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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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197ft
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Thomson will launch new long haul flights from Bristol Credit: ITV West Country

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Easyjet passengers stranded for 48 hours in Canary Islands

More than 170 passengers have been left stranded at an airport in the Canary Islands after their flight was delayed for over 48 hours.

The Easy Jet passengers were due to fly home on Saturday from Fuerteventura but their journey has been cancelled several times.

Passengers were being fed limited information through Easyjet's flight tracker
The flight has been continually delayed

Passengers troubles began on Saturday when their expected flight failed to take off due to "technical difficulties".

Engineers were called, but were unable to resolve the problem. An initial message from Easy Jet on their website read:

We are extremely sorry for the extended delay to your flight. Unfortunately we are unable to resolve the technical fault on your aircraft. As a result we have arranged for your flight to be operated by another aircraft.

This will be coming from London Stansted, therefore we have had to push back your departure time even further back. Please see one of our ground staff in the terminal who will be able to provide you with refreshment vouchers. We thank you for your patience.

– Easy Jet
Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

They later told passengers they were unable to extend their hotel stay, as availability was "low" and said they would refund any personal bookings passengers made.

Easyjet is now reporting that the flight from Fueteventura is due to take off at 6.30pm - landing into Bristol at 10.20pm.

Flights between Bristol and Brussels likely to resume in the next few days

Flights between Bristol Aiport and Brussels have been cancelled since terror attacks killed 35 people in the Belgian capital on March 22. Credit: ITV News/Victoria Davies

Flights between Bristol and Brussels are expected to restart in the next few days after receiving the go ahead from the Belgian Civil Aviaton Authority.

The Belgian capital's airport was shut down after terror attacks killed 35 people earlier this month.

Three flights leave Bristol for Brussels everyday with another three arriving from Brussels too.

Bristol Airport has so far been unable to confirm when flights to Brussels would restart.

Bristol to Brussels: Wednesday's cancelled flights

Flights to Brussels from Bristol Airport have been cancelled following yesterday's explosions in the Belgian capital which killed at least 34 people.

Security remains on high alert at the terminal building after the UK's own terror threat was raised yesterday.

For now the following flights are listed as cancelled on the Bristol airport website - passengers are advised to check for updates before they travel:

Departures

  • 06:05 Flight number SN 2056 - cancelled
  • 10:40 Flight number SN 2058 - cancelled
  • 17:30 Flight number SN 2060 - cancelled

Arrivals

  • 10:05 Flight number SN 2055 - cancelled
  • 17:00 Flight number SN 2057 - cancelled
  • 21:35 Flight number SN 2059 - cancelled

Bath terror expert: 'I don't think ramping up security yet again is the right way to go'

Security is being stepped up in airports across the country in the wake of explosions in Brussels this morning - which have left 34 people dead, according to reports.

Zaventem airport remains closed, with both of today's Bristol to Brussels services cancelled.

Terrorism expert Professor Bill Durodie, head of the politics department at the University of Bath, says that while a similar attack in the UK can't be ruled out, it's important to engage young people to make sure they feel part of their society - instead of looking for a sense of belonging from external groups.

So, what are the long-term solutions to the security concerns?

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Bristol to Brussels flights cancelled after explosions in Brussels

Flights to other destinations are going ahead as planned. Credit: ITV News

All air traffic in and out of Brussels airport has been temporarily suspended after two explosions in the departure area this morning (22 March).

People are being warned not to come to the airport area.

One flight from Bristol was already in the air when the blasts occurred- that service has had to be diverted elsewhere.

There were two more flights from Bristol to Brussels planned for later today - these have now been cancelled.

  • 1040: cancelled
  • 1730: cancelled

Bristol to Brussels: what to do if you have a flight today

Credit: ITV News

All air traffic in and out of Brussels airport has been temporarily suspended after two explosions in the departure area this morning (22 March).

People are being warned not to come to the area.

One flight from Bristol was already in the air when the blasts occurred- that service has had to be diverted elsewhere.

There were two more flights from Bristol to Brussels planned for later today - these have had to be cancelled.

  • 0605: this flight took off as normal but had to be diverted after the explosions in Zaventem airport
  • 1040: cancelled
  • 1730: cancelled

For now here is what the airport is advising passengers:

Breaking: Bristol to Brussels flight diverted after explosions at Brussels airport

A flight from Bristol airport to Brussels has been diverted after two explosions in the departure lounge at Zaventem airport.

The plane left Bristol at 06:05 this morning (22 March) - it's not yet confirmed where it will be diverted to.

Follow our website for live updates.

Flight disruption at Bristol airport

Passengers flying from Bristol airport to France face flight cancellations or delays.

Over the next three days industrial action is being carried out by French traffic control employees.

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