off.
@easyjet are pleased to confirm that EZY9398 to London Luton has departed from Sharm El Sheikh with 179 passengers on board
The EZY9398 flight is due to arrive back in Bedfordshire at around 16:00.
There are 179 passengers on board.
Crowds of British tourists continue to be stranded at Sharm el-Sheikh airport as they await news following reports that Egyptian authorities have suspended UK rescue flights entering the airport.
One easyJet fight will be allowed to return to Luton Airport today from Sharm el-Sheikh, but the rest will be cancelled.
Another flight to Gatwick will also still go ahead.
Egyptian authorities have suspended "rescue flights" back to the UK according to the budget airline.
It was hoped that easyJet and other airlines would be able to resume some of its flights from Sharm el-Sheikh today but those plans have been scuppered.
Which flight has been allowed back?
- EZY9398 Sharm el-Sheikh to London Luton
Which flights have been cancelled?
- EZY9555 Sharm el-Sheikh to London Luton
- EZY9333 Sharm el-Sheikh to London Luton
- EZY9666 Sharm el-Sheikh to London Stansted
- EZY2398 Sharm el-Sheikh to London Luton
“Whilst this is outside of our control we would like to apologise to customers for the delay.
All customers will be provided with hotel accommodation and we are keeping them informed. We would advise passengers also to check Flight Tracker for updates.”