Bristol Airport chaos as all flights grounded and some diverted sparking passenger fury

Bristol Airport flights have been grounded and incoming flights cannot land after its runway lights suffered a failure. The airport stated that engineers are working urgently to fix the issue, but left passengers in the dark about how long the fix is expected to take.

Passengers have already begun to express their frustration with the airport as they face delays.

One responded on Twitter by asking: “Did you not pay the bill?” while another added: “Have you checked the pre-payment meter?”

Another offered a quick fix with: “Quick! Get the candles!”

A spokesperson for Bristol Airport told Express.co.uk: “Our runway lights suffered a failure this evening, which means flights are currently unable to land or take off. Our engineers are working urgently to fix the fault. We’re really sorry for the disruption this will cause.

“We will post updates on our social media, but passengers should contact their airline for the latest information about their flight.”

Twitter user @ColinGould2 retorted: “Have you ever tried contacting an airline? Nearly as bad as trying to contact Bristol Airport!”

Meanwhile multiple passengers are stuck in planes both at the airport and for flights scheduled to come into Bristol. @neilcarf said he was “stuck in Edinburgh”, while @Lynch_tweet said: “Stuck on a plane that’s unable to take off. Please hurry up.”

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Express.co.uk understands that several flights have had to be diverted as a result of the light failure.

A Jet2 flight from Fuerteventura has been sent to Birmingham. Meanwhile, two easyJet flights – one from Toulouse, and one from Sharm el-Sheikh – have both been diverted to Cardiff.

Further 10 flights, from easyJet, Ryanair, and KLM, are also scheduled to land tonight.

Live data about the flights can be found at their arrival and departures board here.