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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.

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.

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

Referendum campaign lands at Stansted as 450 new jobs announced

Political rivals joins forces at Stansted airport in Essex to campaign for the UK to stay in the EU.

The Chancellor George Osborne has been in Essex claiming that leaving the EU would be a one way ticket to a poorer Britain.

He spoke alongside political opponents Labour's Ed Balls and Vince Cable from the Liberal Democrats as the Remain campaign staged an event at Stansted Airport.

They warned that Brexit could mean an end to cheap flights and threaten investment such as the new Ryanair training centre which will create 450 jobs.

The launch of the Vote Leave campaign in Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Vote Leave campaign pointed out that the Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said only a few months ago that Brexit would not cause fares to rise.

The Stansted announcement comes after more than 300 business leaders urged Britain to vote to leave the European Union, warning that the country's competitiveness is being undermined by its membership.

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, they argued that businesses will be "free to grow faster, expand into new markets and create more jobs" if they are unconstrained by EU rules.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson


Catch-up: ITV News Anglia's special programme on Stansted airport

ITV News Anglia marked 25 years of Stansted's iconic terminal with a special programme live from the airport. Credit: ITV News Anglia

After the Queen declared the Norman Foster terminal building at Stansted open on 15th March 1991 just over a million people a year were using the Essex airport.

In the years which followed a lot has changed. Stansted is now a major hub for low cost airlines and annual passenger numbers have risen to more than 23 million. The terminal has been extended twice.

To mark the 25-year anniversary, ITV News Anglia produced a special programme live from the busy terminal presented by Jonathan Wills and Becky Jago

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