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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."

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.


Stansted Airport workers set to strike

Baggage screeners set to strike over August bank holiday Credit: ITV News Anglia

Workers at Stansted Airport have voted to go on strike this Bank Holiday weekend in a dispute over pay.

According to the GMB Union, which represents baggage screeners at outsourcing company Mitie. The strike has been called after overtime and night time pay rates were cut.

Pair deny endangering plane forced to land at Stansted

Two men have denied endangering an aircraft which had to be diverted to Stansted following an alert.

Tayyab Subhani, 30, and Mohammed Safdar, 41, both of Nelson in Lancashire, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today.

They were on a Pakistan International Airways flight originally bound for Manchester Airport when the alleged incident took place in May.

The aircraft was forced to land at the Essex airport.

The pair are expected to face trial in November.


Disruption continues on Greater Anglia services. Trains are currently suspended from Bishop's Stortford and Hertford East into London Liverpool Street. A limited bus service is now running between Broxbourne/Cheshunt and Enfield Town.

The Stansted Express service is also suspended. Trains are only running between Stansted and Bishop's Stortford. A limited bus service is running between Stansted Airport and Witham to connect with other services into London Liverpool Street.

The disruption is because of overhead line problems. The disruption is expected until 3.30pm this afternoon.

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