Dozens of flights have been severely delayed at Bristol Airport after a serious car crash on the nearby A38.
The airport announced that no flights would take off before 8am on Saturday morning, causing havoc to the departure schedule.
Passengers leaving and arriving at Bristol have been impacted by the incident with a minimum of two-hour delays expected on most flights.
Early morning is typically the busiest time of day on the runway and the knock-on effects are likely to be felt throughout Saturday.
The crash happened between two roundabouts which both serve as entry points to the airport and the road was shut while emergency services worked at the scene.
Two vehicles collided in the early hours and police urged drivers to avoid the area.
It was the second serious crash near the airport in the space of just 10 hours after the A38 was closed on Friday afternoon just north of the main entrance.
An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: ‘We are advising motorists to avoid the A38 near Bristol Airport this morning (Saturday 28 October) following a two-vehicle collision.
‘The road is currently closed between the two airport roundabouts. We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.’
The closure affected passengers coming out of the airport who had landed on late night arrival flights.
Dicky Moore posted on X, formerly Twitter, at 1..57am: ‘Managed to get away from Bristol airport, leaving the car there. Need to get the kids to bed.
‘I have no idea what’s happened but the road between the carpark and the airport is closed. Have seen scores of ambulance, police, helicopters. I hope it’s not as bad as it looks.’
Passengers started trying to arrive for early morning flights from around 3..30am and found the main A38 road closed near the airport.
Long queues formed on the main road and on country lanes in the surrounding area as police tried to divert drivers around the scene.
At 4.50am, Bristol Airport announced that the road closure would delay any flight from taking off until at least 8am.
‘Flights will not take off from Bristol Airport this morning until 8am,’ the airport posted on X.
‘This is due to the A38 being closed following a road traffic collision. Passengers flying this morning are advised to leave extra time to travel to the airport and check flight details with their airline.’
A total of 26 flights were due to take off before 8am, all of which have been delayed.
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