As dramatic footage of aeroplanes appearing to land sideways on the runway during last night storms, Bristol Airport told ITV that these are usual measures taken in high cross-winds. It suspended flights for just over an hour but says that at no time was passenger safety compromised.
Airlines make decisions on whether or not to land in severe weather conditions based on a range of parameters which can vary depending on the aircraft operated.
Strong wind can also affect airlines’ ability to board passengers safely, and some airlines will suspend boarding when gusts reach 45 knots and above.
– James Gore, Bristol Airport spokesman
You can see video of one of the planes landing here.