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No explosives found on easyJet plane diverted to Germany

Cologne-Bonn airport in Germany Credit: AP

German police said no explosives were found on board a Stansted-bound easyJet flight from Slovenia that was diverted when the pilot was alerted to a "suspicious conversation" with "terrorist content".

Three British men were arrested after the flight was diverted to Cologne-Bonn Airport in Germany yesterday afternoon. They have since been released.

A backpack belonging to the men was blown up by police, but wasn't found to have contained explosives.

All 151 passengers on board were evacuated from the plane down emergency slides

Flights were suspended at the airport for three hours and passengers only arrived back at Stansted this afternoon.

Terror suspect arrested at Stansted appears in court

Aweys Faqey Credit: PA

A terror suspect who was arrested at Stansted Airport has appeared in court.

Somalian-born Aweys Faqey, of north London, is charged with preparing acts of terrorism after he was arrested on May 23.

Faqey has lived in the UK since 2013. He has a wife and give children in the Netherlands, and a wife and child in Kenya.

He has been remanded into custody.


Ryanair flight diverted due to 'disruptive passenger'

The flight was travelling from Sofia to London Stansted Credit: PA

A 'disruptive passenger' has forced a Stansted-bound flight to be diverted to Austria.

The flight from Bulgaria stopped in the Austrian city of Linz and a 46-year-old Bulgarian national was handed over to police.

Austrian state broadcaster ORF say the disruption was 'alcohol-related'.

The aircraft landed normally and the passenger was removed and detained by police upon arrival, before the aircraft continued to London Stansted shortly after.

We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.

– Ryanair spokesman

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.


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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