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Birmingham Airport suspends flights after ‘security incident’ on Aer Lingus plane

Simon Calder’s Travel

Birmingham Airport has suspended all flights after a security incident onboard an Aer Lingus plane.

An aircraft from the Irish airline departed from the airport this afternoon but returned due to a “security incident”, the airport said.

Passengers are encouraged to still turn up if they have a flight scheduled.

Footage shared on social media of the scene shows multiple emergency vehicles on the runway, with several flights delays as a result of the incident.

Emergency vehicles have been spotted on the runway (Airport Action)

The flight, which is understood to be EI3647, had been due to depart at 3.10pm but was delayed for 40 minutes. Just an hour into its journey to Belfast, it returned to the airport with the passengers and staff escorted from the aircraft.

West Midlands Railway have also said that trains between Birmingham New Street and Coventry have also been suspended while emergency services attend the incidents. Services are currently at a standstill until further notice.

A Birmingham Airport spokesperson said: “Birmingham Airport has temporarily suspended operations due to a security incident on an aircraft.

“The aircraft landed safely and all passengers and crew have disembarked.

“All customers due to travel should make their way to the airport and check in as normal.”

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