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Flight heading for Bristol forced to turn around

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A Thomson Airways flight to Bristol from Orlando in Florida had to turn back over the Atlantic after two crew members fell ill.

The plane was due to land in Bristol earlier today but had to return an hour after leaving America's east coast.

The airline said it was a medical emergency and that the safety of customers and crew was of primary importance.

Passengers were taken to local hotels and are due to arrive back at Bristol airport early tomorrow morning.

Thomson Airways would like to apologise for any inconvenience to our customers on board flight TOM375 travelling from Orlando to Bristol which was diverted back to Orlando International Airport due to a medical emergency.

We have provided all passengers with food and accommodation whilst we wait to board them onto their new flight which is due to depart at 21.25 GMT.

The safety of our customers and crew is of paramount importance to us and we would like to reassure everyone that events such as these are rare.

– Statement from Thomson Airways

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Airport expansion likely to cause traffic delays

Airport expansion likely to cause traffic delays Credit: ITV News

More than 100,000 people are expected to pass through Bristol Airport this weekend. As the summer season gets underway passengers are being advised to leave extra time to get to the airport.

A £24 million expansion is underway with the first phase of the new terminal opening in July. The work is expected to cause more traffic queues than normal.

“Many of our passengers this summer will be heading off for a well-earned break, so the last thing we want is for their journey to start with the stress of nearly missing a flight.

We want Bristol Airport to be the most convenient and friendly place to start your journey, which is why major developments are underway to further enhance our facilities. However, carrying out major construction work in a busy terminal can be challenging, so we are asking passengers to help us keep disruption to a minimum by following our advice when travelling this summer.”

– Alison Roberts, Head of Terminal and Customer Operations at Bristol Airport

Thomson to launch new long haul flights from Bristol

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner will arrive at Bristol airport for the first time today.

It marks the launch by Thomson of direct long haul routes to a number of new destinations from next summer.

The long haul jet plane is claimed to be the most environmentally friendly and comfortable aircraft that's been built.

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Thomson will launch new long haul flights from Bristol Credit: ITV West Country
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