All flights from Manchester Airport's Terminals 1 and 2 cancelled due to power cut

All flights out of Terminals 1 and 2 have been cancelled 'until further notice'
-Credit: (Image: Kenny Brown | Manchester Evening News)

All flights departing from Terminals 1 and 2 at Manchester Airport have been cancelled following a sizeable power outage. In the early morning hours, passengers intending to depart through these terminals were advised to keep away due to the power failure.

Although power has now been reinstated, both baggage handling and security systems are still experiencing issues. The disruption has caused significant travel chaos, with countless individuals reporting delays and cancellations. A midday update by the airport declared that all flights from Terminals 1 and 2 would remain cancelled "until further notice".

An airport representative stated that travellers scheduled to fly from Terminal 3 should proceed to the airport "unless advised otherwise by their airline". Social media is abuzz with images of significant lines, while travellers voice their frustration with the situation at the airport. There are also accounts of certain bags failing to make it onto flights, reports the Manchester Evening News.

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EasyJet, which facilitates flights from Terminal One, acknowledged the "very long queues" at security and hold luggage processing disturbances, suggesting that passengers may only take cabin bags on board.

The airline said: "Although outside of our control, we would like to apologise for any inconvenience experienced as a result. We are doing all we can and working closely with the airport team to minimise the disruption."

Several incoming flights had to be rerouted due to disruptions. Notably, an Etihad Airways flight coming from Abu Dhabi Zayed International Airport was redirected to Birmingham Airport.

The airport issued a statement, saying: "We apologise for any inconvenience and aim to restore normal service as soon as possible."

From Virgin Atlantic's side, a spokesperson said: "Following a site-wide power outage at Manchester Airport, baggage systems are currently not operational." They added: "Our teams are working closely with the airport authorities and are keeping our customers up to date with the latest information."

In terms of departures, they said: "Virgin Atlantic flights are currently departing but may be subject to minor delays."