Northern Ireland

Security incident ends after Belfast-bound plane emergency halts flights at Birmingham Airport

An Aer Lingus flight bound for Belfast City Airport was forced to return to Birmingham on Tuesday afternoon

An Air Lingus aeroplane taxis along a runway while police vehicles with flashing blue lights are parked nearby
An Aer Lingus plane touching down at Birmingham Airport following a security incident

A security incident caused by an undeclared item on-board a flight from Birmingham to Belfast has ended.

Flights were grounded at Birmingham Airport after an Aer Lingus flight heading to Belfast City Airport turned back after take-off on Tuesday afternoon.

A security incident was declared onboard the aircraft, and a Birmingham Airport spokeswoman said the plane landed safely and passengers and crew disembarked.

She said flights at the airport were “temporarily suspended”, but urged travellers to continue to make their way to the airport and check in as normal.

The airport reopened at 6pm, and the spokeswoman said: “Customers are advised to check with their airline, or on the Birmingham Airport website, before checking in due to potential delays.”

All flights in and out of Birmingham Airport were listed as delayed on its website on Tuesday evening.

An Aer Lingus spokesperson said: “We can confirm that an undeclared item discovered on Aer Lingus Regional flight EI3647, operated by Emerald Airlines, from Birmingham to Belfast today was not a security risk. Our teams are currently working to accommodate impacted passengers.”