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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.


Kids rule the roost when it comes to family holidays

Two-thirds of families in East Anglia compromise on holidays to keep the kids happy. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's long been assumed that when you become a parent, your kids come first. Now new research suggests it may be true, as least when it comes to family holidays.

The survey carried out by American Express says that 65% of people across East Anglia have compromised on where they want to go on holiday.

They might rule out multi-centre and long-haul destinations - in favour of where their children would like to go.

62% say they spend far longer planning their holiday and 55% abandon the idea of a holiday lie-in all together.

ITV News reporter Lauren Hall has been to Stansted Airport in Essex to test the findings

Stansted corridor growing 20% faster than the rest of the country

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.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

British Airways to launch Stansted flights in the summer

British Airways will fly to four European destinations. Credit: PA

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)
  • Ibiza
The fights from Stansted will start in May. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“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.”

– Andrew Harrison Stansted MANAGING DIRECTOR

Labour warns 400,000 jobs could be at risk in the East if we leave the EU

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.

Click below to hear from ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson


Stansted Airport records busiest November in its history

Passengers at Stansted Airport. Credit: PA

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 Thomas Cook cancels more flights to Sharm el Sheikh

Thomas Cook has cancelled all its flights and holidays to Sharm el Sheikh until November 25. Credit: Christoph Schmidt / PA wire.

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.

Stansted holiday jet 'avoided missile' two months ago

A Thomson plane reportedly once had to avoid a missile when landing at Sharm el-Sheikh Credit: Credit: PA

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."

WATCH: Sharm el-Sheikh holidaymakers land safely back at Luton Airport

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

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