Bristol Airport control tower evacuated with planes diverted after false alarm

Flights were suspended following the evacuation after a fire alarm reportedly sounded
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Planes to and from Bristol faced disruptions today after the airport's control tower was evacuated. Passengers at the airport, including some whose flights were rerouted to Cardiff, reported being informed by staff that a fire alarm had been activated, leading to a temporary halt in flights.

A total of six flights were diverted to alternative airports, with the majority heading to Cardiff and at least one redirected to Birmingham, as indicated on the airport's arrivals and departures information. Reports also emerged that some outbound flights were delayed for approximately an hour due to the evacuation.

A representative for Bristol Airport later clarified that the incident was a false alarm and that normal flight operations were resuming.

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One affected traveller, whose flight from Santorini was sent to Cardiff, expressed their experience 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."

Another flyer communicated to BristolLive their frustration at being "sitting on the tarmac for one hour" awaiting takeoff. By 4.15pm, it was confirmed that all flights which had been previously diverted had successfully landed in Bristol, reports Bristol Live.

A spokesperson for Bristol Airport commented on the situation: "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."