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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.

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

Stansted Airport passenger numbers at 7-year high

Stansted Airport has had its best year in 7 years Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted Airport has had its best year in 7 years when it comes to passenger numbers.

From April 2014 to April 2015 over twenty million people flew into or out of the terminal.

It's the first time since May 2009 that Stansted has passed the twenty-one million mark in a 12-month period.

The airport handled 1.91 million passengers last month Credit: ITV News Anglia

The airport handled 1.91 million passengers last month - a 10.7% rise on April 2014 and the best April at the Essex airport since 2007.


Man on bail following 'suspicious incident' at Stansted

A man has been arrested following an incident outside Stansted Airport this afternoon.

Stansted Airport Credit: PA Images

A man arrested following an incident outside Stansted Airport last night (Friday, March 13) has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The 21-year-old from Enfield was arrested on suspicion of public order offences. After he was arrested he was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment where he remains.

A green Ford Fiesta was driven into the security barrier outside Enterprise House in Thremhall Avenue just after 4.30pm yesterday. It was searched by army bomb disposal teams and found to be safe. Cordons put in place by police were lifted by 10pm.

Stansted says sorry after plane mix-up sparks long delays

Passengers queuing to go through security at Stansted Airport Credit: Rob Treloar

Stansted Airport has apologised to passengers for delays and says a full investigation will be held into how a plane came to offload its passengers at wrong gate.

The Ryanair plane landing from Lisbon at 9.20am went to a departure gate instead of one designated for arrivals. The incident sparked long delays as hundreds of passengers already in the departure lounge had to go through security again, causing long backlogs that lasted into the afternoon.

Some passengers tweeted they had been delayed for two or three hours.

The airport said things were returning to normal by the middle of the afternoon.

With incidents of this type we always look to carry out a thorough investigation into precisely what happened.'

– Stansted Airport
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