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Easyjet cancels flights from Bristol over "slippery" runway


dpa German Press Agency
Published: Friday January 5, 2007


London- British budget airline Easyjet Friday cancelled 18
flights at Bristol airport in south-west Britain after safety
concerns over a new runway, the airline said.
The no-frills carrier said it was concerned about the ability of
its planes to brake in wet weather after resurfacing work on the
runway at the airport.

"The runway conditions are slick at present and we are not
confident we can land our aircraft in wet weather without skidding,"
an Easyjet spokeswoman said.

Other airlines, including British Airways and Ryanair, have not
cancelled departures from Bristol. The airport has confirmed the
Easyjet cancellations, but declined to comment on the reasons given
by the airline.

Easyjet serves a number of regional destinations in Britain from
Bristol but also flies from there to cities in western and central
Europe, inclucing Spain, France, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Easyjet said the decision to cancel the flights had been
taken after extensive discussions with Bristol Airport and with the
Civil Aviation Authority.

Bristol International Airport undertook runway resurfacing plans
worth 17 million pounds (33 million dolars) last October.

In December, a plane operated by Aurigny, an airline based on the
Channel island of Guernsey, with 52 passengers on board, ended up in
the safety zone at the end of the runway after landing at Bristol.

An Easyjet flight from Malaga in Spain also recently strayed onto
the safety area at Bristol while taxiing.

"At the moment the forecast is for more drizzle, so a decision on
further cancellations will be made later on," said an Easyjet
spokeswoman.

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