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Council approves Stansted airport expansion plan

Stansted wins vote over passenger increase Credit: PA Images

Plans for Stansted Airport to raise the current cap of 35 million passengers a year to 43 million have been approved by Uttlesford District Council.

The vote was a close affair with the chairman of the planning committee having the casting vote.

Though the Government will need to ratify the decision of the council, a process which could take several months.

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Stansted Airport expansion plans nearing decision date

Stansted airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted Airport will learn this week if it's been successful in its bid to increase the number of passengers it can handle, by eight million a year.

Uttlesford District Council is due to make a decision on Stansted's planning application on Wednesday (14th November).

But not everyone is convinced with anti-expansion campaigners raising concerns about carbon emissions and noise.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper.

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Passengers stranded after budget airline stops flying

Primera Air Credit: ITV Anglia

Passengers have been left stranded after a transatlantic airline operating from London Stansted went into administration.

Danish leisure carrier Primera Air has announced it has exhausted all possible hopes of saving the company.

It's claimed travellers at Stansted were only told of the airline's demise as they were waiting for their flight.

Primera Air, which was owned by an Icelandic company, says it wasn't able to resolve financing issues which had been ongoing for some time.

With a great regret, we must inform you that Primera Air will cease all operations on the midnight of October 1st, 2018 and enter administration process, after 14 years of operations. This is a sad day for all the employees and passengers of Primera Air. The company has been working relentlessly during the last months to secure the long-term financing of the airline. Not being able to reach an agreement with our bank for a bridge financing, we had no other choice than filing for bankruptcy.

– Primera Air

This evening the Civil Aviation Authority encouraged passengers to use it's website for advice.

It says stranded passengers will have to make their own arrangements for getting home.

Primera Air, a Danish scheduled air carrier which operated services from various points in the United Kingdom, has announced it will cease operations. Primera Air is not covered by the UK Civil Aviation Authority's ATOL Protection scheme which only covers passengers booked on a package holiday.

– Civil Aviation Authority

The collapse has come almost a year to the day after Luton based airline Monarch ceased operations on October 2nd 2017 when around 2,300 people lost their jobs.

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