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Architects say Thames Hub is airport answer

The Foster and Partners plan for a Thames Hub airport

A leading firm of architects says a new airport in the Thames estuary would solve the need for more runway capacity in the East of England.

Designers at Foster and Partners have drawn up plans for a four runway Thames Hub airport which they say would cost £20 billion to build.

Foster and Partners designed the Stansted expansion programme in the 1980s Credit: ITV Anglia

Earlier this week a group of economists said building an extra runway at Stansted would contribute almost £6 billion a year to the region's economy

EasyJet trials volcanic ash technology

It's no heavier than a bag of sugar, but could help prevent a repeat of the travel chaos that affected thousands of us back in 2010.

EasyJet, which operates hundreds of flights a day from Stansted and Southend, has been trialling a new piece of technology, to help them detect and avoid volcanic ash.

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Report: extra runway could create 30,000 jobs

Stansted Airport Credit: PA

A leading economic forecaster has published a new report that suggests an extra runway at Stansted Airport would create more than 30,000 jobs in the East of England.

Oxford Economics, who carried out the research on behalf of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium, also found an extra runway would add £5.9 bn to the UK economy every year.

At the moment Stansted generates £750m and supports 14 thousand jobs.

Stars at Stansted

Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan filming at Stansted Credit: Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport has been used as a location for a new movie starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

A 200 strong cast and crew descended upon the airport to shoot scenes for the drama Philomena which opens in cinemas on Friday 1st November.

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Baggage handlers vote for strike action

Stansted Airport Credit: PA Images

Baggage handlers and check-in staff at a company serving four airports including Stansted have voted to strike in a row over pay.

Unite said its members at Swissport backed industrial action by 94 percent in a turnout of just over 50 percent.

The union said it has 1,000 members at the firm, based at Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester and Stansted airports.

Talks will be held on Wednesday (16 October) to try to resolve the dispute.

Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said: "The dispute centres on the company's decision to freeze workers' pay for 18 months, from April 2012 through to October 2013, followed by a below inflation increase of just 2.5 percent."

Stansted alert update

A security scare which saw an easyJet aircraft make an unscheduled landing at Stansted Airport appears to have been a false alarm.

The airline says it received information from the British authorities about a passenger aboard the flight from Hamburg to Luton which caused it to be diverted.

It would appear that when Essex Police boarded and searched the aircraft the person wasn't there.

The airline says the Airbus involved in the alert will take on fuel at Stansted before flying on to Luton.

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