Check your flights, says Manchester after it was forced to temporarily cease operations

By Linsey McNeill
19/01/2023
Home » Check your flights, says Manchester after it was forced to temporarily cease operations

Manchester Airport was forced to cancel, delay or divert several flights this morning due to ‘heavy snowfall’.

It closed its runways for around three and a half hours, before announcing that it had resumed operations at 8.45am.

However, passengers are still being advised by the airport to contact their airlines to see if their flights to and from Manchester are going ahead as planned.

The closure forced some flights to be diverted to other airports, including Birmingham, London Gatwick and London Heathrow.

An airport spokesperson declined to say how many passengers or flights were affected.

In a tweet, the airport blamed ‘heavy snow for the disruption, however, passengers at the airport said they were bewildered as there was only a ‘smattering’ of snow.

One person tweeted: “How can so little snow cause so many problems? Maybe some better training and better equipment would be good? Maybe talk to the airports that get a lot of snow every week and still operate.”

One user said it was the second closure since the beginning of December, adding: “It’s time to invest in some real heavy duty winter equipment.”

Travel Gossip understands that Manchester Airport had around five centimetres of snow this morning, but as little as 3mm can reduce braking efficiency of aircraft and reduce visibility of runway lighting and markings.

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