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Travel chaos at Bristol Airport as dozens of flights grounded after crash on A38

Dozens of flights were grounded at Bristol Airport this morning following a crash on the main road to the terminals.

The A38 was closed between the two airport roundabouts shortly after 1am on Saturday October 28, Avon and Somerset Police said.

An airport spokesperson said the accident caused delays for “passengers, staff and our own shuttles”.

The airport issued a statement at 4:50 a.m. on Saturday to inform passengers that “flights will not depart from Bristol Airport this morning until 8:00 a.m.”

They added: “Passengers traveling this morning are advised to allow extra time to get to the airport and to check their flight details with their airline. »

An easjet flight to Rome was the first to take off after a two-hour delay

(Simon Calder)

With 29 flights scheduled to depart between 6:05 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and 24 flights after 8:00 a.m. already delayed, it is estimated that more than 6,000 passengers will be affected by the chaos.

Some travelers took to social media to share their experiences. One X user wrote: “I was standing in the departure lounge at Bristol Airport – no announcements or information being provided to the thousands of people waiting here. Not everyone has access to X to see their flights massively delayed!

Others confirmed “chaos” in airport lounges.

Shortly after 8 a.m., the airport posted a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, to confirm that flights were now taking off and landing.

The first plane to take off from the runway promptly at 8:01am was the delayed 6:05am easyjet flight to Rome. Saturday at 8:45 a.m., 15 flights had taken off from the airport.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “We are advising motorists to avoid the A38 near Bristol Airport this morning (Saturday October 28) following a collision between two vehicles.

“The road is currently closed between the two airport roundabouts. We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

However, the A38 still remains closed and Bristol Airport is advising travelers to “allow extra time to get” to the airport.


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