Airport goes back to basics

Stansted Airport is going back in time by using Suffolk Punch Horses to help manage its ancient woodland just beyond the end of the runway.

Christmas getaway in the East begins

It's expected to be the busiest travelling day of the festive period today, as millions begin their Christmas getaway.

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Saffron Walden and Stansted in most desirable district

Stansted airport - in Uttlesford district: Britain's most desirable rural area Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Britain's most desirable rural area to live has been named as Uttlesford in Essex - home to the historic town of Saffron Walden as well as Stansted Airport.

Uttlesford helped to push last year's winner, Waverley in Surrey, into third place for 2014, with South Northamptonshire ranked second in Halifax's annual rural quality of life survey.

Popular with both tourists and commuters with its close links to London and Cambridge, the district of Uttlesford was formed in 1974 when several boroughs merged.

As well as being the setting for Saffron Walden, which has been hailed as one of the finest preserved examples of a medieval market town in the country and whose attractions include a museum and mazes, Uttlesford also cradles the towns of Thaxted and Great Dunmow.

Another reason people flock to Uttlesford is to pass through Stansted Airport, which employs over 10,000 people and is the fourth-busiest airport in the UK, with around 17.5 million passengers a year.

Man, 21, arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences was coming back from Turkey

A 21-year-old man, who was stopped by police at Stansted Airport, has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences.

The man, who was on his way back from Turkey, was taken to a London police station where he remains in custody.

In the early hours of this morning, he was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism offences.

The arrest was not in response to any immediate threat or risk.

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It was runners rather than planes at Stansted Airport this morning

A team of runners took-off on a very early morning run along Stansted Airport’s runway today to raise funds for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, the airport’s charity partner.

At 3am nearly 100 airport staff and Air Ambulance supporters sprinted, jogged and walked the 6km course for the fun run along the airport’s 3048 metre long runway.

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Stansted Airport's £80 million redevelopment

Passengers queue at Stansted Airport
Passengers queue at Stansted Airport Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Stansted Airport is to redevelop its main terminal after its new owners decided to invest millions of pounds to improve the facilities.

The Manchester Airports Group will spend £40 million to expand the departure lounge and improve the security area. A further £40 million is expected from the private sector.

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin welcomed the news saying "just three months into its ownership of the airport MAG has shown it is prepared to invest in the infrastructure to improve passenger services and provide new facilities".

"That's not just good news for travellers, it's also good news for the country" he added.

Two men in court over Stansted plane drama

PIA flight at Stansted Airport
The PIA flight was diverted to Stansted Airport on Friday Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Two men will appear in court later, after a plane travelling from Pakistan was diverted as it was about to land.

On Friday an RAF jet was scrambled to escort the Manchester-bound plane to Stansted Airport.

Essex Police say that taxi driver Tayyab Subhani, 30, and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 41, both from Nelson in Lancashire, will appear at Chelmsford Magistrate Court.

Two questioned over mid-air 'fight'

Two men are being questioned on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft after an RAF Typhoon jet was scrambled to escort a passenger plane over the UK.

The plane, which was travelling from Pakistan to Manchester yesterday, was diverted to Stansted Airport, Essex.

Police boarded the Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709 and detained two men, British nationals aged 30 and 41.

According to one of the passengers, the aircraft's cabin crew said two men had repeatedly tried to get into the cockpit.

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