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Last Updated: Monday, 8 January 2007, 18:27 GMT
Cost of airport closure uncertain
The first flight touches down at Bristol International Airport after the runway reopened
Safety grooves have been cut into the runway surface
Bosses at Bristol International Airport have refused to speculate on how much the four days of travel chaos have cost the airport financially.

A total of 385 flights and 25,000 passengers were affected after claims aircraft had skidded on landing in wet conditions on a refurbished runway.

Tony Hallwood, aviation development director at the airport, said the problem was now under control.

"We've placed more grooves in the runway to increase friction," he said.

'Safety concerns'

Mr Hallwood added: "Over the next 24 hours things should get back pretty much to normal with all flights coming in and out of the airport as expected

Problems began on Friday after EasyJet raised concerns over the safety of the new 17m resurfaced runway.

It withdrew services amid fears planes were skidding when landing in wet weather, affecting braking distances.

The airport management said that 34 flights had flown into and out of Bristol after the runway re-opened earlier on Monday.

Work to cut grooves into the runway took place during Sunday afternoon and overnight into Monday with the 1037 GMT flight from New York first to touch down.

Bristol International advised any passengers flying to and from Bristol on Monday evening or Tuesday to check the company website - www.bristolairport.co.uk - for the latest information.


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