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Bristol Airport: Flights grounded due to heavy snowfall

Hundreds of flights at Bristol Airport have been grounded due to snow. Photo: ITV News West Country

Flights into and out of Bristol Airport were cancelled after heavy snowfall disrupted travel plans for thousands of passengers.

The airport was closed - and the majority of Friday’s 130 planned flights cancelled - as staff worked to clear the runway of snow.

Stranded passengers were left waiting in the main terminal for several hours, while others returned home or made other arrangements.

A Bristol Airport spokesperson thanked holiday-goers for their patience and advised them to check flight information with their relevant tour operators.

The runway was temporarily closed in order to clear snow. Credit: ITV News West Country

Wales rugby fans heading to Paris for Friday’s Six Nations opener were among those caught up in the disruption.

The airport’s main runway reopened at around 4.30pm - but flights cannot resume until planes have been positioned, which will take place this evening.

On Twitter, Bristol Airport said a “full-flight schedule” is planned for Saturday (February 2).

Information about the cancelled flights can be found on the airport's website.

Elsewhere in the West Country, Newquay Airport was closed temporarily due to snow while in London, British Airways was forced to cancel several flights out of Heathrow Airport.

The Met Office said 14cm of snow fell in Dunkeswell, Devon, while 3 to 5cm fell across Somerset.

Hundreds of schools across the region were also closed due to the snow.