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Safety fears cause Bristol runway disruption

6 January 2007

Many flights from Bristol international airport have been cancelled, causing disruption for travellers.

Three airlines have cancelled flights or have diverted passengers to Cardiff over concerns that the newly resurfaced runway is too slippery for aircraft in wet weather. British Airways, XL Airways and easyJet are worried that their vehicles may not be able to brake upon landing on the runway.

For a second consecutive day, budget airline easyJet has cancelled a number of flights from the airport.

The airline, headed by Stelios Haji-Ioannou, released a statement saying: “The safety of our passengers, crew and aircraft is the top priority at easyJet and these decisions have been taken following extensive discussions with Bristol international airport and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).”


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