Stansted Airport expects over 220,000 passengers to pass through the terminal across the Easter bank holiday weekend.
A chocolate birthday cake triggered a security alert at Stansted Airport after setting off explosive detectors.
Passengers were advised to check in as normal at Stansted Airport today despite the first of a wave of strikes by ground staff.
Low-cost airline Ryanair said it will cut its flights from Stansted Airport by 9% over the next year, putting a thousand jobs at risk. The announcement came after it was sold to the Manchester Airports Group for one point five billion pounds. Jamie Shepherd reports.
– Ryanair spokesman Robin Kiely
It's bad enough that Ferrovial/BAA has doubled prices over the past six years and presided over record traffic falls at Stansted. But it appears that the CAA now rewards this commercial failure by allowing Ferrovial/BAA to again raise fees in 2013 to compensate for its traffic declines in 2012. Ryanair and other Stansted airlines now must ask was this surprise price increase part of a sweetener package to persuade MAG to pay £1.5bn for Stansted.
Low-cost airline Ryanair has said it will cut its flights from Stansted Airport by 9% over the next year.
Ryanair had planned to increase the number of flights to and from the Essex airport by 5% from April, but will now cut 170 flights across 43 routes a week because of increased fees at Stansted.
The announcement came after Stansted was sold by Ferrovial/BAA to Manchester Airports Group for £1.5 billion.
Ryanair blamed its decision on a 6% increase in charges at the airport, which it says should be investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority
Ryanair spokesman Robin Kiely said:
"It's bad enough that Ferrovial/BAA has doubled prices over the past six years and presided over record traffic falls at Stansted, but it appears that the CAA now rewards this commercial failure by allowing Ferrovial/BAA to again raise fees in 2013 to compensate for its traffic declines in 2012."
Stansted Airport has changed hands and the new owners already have problems to deal with. The biggest airline to use the airport, Ryanair, is angry about a 6% increase in airport charges and says it may pull some of its flights out.
Stansted has been bought by M.A.G. which owns or operates Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports. Stansted's former owner was forced to sell by the Competition Commission.
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Heathrow Airport Holdings has announced it will sell Stansted Airport for £1.5bn to the Manchester Airports Group. The company said it will now focus on running it's four remaining airports - Heathrow, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton. The deal should be completed by February.
There is disruption on the Stansted Express between Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport due to a signalling problem at Hackney Downs. Some services are being diverted via Seven Sisters.
Ground workers at Stansted are striking for a second day in a row over pay cuts.
The first strike day on Wednesday passed off with little disruption, and passengers are being advised to check in as usual.
The workers will be on strike until Monday morning.