All flights at Bristol Airport were halted after an aircraft came off the runway.
Twenty-five people were on board the Embraer 145 jet when the incident occurred at 11.36am on Friday while it was taxiing after landing from Frankfurt, Germany.
An airport spokeswoman said there were no injuries and the plane was towed to an aircraft stand.
Passengers on other flights scheduled to land or take off at Bristol suffered severe disruption as the runway was closed.
Friday is one of the busiest days of the year for travel as people fly to spend Christmas with family and friends.
Over 190,000 people are due to travel through the airport between Friday and January 1, up 5% on the same two-week period 12 months ago.