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Passenger numbers fall at Stansted

Stansted Airport has seen a drop in passenger numbers.

The Essex Airport saw numbers drop by 5.2% in August compared with the same month last year.

The main terminal at Stansted Credit: Press Association

The reduction in people using the airport has been blamed on people staying home to watch the Olympics.

Cargo traffic has seen a boost and is up by 13.9%.

Airport applies to control airspace

London Southend Airport's new terminal

London Southend Airport is applying for permission to control airspace around the runway.

It recently obtained a temporary right to control aircraft operating in the area during the Olympics.

Controlled airspace requires all aircraft in the vicinity to communicate with air traffic controllers.

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Chinese first for Stansted

Fire trucks provide a water salute Credit: BAA

Stansted Airport has welcomed its first ever passenger flight from China.

A China Southern Airlines A330 aircraft brought more than 200 VIPs and performers from Beijing for a London 2012 Olympic cultural event.

The aircraft was greeted by fire trucks which provided a water salute.

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