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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.

West MPs urge Chancellor not to give control over air passenger duty to Welsh Assembly

MPs from across the West are urging the Chancellor not to give the Welsh Assembly powers over air passenger duty in next week's budget.

Bristol Airport could be put at a commercial disadvantage. Credit: ITV West Country

They argue the move could lead to Cardiff airport cutting the tax altogether, putting Bristol at a commercial disadvantage.

2m
passengers from Wales use Bristol airport every year.
Credit: ITV West Country

In a letter to George Osborne, they warn of an 'extremely severe' impact on the region's economy.

There's a small risk that people from the South West will go to Cardiff, I think that's a fairly minimal risk, the bigger risk is that the passengers from Wales who currently use Bristol Airport would choose not to do so - and it's not fair competition, one is state owned, one is privately owned.

You'd have passengers in England, having to pay passenger duty, but not those in Wales and I'm not sure we thought that's what devolution was for.

– LIAM FOX MP, NORTH SOMERSET

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Thomas Cook cancels all bookings to Sharm el Sheikh

Thomas Cook has cancelled all bookings to Sharm el Sheikh until October 31.

The holiday company took the decision to extend the ban - past May 25 -after travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office did not change.

The FCO has advised against all but essential travel to the resort.

Flights to the resort had been leaving from Bristol Airport.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office guidance on travel to Egypt Credit: Foreign & Commonwealth Office

We appreciate that this may be frustrating for our customers who have been looking forward to their holiday and we would like to assure them that we are doing our upmost to ensure they are still able to enjoy a Thomas Cook holiday.

– Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook is now offering a number of options to their customers, which include cancelling or amending their holiday to another destination free of charge.

They have increased staff numbers in their contact centre to help deal with queries.

Any customers with immediate concerns and who unable to visit a shop should call the dedicated customer phone line, open 24 hours a day: 01733 224 536.

At Thomas Cook, the safety and well-being of all those who travel with us is our absolute priority, and we would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding.

– Thomas Cook

Click here for the full and most recent FCO travel advice.

Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

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Owner of Bristol Airport's 'unofficial' car parks told to close them down

The owner of the 2 'unofficial' airport car parks has been told to close them down. Credit: PA/Ben Birchall

The owner of two car parks near Bristol Airport has been told to stop using them by midnight tonight (Wednesday 13 January) or face heavy fines.

The sites are used by hundreds of motorists as a cheaper alternative to official car parks at the airport.

An appeal against council enforcement notices was rejected by the planning inspectorate.

Century-old teddy in lost property for 2 years 'could fetch £1,000'

Looking young for his years... 100-year-old teddy up for auction today. Credit: Bristol Airport

An antique teddy bear, which spent two years in Bristol Airport's lost property, will be sold at auction this afternoon.

The 100-year-old bear was found along with a photograph from 1918. After a nationwide hunt the owner was tracked down in Cyprus but decided to sell. Experts think it could make around £1,000.

This photograph from 1918 was found alongside the bear in a plastic bag. Credit: Bristol Airport

Budget airline launches new route from Bristol to the US

Flights will depart Bristol Airport for Reykjavik three days a week from next year. Credit: WOW Air

Bristol is to become budget airline, WOW air’s, second UK departure point for flights to Iceland and North America.

Flights will depart Bristol Airport for the airline’s hub in Reykjavik 3 times a week.

Passengers will stopover in Iceland before taking off to a number of US destinations including, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, Robert Sinclair hopes the new route will encourage people in the West to fly local:

This new link will enhance both the convenience and affordability of flights to several American destinations, giving people more reason than ever to choose to fly local."

– Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport

Flights from Bristol to Reykjavik will start in May next year.

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