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It's plane eerie: Stansted releases images of airport impacted by Covid-19

It's the fourth busiest airport in the UK, and is usually a hive of activity. But new pictures show how the Covid-19 pandemic is having an impact.

London Stansted has released drone footage showing how it is managing to find parking spaces for almost 100 aircraft which have been grounded after the outbeak.

No fly zone: Covid-19 has grounded flights Credit: London Stansted

Reduced flying, meant that an Essex Police drone, based at Stansted, was able to safely grab a bird’s-eye view of the airfield at a time which would normally be the peak of the flying day.

“Usually at this time of year we’d see more than 500 flights a day, but this unprecedented situation means we are faced with a different challenge of ensuring there is space for these aircraft on the ground and that airlines can continue to maintain them. This is alongside the cargo operation which continues to bring in essential items like food and pharmaceuticals from around the globe."

– London Stansted’s Operations Director, Nick Millar
Parking found for 100 planes Credit: London Stansted

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The footage shows almost all of the airport’s passenger stands occupied by aircraft.

Stansted isn't alone with this problem. British Airways decided to land some of its aircraft at Norwich Airport after it started to suspend flights.

Parked aircraft at Norwich Airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

There is still some work going on though, despite most airlines suspending almost all passenger operations, they are carrying out essential maintenance on their aircraft .

Watch the drone footage below

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