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Two Ryanair planes damaged in collision on tarmac

Ryanair plane following collision Credit: Ren via twitter

Two Ryanair planes have collided on the tarmac at Stansted Airport. A Warsaw-bound plane and an aircraft from Frankfurt Hahn that had just landed, collided in the parking area at

6.45am. Ryanair said the wing tip of one of the Boeing 737-00 planes and the tail cone of another "made contact".

The pilots were breath tested by police and returned zero readings. No one was hurt. The collision caused delays of up to three hours.

Stansted Airport handled 1.72m travellers in April

Stansted Airport handled more than 1.72m travellers in April Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A busy April has taken Stansted Airport's passenger numbers up to their highest level for two-and-a-half years.

The Essex airport handled more than 1.72 million travellers last month - a rise of 10.7% on the April 2013 figure.

Last month was the busiest April at the Essex airport since 2008. It took the passenger total for the previous 12 months to 18.16 million.

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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.

Stansted Airport's £80 million redevelopment

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.

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