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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

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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.

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

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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

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.

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