Police in Greece have found no explosives on a British charter plane that made an emergency landing in Athens today after receiving a bomb threat, officials said.

‘The inspection is complete and the plane is expected to depart,’ the spokeswoman at Athens International Airport told AFP.

The Boeing 757-200 operated by Thomson Airways with 225 people on board had landed shortly before 12noon with an escort of two Greek F-16 fighter jets and a Super Puma search-and-rescue helicopter.

The passengers disembarked and the police sweep took more than six hours.

The charter plane was en route from Bristol to the popular Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, the airport spokeswoman said.

Thomson Airways said there were 217 passengers and eight crew on board.