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Bristol airport disruption continues

7 January 2007

Bristol international airport is enduring a third day of disruption, with over 100 flights due to be cancelled or diverted over safety fears.

Ten airlines are now planning to cancel flights or divert them to Cardiff and Birmingham airports after concerns that the newly resurfaced runway is too slippery for aircraft in wet weather.

The disruption has caused a row between airport bosses and airline chiefs, with Bristol airport insisting that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given the runway a “‘clean bill of health'”.

Paul Davies, the airport’s operations director, said: “‘Safety is paramount, and if Bristol international or the CAA believed there were issues with our runway we would of course take suitable action.'”


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