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Emergency plane alert caused by passenger illness

Library pictures of a Monarch plane at Birmingham Airport Credit: PA

The airline involved in an emergency alert this lunchtime at Birmingham Airport says it was caused a passenger having a 'diabetic episode'.

The Monarch Airlines flight from Faro was due to land at Birmingham, but the alert was called in shortly after 13:00. The plane landed safely and paramedics were waiting on the runway for the passenger to be given treatment.

Plane lands safely after emergency alert in Birmingham

AirLiveNet has tweeted that Monarch Flight ZB403 has landed safely at Birmingham Airport. It's not yet clear why the plane made the emergency call.

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Plane in emergency landing at Birmingham Airport

A Monarch flight has declared an emergency as is starting its approach to Birmingham Airport.

It's not yet clear what the emergency is - more to follow.

Man critically hurt after fall at Birmingham Airport

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after falling from the first floor inside Birmingham Airport.

The incident at the airport is not thought to be suspicious Credit: BRUNO FAHY/Belga/Press Association Images

It happened at around 1:30pm. Police are currently at the scene trying to establish what happened.

The incident is not thought to be suspicious.

Eight new winter Flybe routes from Birmingham Airport

Flybe has announced eight new routes for the winter from Birmingham Airport.

They include two new routes to Oslo and Hamburg.

Six existing summer routes will be extended to year-round flying. These are Cologne, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Florence, Oporto and Reykjavik.

A Flybe aeroplane Credit: David Jones/PA

The airline provider will now operate up to 350 flights a week from Birmingham Airport as part of its 2014-15 winter schedule.

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Birmingham Airport records busiest April in its history

More than 750,000 passengers passed through Birmingham Airport last month - making it the busiest April in the airport's history.

This equates to a 16.7 per cent increase on the same period last year, and beats its previous record for the month - set in 2009 - by 5.7 per cent.

Birmingham Airport has recorded its busiest April in its history Credit: David Jones/PA

The airport has also reported a boom in the number of passengers using the Midland terminal for long-haul services, which increased by more than 20 per cent compared to last year.

Services to Jersey, Fuerteventura, Malta and Portugal saw the biggest rise.

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IT glitch causes long queues at airport immigration

Airline passengers are tonight facing disruption after an IT glitch resulted in extended queues at immigration desks.

Lengthy queues have already started forming at airport terminals across the country after a fault on UK Border Force computers this afternoon.

Extra staff have been drafted in to try and reduce the queues.

A Government spokesman said:

We are currently experiencing temporary IT problems which may add to the time taken to conduct passport checks.

We are working to rectify this issue and are providing extra staff to get passengers through the controls as quickly as possible. Our priority remains security of the border.

We apologise for any additional time this adds to passengers' journeys.

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