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Pair charged over Stansted plane diversion

The plane landed at Stansted on Friday afternoon Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wi

Two men will appear in court today after a Pakistan International Airways plane was diverted to Stansted Airport.

Taxi driver Tayyab Subhani, 30, and restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 41, both from Lancashire, are charged with endangering an aircraft, after a passenger jet from Pakistan to Manchester was diverted with an RAF fighter escort to the Essex air hub on Friday.

The Typhoon jet was scrambled to escort the Boeing 777 flight over UK airspace before it was diverted to Stansted, where it landed at 2.15pm.They are both due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court in Essex.

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Ryanair questions Stansted charges

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.

– Ryanair spokesman Robin Kiely
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Ryanair to cut flights from Stansted Airport by 9%

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.

Ryanair has said that up to to 1,000 jobs could be lost at Stansted Airport. Credit: Press Association

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."

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New owners take over at Stansted airport

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.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia Business Correspondent Matthew Hudson:

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Stansted Airport to be sold

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.

Strike at Stansted

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.

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