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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Monday, 4 April

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  1. Easyjet Fueteventura delays: We have takeoff

    Flight EZY9066 has finally departed Fuerteventura. Next stop Bristol. Only two days late.

    Passengers inside the delayed Easyjet flight EZY9066

    That's it for Local Live for today. We'll be back Tuesday at 7am.

  2. Easyjet Fueteventura delays: A postcard home

    "Wish you were here!" 

    That's a cry that has resounded from some of Easyjet's passengers who have felt information from the airline has been sorely lacking.

    But hopefully the 48-hour delay won't have ruined too many memories of this trip to Fuerteventura.

    Fuerteventura
  3. Easyjet Fueteventura delays: Homeward bound, finally

    "We are going home" writes Easyjet passenger Marticurti Por Lag.

    Not quite the prompt boarding that every air traveller hopes for, as this group of 170 passengers has had to wait 48 hours for their delayed return to the UK.

    The queue at Fuerteventura Airport to board the return Easyjet flight to Bristol
  4. Easyjet Fueteventura delays: A sight for sore eyes

    "It's landed!!! Home we go...hopefully!" says Catherine Hodsman from Exeter, who uploaded this picture to Facebook.

    A view of the replacement Easyjet plane having just landed at Fuerteventura Airport
  5. Easyjet Fueteventura delays: Plane spotting

    The replacement aircraft is about to land! 

    A view of the Easyjet aircraft from the FlightRadar24 website

    Easyjet has said it's registration is G-EZUT and accorinding to a flight tracker website, it is moments away from touching down at Fuerteventura Airport.

    No doubt there'll be 170 people with mixed feelings about welcoming their lift home.

  6. Easyjet Fueteventura delays: A take-off tease?

    There was a glimmer of hope from Spanish passenger Marticurti Por Lag who has been trying to get back to Bristol since Saturday.

    A departure board at Fuerteventura Airport

    "It's changed to 18:00," she tells BBC News, sending a picture of a departure board for evidence. "The plane from the UK is about to land."

    But 30 minutes later her hopes are dashed: "It has been changed to 7 now". Sad face.

  7. Traffic chaos around Bristol

    Wondering why the roads are jammed around the M5 near Cribbs Causeway and Filton? 

    Traffic queueing on the A38 near Bristol

    We assume it's down to an overturned vehicle on the M5 northbound between J17 (A4018) and J18A (M49).

    Three lanes of the motorway were shut at first, and one lane remains closed but there is very slow traffic reported in the area as a result.

  8. Easyjet Fueteventura delays: Medication issues arising

    Easyjet passenger Catherine Hodsman, from Exeter, told BBC News some of those waiting are running out of essential medication "and unable to be 'let out' to find a pharmacy". 

    A dispensing pharmacist at work

    "It's unacceptable," she said. "We are now on day three of this and I find it hard to believe that a company the size of Easyjet doesn't have the resources to have sorted this much quicker.

    "We are being treated like nuisances left to wander aimlessly around the airport for 12 hours a day before being told 'actually you're not flying tonight'. 

    "Last night we had to find and pay for our own hotels."

  9. Easyjet Fueteventura delays: "Lack of information" slammed

    "The most frustrating thing for us as a family of four has been the lack of information," said Michelle Rounce, a stranded passenger from Plymouth.

    She's been stranded after a flight between Fuerteventura and Bristol got delayed for several days.

    Fuertetventura Airport

    "I appreciate we are using a budget airline, but to not have an Easyjet rep at the airport seems crazy. I can't praise the two ladies from Fuerteventura airport enough. 

    "They have taken a lot of abuse from tired, angry and frustrated passengers but have gone out of their way to sort out local accommodation and transport for us all, provided water paid for by themselves and even offered to buy baby food for two tiny little ones."

  10. Easyjet Fueteventura delays: Pictures from the island

    Marticurti Por Lag told BBC News she was the only Spanish passenger and she had been liaising with airport workers. 

    "I've been told an aircraft is on its way to Fuerte and we should be taking off by 6:30pm from here," she said.

    "Everyone is fed up."

    Easyjet passengers at Fuerteventura Airport
    Easyjet passengers at Fuerteventura Airport
  11. Easyjet Fueteventura delays: How the delays unfolded

    Easyjet plane

    As 170 passengers wait for a replacement jet to travel from Luton to arrive in the Canaries here is a timeline of events:

    • Saturday: Easyjet flight EZY6066 from Fuerteventura to Bristol was due to depart on 2 April but was subject to an overnight delay "initially due to a technical issue with the aircraft" 
    • Sunday: Passengers told there was a "crewing shortage" and the plane would fly on 4 April
    • Monday Holidaymakers told the plane would take off at 13:10 - but engineers are unable to fix the fault in time and the service is again delayed until 18:30 
  12. Easyjet Fuerteventura delays: New plane on the way

    More from Easyjet who are now dispatching a plane from the UK to bring home those stranded in Fuerteventura.

    "We are preparing an aircraft from Luton airport to bring you home today. Your new expected time of departure is 18:30 and you should get to Bristol for 21:20," a spokesman said.

    "Any costs that you incur in terms of extra car parking charges etc will be reimbursed to you by contacting our customer services centre.

    "Once again we really are sorry for the extended delay to your flight and the disruption caused to your travel plans."

  13. Easyjet Fuerteventura delays: Latest reported take off time

    Airline operator Easyjet is now reporting that the Bristol-bound flight from Fueteventura is due to take off at 18:30.

    Presuming it takes off then, it'll land back here at 22:20.

    Flight ticket
  14. Easyjet stranded passengers to be offered £100 flight vouchers as 'goodwill gesture'

    In a statement the company said it given passengers letters offering them compensation in line with the EU261 directive.

    "As a gesture of goodwill, all passengers onboard this flight will be proactively contacted by our customer services team and offered £100 each in flight vouchers," a spokesman said.

    Plane
  15. BreakingEasyjet Fueteventura delays: Further problems, 'number of hours' delay

    easyJet plane

    The long-delayed flight from Fuerteventura to Bristol has been delayed yet again.

    On Easyjet's website, the firm said the "engineer has not been able to resolve the technical fault on your aircraft today".

    "We are looking at every option available to us to bring you home. 

    "Fuerteventura is one of our furthest destinations from the UK so unfortunately it will take a number of hours to get a replacement aircraft and crew to you.

    "We are moving a number of our other flights around in order to make sure we get you all home today."

  16. Easyjet Fueteventura delays: Mood at airport 'very agitated and concerned'

    Departure board

    Stranded independent TV producer Jonny Young said all the families that have had their holidays ruined by being stranded for three days.

    "Many are worried they can't afford to keep staying here... when they should be back at work," he said.

    "We've been told five times that we're going to be flown out and then it doesn't happen - it's like the boy calling wolf."

    But Mr Young said the biggest complaint among the passengers is that other than announcements on the Easyjet website, no one from the company has directly spoken to them.

    "The lack of communication from Easyjet has added a huge amount of uncertainty and worry and doubt that the situation is being resolved."

    Quote Message: No member of staff at the airport has given us any reassurance or apology - I think that goes a long way.
  17. Easyjet Fuerteventura delays: 'Back at the airport for the third day'

    Events organiser Becky Parker says she is still trying to get information about when she'll be flying back to Bristol and wondering who to phone next.

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  18. New name for Gloucestershire Cricket Club's Bristol Ground

    County Ground

    A five-year sponsorship deal has been signed which will see the County Ground in Bristol change its name.

    It will now be known as The Brightside Ground, Bristol.

    The news comes weeks after the club defended its new 147ft-high (45m) floodlights which have been described as "giant spatulas" by nearby residents. 

  19. Easyjet Fuerteventura delays: 'Crazy organised chaos' at airport

    Airport

    Holidaymaker Natalie Gilpin, 25, from Cardiff described the scene on Monday as "crazy" and "organised chaos".

    She said there are nearly 200 people who are "very angry and frustrated" with "no-one to talk to from easyJet" and check-in not open.

    Quote Message: The only reliable information has come from the Easyjet app and then that has trickled through to the passengers. I've had to rearrange my entire work schedule for the week.