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Stansted flights hit by power cut

A power outage has affected flights at Stansted Airport.

The problem, which was part of a general loss of power in the area, led to delays to outgoing and incoming flights at the Essex terminal.

However, no flights had to be diverted and power was eventually restored.

A Stansted spokeswoman said: "There was a power outage, not just here but in the areas around as well. We do have emergency generators which kicked in, but for a time there was no power at all and people weren't able to check in.

Some flights may still be subject to delay or cancellation. Passengers are being advised to check the status of flights with their airline.

French strike could affect flights

Some airlines have been told to reduce flights over French airspace Credit: ITV Anglia

Passengers using Stansted and Luton airports could face delays or cancellations today because of industrial action by French air traffic controllers.

Some carriers have been told to reduce the number of flights over French airspace.

The main runway at Stansted Credit: ITV Anglia

Passengers are being advised to check their airline's website before travelling.

The strike was due to start at six this morning and will end at eight this evening

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Man to appear in court over aircraft bomb hoax

A man is due to appear in court today charged with making a bomb hoax which led to an aircraft being diverted to Stansted Airport last week.

Alan Patey, 49, of no fixed address, was charged yesterday and will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court.

A 57-year-old man, who was also arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft, remains on police bail until tomorrow.

The plane from Sri Lanka was carrying more than two hundred passengers and crew.

It was heading to Heathrow when it was diverted to Stansted.

No one was injured in the incident.

Man released on bail after plane drama

One of the men arrested by police on suspicion of endangering an aircraft following an incident at Stansted Airport on Friday has been released on bail. The 57-year-old has to report back to police on Friday

A 49-year-old man also arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft is still being treated in hospital.

The plane from Sri Lanka was carrying more than two hundred passengers and crew. It was heading to Heathrow when it was diverted to Stansted. No one else was injured in the incident

Ryanair to increase flights by 50% at Stansted

Stansted airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

M.A.G, the new owners of Stansted airport and Ryanair have revealed a new 10 year expansion plan.

The growth agreement will see the airline increase the number of passengers it serves from just over 13 million a year to more than 18 million by 2018 and up to nearly 21 million by 2023.

The new agreement comes just six months after M.A.G took over the running of London Stansted.

Ryanair is Stansted's largest airline and serves more than 140 destinations.

Ken O'Toole, M.A.G's Chief Commercial Officer said. "The deal secures a new and exciting era for both Ryanair and Stansted and we are delighted to be supporting the airline's growth over the next 10-years. Over the next 5-years we want to make Stansted the best airport in London."

Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's Chief Executive, said." As Stansted's biggest airline, Ryanair looks forward to a decade of growing traffic, routes and jobs at Stansted."

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A busy weekend for our region's airports

Passengers at Luton Airport

Things are beginning to return to normal following a busy weekend on the region's roads, railways and runways.

Thousands of people were travelling over the bank holiday weekend.

It was one of the busiest weekends of the year for Stansted Airport, which dealt with around 250,000 passengers. Luton Airport saw around 140,000 passengers.

Decision expected on Stansted Airport strike

Stansted Airport

We should find out today if baggage handlers at Stansted Airport will strike over the August bank holiday weekend.

Talks between the GMB union and the company Mitie have been taking place over the past week.

Around 40 union members are due to take industrial action over four days from August 23rd in a row over pay.

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