Cardiff Airport evacuated over gas leak with fears flights could be delayed

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Cardiff Airport, the only airport offering commercial passenger services in Wales, runs flights operated by Ryanair, TUI Airways and KLM among other companies

Cardiff Airport was evacuated today over concerns of a gas leak – and one person was taken to hospital.

Passengers are pictured on social media leaving the landside area of the hub, and say their flights have been delayed. The airport said minor delays were experienced this morning.

Essential building maintenance is currently ongoing at the airport, used by Ryanair, TUI Airways and KLM among other companies. A sign on Cardiff Airport’s website said the work will “optimise passenger experience” but the hub confirmed “a safety related incident related to gas” caused issues today.

Flights are still due to depart from the airport today to Belfast, Bridgetown in Barbados and Paris. South Wales Police have said: “We are aware of an incident at the airport, but it did not require South Wales Police attendance.”

A spokesperson for the airport said: “Unfortunately, we have experienced a safety related incident related to gas in the air conditioning in the building works area within the terminal. Safety and security is our number one priority, so the landside area was evacuated whilst our team carried out safety checks. We did experience minor delays to flights, but the terminal is now back open. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

The incident is reported to have happened on the first floor. Planes were still able to land as a flight from Belfast arrived at the airport at 11am, reports Wales Online. Cardiff Airport is the only airport offering commercial passenger services in Wales.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 9.21am this morning to an incident at Cardiff Airport.
“We sent an emergency ambulance to the scene, where the crew were supported by pre-hospital immediate care specialists from MEDSERVE Wales. One person was taken to hospital.”

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