Bristol Airport control tower evacuated with planes diverted

Flights were suspended following the evacuation after a fire alarm reportedly sounded
-Credit: (Image: Bristol Airport)

Planes in and out of Bristol were disrupted this afternoon after the airport control tower was evacuated. Eyewitnesses and passengers at the airport, some whose planes were diverted to Cardiff, said they had been told by staff a fire alarm had sounded and flights were temporarily suspended.

Six flights were diverted to other airports - most to Cardiff but at least one to Birmingham, according to the airport's arrival and departure board. It was also reported that some departing flights were also grounded for around an hour following the evacuation. A spokesperson for Bristol Airport said the incident was ultimately a false alarm and flights have begun to return to normal.

One passenger, who was diverted to Cardiff, said on social media: " @BBCBristol @BristolLive re disruption Bristol airport due to fire alarm/ evacuation. Our flight back from Santorini was rerouted to Cardiff…on ground an hour. Now flying back to Bristol shortly. Suspect quite a few delays …/knock ons etc."

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Another passenger told BristolLive they were "sitting on the tarmac for one hour" waiting for their plane to depart. As of 4.15pm, the arrivals and departures board shows all previously diverted flights have now landed in Bristol.

A spokesperson for Bristol Airport said: “Our Airport Control Tower was evacuated earlier this afternoon. After investigation, this was found to be a false alarm but we did temporarily suspend airport operations as a precaution.

"Bristol Airport is now open and flights are returning to normal. We are working with our airline partners to return passengers from diverted flights. We’re sorry for the disruption caused to passengers.”