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Milestone in £80m Stansted Airport refurbishment

Stansted Airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

The £80m re-furbishment of Stansted Airport has reached another milestone with a new security search section opening.

The new area has more lanes, which will speed up the search process with separate access for families and disabled people.

The next phase of work to re-develop the international departures lounge is now also underway.

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Stop Stansted Expansion group 'relieved' after Stansted Airport not earmarked for expansion

The Stop Stansted Expansion group say that they are "relieved" that Stansted Airport has not been shortlisted as a potential site for expansion in today's Airports Commission interim report.

"We are obviously greatly relieved that Stansted is not on the shortlist.

The environmental consequences of even one extra runway would have been catastrophic and the fact is that there has never been a viable business case for any extra runways at Stansted.

The airport currently operates at less than half of its potential capacity.

We must now show solidarity with the communities around Heathrow and Gatwick and support their efforts in resisting the threat that they now face."

– – BRIAN ROSS, ECONOMICS ADVISER, STOP STANSTED EXPANSION

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Pair cleared over Stansted bomb threat: Judge critical of "tenuous" trial

Judge Charles Gratwicke has described the trial of two men who were accused of endangering an aircraft that had to be diverted to Stansted Airport in Essex as "tenuous and peppered with inconsistencies''.

Tayyab Subhani and Mohammed Safdar were cleared at at Chelmsford Crown Court this morning.

The judge added:

"Under the circumstances no jury can properly convict these men."

– Judge Charles Gratwicke

Read more: Pair cleared of threatening to blow up diverted Stansted plane

Pair cleared of threatening to blow up diverted Stansted plane

Tayyab Subhani and Mohammed Safdar arrive at Chelmsford Crown Court this morning.
Tayyab Subhani and Mohammed Safdar arrive at Chelmsford Crown Court this morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two men have been cleared of threatening to blow up a plane that was diverted to Stansted Airport in May.

Tayyab Subhani and Mohammed Safdar were found to not be guilty of endangering the aircraft at Chelmsford Crown Court this morning.

Steward tells court that a passenger threatened to kill him on board diverted Stansted flight

The diverted jet.
The diverted jet. Credit: ITV News

A senior flight steward on board the Pakistan International Airlines flight which was diverted to Stansted on May 24 this year has told Chelmsford Crown Court that he and his family have been very worried since alleged threats were made against him.

Ghulan Shabir Mahar has been telling the jury his account of what happened in the air.

He said he asked Mohammed Safdar to return to his seat three times after he came forward offering to help an ill passenger.

He described how Safdar became angry and said "I'll finish you. I will kill you."

Mr Mahar said other passengers became aware of the situation and were asking him to return to his seat.

He alleges Mr Safdar replied "everyone sit down. No one should come near me otherwise I will blow up everyone."

42-year-old Mohammed Safdar and 30-year-old Tayyab Subhani were arrested when flight PK 709 from Lahore to Manchester was diverted to Stansted and police went on board.

Mr Mahar claims that Mr Subhani encouraged his friend and said "We will see you. We will fix you anywhere in Pakistan or we will find you anywhere."

The two men deny endangering the safety of an aircraft. The trial continues.

Plans for new hub-airport

by Emma Hutchinson

Plans have been unveiled for a new hub-airport in the Thames estuary, to the east of London, to tackle growing airport capacity problems.

Last year the government set up the UK Airports Commission to look at options for expansion in southern England. Since then bosses at Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow have expressed their desire to build more runways.

Now, designs for a massive floating airport are in the spotlight. But if it goes ahead, would Stansted miss out? Our Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson reports.

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