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Stansted snow ploughs could well be needed - wintry weather reaches airport

Zoe Walker's photo from Stansted Airport. Credit: Zoe Walker / @floosieflossie

The snow ploughs at Stansted could well be called upon as the wintry weather reaches the Essex airport.

ITV News Anglia viewer Zoe Walker tweeted a photo of a car park where vehicles are gradually turning white.

She said: "Coming down thick and fast at Stansted Airport."

Snow sign so far - but Stansted Airport is prepared for the white stuff

The snow ploughs are ready at Stansted. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The snow may not have touched down yet - but Stansted Airport is already prepared.

These snow ploughs could be called into action later today if forecasts of the white stuff prove correct.

This morning, the Met Office updated its yellow weather warnings for snow and ice in the Anglia region on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

It is warning East Anglia could see disruption to road, rail and air services as well as interruptions to power supplies.

The snow ploughs are ready at Stansted. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

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Stansted to 'minimise' disruption during Christmas strikes

Swissport workers are going on strike. Credit: PA

Stansted Airport say they are working to minimise disruption for Christmas passengers following the announcement of strikes by Swissport workers.

More than 1,500 check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo crew at 18 airports will strike for 48 hours.

Members of Unite employed by Swissport will walk out on December 23 and 24.

A Stansted Airport spokesman said: "We are aware of this potential action and are contacting the airlines which use Swissport to understand their contingency plans to minimise any disruption were the strikes to go ahead."

Luton Airport is also looking into contingency plans for the strike.

"We are assessing the likely impact of the potential action and discussing contingencies with our relevant airline partners and Swissport in order to ensure passengers face minimal disruption should the strikes go ahead".

– Spokesperson, Luton Airport

Stansted Airport nears all-time passenger record

24 million people used Stansted Airport in the year leading up to September. Credit: ITV Anglia

More than 24 million passengers passed through Stansted Airport this year - for only the second time in its history.

Stansted says it’s closing in on its all-time passenger record.

In the 12 months up to September, 24,009,348 used the airport. That’s an 8.4% increase in the previous year and only 6,000 short of the record set in October 2007.

In September alone, nearly 2.2 million passengers passed through Stansted - up by 7% on the same time last year. It was the airport’s second busiest September.

“September was once again a strong month of passenger growth, despite the end of the traditional school holiday getaway, with volumes up nearly seven per cent over the same month last year.

This helped push the annual total tantalisingly close to Stansted’s all-time passenger high, a record I’m sure we will pass during this month.”

– Andrew Cowen, Chief Executive of Stansted Airport

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Ryanair to cut flights from Stansted due to Brexit

Ryanair has announced that it's going to cut flights from Stansted because of recent Brexit result Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ryanair says it's going to cut the capacity and frequency of many of its routes from Stansted airport this winter because of the Brexit result.

The airline want to focus more on growth at airports in the European Union in the next couple of years, rather than in the UK. They've reassured passengers that no routes will close completely though.

Plane directed into path of another aircraft by "over-worked" air controller

A plane from Stansted was directed into the path of another aircraft by an over-worked air traffic controller. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A plane from Stansted was directed into the path of another aircraft by an over-worked air traffic controller.

An official report found the pilots of the two aircraft had flown too close to each other over Essex, after the Boeing 737 had been told to climb.

An investigation found the air traffic controller had given the instruction to the wrong plane because of his high workload.

Ryanair cancels 166 flights because of French strike

Ryanair flights have been cancelled once again. Credit: PA

The Stansted-based airline Ryanair has cancelled 166 flights today to and from and over France because of another strike by French air traffic controllers.

It's the 52nd French strike since 2009 and Ryanair are calling on the European Commission to take action.

Ryanair says 30,000 customers have had their flights cancelled today and over 100,000 others will suffer severe delays.

It is time for action by the European Commission following this latest French ATC strike aimed at disrupting as many travel plans as possible.

The frequency of these strikes, right in the middle of the holiday season only serves to underline how urgent action is required to help reduce the impact of these strikes.

– Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair

Stansted-based Ryanair to cut fares by 7%

Michael O'Leary was delighted with the company's results. Credit: PA

Stansted-based airline Ryanair has revealed it plans to cut fares by 7% this year as annual profits soared.

The budget airline wants to reduce its prices in a bid to keep passengers flying despite concerns following terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.

The impact of the recent EgyptAir plane crash may further weaken the appetite for international travel over the coming months.

£959m
Ryanair's profits last year.

The cuts came as Ryanair posted profits after tax up 43% to £959 million in the year to March compared with a year ago.

The full-year to 2016 was a year in which we delivered significant traffic and profit growth in all four quarters.

– Michael O'Leary, Ryanair Chief Executive
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