Live updates


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.


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.

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

Load more updates