'Significant' delays at Manchester Airport major power cut causes mayhem

Power is now back on at Manchester Airport but huge disruption remains
-Credit: (Image: Manchester Evening News)

A “significant” number of flights from Manchester Airport are expected to be delayed or cancelled after a “major power cut”. In a social media post on Sunday morning, the airport warned of “widespread disruption” to passengers.

The issue is particularly affecting departures from terminals 1 and 2. The airport advised passengers due to travel from these terminals not to go to the airport and to contact their airlines for up-to-date information.

Those due to fly from terminal 3 are being told to go to the airport as normal, unless advised otherwise by their airline. But passengers using this terminal could still be affected by delays, said the airport.

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The power outage means there may mean instances some people’s baggage will not be on flights. A number of arriving flights are being diverted to other airports. In a statement issued at 6.30am today (Sunday, June 23), the airport said the problem arose during the early hours.

A Manchester Airport spokesperson said: “We apologise for any inconvenience and aim to restore normal service as soon as possible.” In an update issued at about 7.45am, the airport said “power has been restored", adding that it was “working to get those passengers already at the airport onto flights as soon as possible”.

Airline easyJet, which operates flights from Terminal 1, said there were “very long queues” for security. Hold bag processing was also disrupted, meaning passengers can only board flights with cabin luggage.

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easyJet 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.”

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