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Fog alert across the region with delays at airports

A further Met Office yellow warning has been issued for thick fog across the Anglia region as weather conditions cause delays and cancellations at airports.

Stansted airport in Essex says that heavy fog is affecting flights to and from the airport leading to delays and cancellations. It is advising passengers to check with airlines and allow extra time for journeys to the airport.

Fog is delaying flights to and from Stansted airport. Credit: London Stansted

Flights into and out of Luton airport are also affected by fog.

The airport says there have been a number of delays to arrivals and departures. Passengers are advised to check in as normal.

The Met Office weather warning is in force until 10am on Saturday 31 December.

Area covered by the yellow weather warning for thick fog. Credit: Met Office

"Areas of fog have persisted in places through Friday and are expected to become more widespread and freezing in places again on Friday night and into Saturday morning.

"Driving conditions will be difficult with journeys likely to take longer than usual and delays to air travel possible.

"Fog and freezing fog patches with visibility less than 100 metres in places are expected to become more widespread."

– Met Office

A million passengers due at Stansted over Christmas

Stansted airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted airport is gearing up for what is expected to be one of their busiest Christmas getaways, with over one million passengers expected to travel over the festive period.

December 23 is set to be the busiest departure day before Christmas.

"It is forecast to be one of the busiest ever Christmas getaways with over 1.2 million passengers passing through the airport during the holiday period, we would still advise passengers to allow plenty of time for their journey to the airport and prepare for security checks before they leave home to avoid any unnecessary delays."

– Daniel Gallo, Stansted's Customer Service Director

Man arrested on suspicion of terror offence at Stansted airport bailed

The man was arrested at Stansted airport Credit: PA

A man arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of a terrorist offence has been bailed.

The 41-year-old was detained on Friday on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist attacks. Met Police said he's alleged to have travelled to Syria.

He's been released on bail until January.

It's the second terror-related arrest at the airport in a week - a 49 year old was held on Monday.

Man arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts

Stansted airport Credit: PA

A 41-year-old-man has been arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.

He arrived at the airport yesterday and was arrested under the Terrorism Act.

The arrest is related to suspected travel to Syria.

The suspect has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.

This is the second time in one week that a man has been arrested on suspicion of preparing a terrorist act at Stansted Airport.


Man arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of preparing terrorist act

Stansted airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 49-year-old man has been arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of preparing for a terrorist act.

The suspect, from south Essex, had been travelling back from Istanbul.

The Metropolitan Police said the arrest did not concern activities in the UK and have searched an address in south Essex in relation to the inquiry.

He's been bailed until February.

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

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.

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