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Stansted airport has busiest ever February

Stansted airport in Essex has had its busiest February on record. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted airport in Essex has had its busiest February on record with 1.69 million passengers passing through the terminal.

The number of passengers at London's third airport has been growing month on month for nearly two years. The figure for February was up 15% on 2015.

Nearly 23 million passengers used Stansted in the past year, the highest annual total since 2008.

“This strong demand continues to be driven by record numbers of passengers on each flight arriving and departing from Stansted plus airlines increasing capacity on key routes including Berlin, Cologne, Prague and the Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

“Stansted is the UK’s fastest growing major airport at the heart of the UK’s innovation corridor and we remain focused on providing passengers with even more choice of airlines and destinations to better serve our region’s needs.”

– Andrew Harrison, Stansted Managing Director
Stansted has seen nearly 23 million passengers in the past 12 months making it the busiest year since 2008. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Last month British Airways announced it would start flying from the Essex airport to four popular holiday destinations and has just added a weekly flight to Berlin.

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Student arrested at Stansted Airport over terrorism offences to face trial at Old Bailey

Cubeyda Jama was arrested at Stansted Airport on February 5. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A student arrested at Stansted Airport - allegedly on his way to join Islamic State in Syria - will face trial at the Old Bailey.

Cubeyda Jama, 19, from Thornton Heath, was on a flight bound for Bucharest in Romania when he was stopped by police on Friday.

The Middlesex University student, who is originally from Finland and is of Somali descent, is charged with the preparation of terrorist acts.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning and was remanded in custody. He will appear at the Old Bailey on February 19.

"He was arrested on the 5th February, he was taking a flight to Bucharest which the Crown says was the first step to eventually joining Daesh, formally known as Isis or Isil."

– David Cawthorne, prosecutor.

Overnight closures on M11 as £4.7m improvements begin

Queues of traffic on the M11. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Weeks of roadworks on the M11 begin today - closing the southbound carriageway over night.

The first phase of the £4.7m improvements will be based around junction 8 at Stansted Airport.

The road will be closed from 10pm until 6am for the next two weeks while resurfacing is carried out.

Highways England has warned the work - which will last until the summer - will cause some disruption but insists the improvements will lead to better safety and smoother journeys on the M11.

"We understand this package of schemes will cause some disruption for drivers and we have planned to carry out the work overnight to reduce the impact.

"We have been working with Stansted Airport about these works but I would urge holiday makers and motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time in case of any delays."

– Jennie Fraser, Highways England project manager.

At the end of February, work will take place on the M11 at junction 7, with road marking, barrier renewal and resurfacing work being done on the A120 between Trinity and Stansted.

Busiest day before Christmas at Stansted Airport

The departures board at Stansted Airport. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Today is set to be one of the busiest days of the year at Stansted Airport - with more than 40,000 people flying off to 170 destinations ahead of Christmas.

But it will be topped just a few days later - on December 30 - when even more passengers will travel out of the Essex terminal.

In total nearly one million people will use the airport between December 18 and January 2.

Trains and roads are also likely to be very busy.

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Recruitment drive at Stansted following recent expansion

Stansted Airport. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A massive jobs fair is taking place at Stansted aiport today.

Nearly 50 employers will be there offering everything from pilot and cabin crew positions to retail jobs.

The airport is the biggest single employment site in the East of England and home to more than 11,600 workers.

But it now needs more workers to cope with its recent expansion.

Airlines under pressure to help with the cost of training pilots

James Richardson from Cambridge has just started on the Future Pilot Programme. Credit: ITV News

Becoming a pilot is a dream job for many but, at a cost of more than a hundred thousand pounds, it's not easy to turn that dream into reality.

Pilot training is expensive and there's pressure on airlines to do more to help. But if you are thinking about it there are a number of opportunities out there, with one airline running a sponsored training scheme.

ITV News reporter Lauren Hall has been speaking to some of the new recruits from the Anglia region

Several knives seized at Stansted murder scene

Several knives have been seized from the scene of two murders at Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives investigating the murders of a man and a woman at a house in Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex have seized several knives from the scene.

It's been revealed that 54-year-old Gillian Phillips died from multiple stab wounds at a house in Bentfield Gardens on Wednesday 22 July.

It's believed David Oakes, 60, died from head injuries.

Brett Rogers, 23, of no fixed address, has been charged with two counts of murder and has been remanded in custody. A provisional trial date has been set for February 2016.

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Four men in an Essex pub come up with spoof version of Hollywood blockbuster Ant-Man

A group of friends from Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex have made a spoof film about comic-book superhero Ant-Man.

Marvel Entertainment are releasing their big budget film of the same name but four men in a pub came up with their own alternative.

The amateur video 'The Search for Ant-Man' has become an internet phenomenon.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

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