Commercial flights have been cut at Bristol airport following airlines grounding aircraft around the world.

The south-west gateway is remaining open to help maintain “vital air links” in conjunction with carriers and government departments during the coronavirus crisis.

A spokesperson said: “Bristol airport remains open with a reduced number of commercial/scheduled flights as well as assisting with repatriation, medical, military and other essential movements.

We continue to work closely with airlines, the government, Department for Transport and Public Health England on the latest information and guidance for customers.

“Safety and security of our customers and staff is our key priority at all times and enhanced cleaning procedures and self-distancing policies are in place to keep our customers and colleagues safe, whilst providing these vital air links.

Meanwhile, East Midlands airport has seen the smallest drop in flight numbers of any major airport in Europe over the last week, followed by Bergen, Stavanger and Cologne, due to a rise in cargo flights.

“While passenger flights have been hit hard due to restrictions on overseas travel, cargo movements are increasing,” a spokesperson said.

“East Midlands airport is demonstrating its national importance and resilience, bringing critical supplies, like face masks and hospital equipment, into the country at this time of crisis.”