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Passengers safely disembarked after technical issues on Bristol-Bordeaux flight

An easyJet from Bristol to Bordeaux has had to be diverted due to a technical issue in the aircraft cabin.

The plane landed safely at La Rochelle and all 153 passengers have been safely taken off.

It follows an earlier report that the plane had declared an emergency on board:

easyJet can confirm that flight EZY6121 from Bristol to Bordeaux diverted to La Rochelle due to a technical issue in the aircraft cabin.

The safety of its passengers and crew is easyJet's highest priority and easyJet operates its fleet of aircraft in strict compliance with all manufacturers’ guidelines.

– easyJet spokesperson

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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.

New routes out of Bristol Airport next summer

EasyJet, Bristol Airport’s largest airline, has announced a further three new routes out of Bristol. From April next year, the airline will start flying to Bilbao, Isle of Man and Zante from Bristol Airport.

It follows an announcement of four additional new routes to Gibraltar, Porto, Lanzarote and Catania. In total, easyJet will add seven new destinations to its Bristol operations next summer.

Statement from EasyJet over lightning strike

EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY423 from Bristol to Edinburgh diverted to Newcastle due to high winds in Edinburgh this morning. The flight was hit by lightning on approach to Newcastle Airport. The aircraft is equipped to safely withstand lightning and at no point was the safety of the flight compromised.

EasyJet would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience caused.

The Airbus A319 was carrying 134 passengers and six crew. The safety of its passengers and crew is the airline’s highest priority.

– EasyJet spokesperson

Passenger jet hit by lightning on flight to Scotland

An EasyJet plane on the tarmac at Bristol Airport Credit: ITV News West Country

A plane flying from Bristol to Edinburgh was hit by lightning this morning.

The Easyjet flight, carrying 140 passengers and crew, was hit after the plane was diverted to Newcastle because of high winds. The company says the aircraft is built to withstand lightning.

The passengers continued their journey by coach.

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Cornwall to Gatwick flights to end

Flights from Cornwall to London Gatwick will end early next year.

Easyjet bought the landing slots from Exeter based Flybe, but now say there isn't enough demand to keep the service open.

It's a major blow for the airport at Newquay, but also for the county's business community who'll have to travel to the capital by train or road.

The nearest airport to London from Newquay will be Southend.

Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

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