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Flights cancelled at Manchester Airport as thick fog closes runway

Thick freezing fog has kept planes grounded at Manchester Airport (Picture: Mercury Press)
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By admin , in UK , at December 18, 2017

Joe Roberts for Metro.co.uk

Flights cancelled at Manchester Airport as thick fog closes runway
Thick freezing fog has kept planes grounded at Manchester Airport (Picture: Mercury Press)

All flights were temporarily suspended at Manchester Airport as thick fog kept planes grounded.

A ‘minor defect’ on runway one kept it out of action until 5pm, while runway two remains closed because of the weather conditions.

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Many thousands of passengers are affected with airport bosses still unable to give an estimated reopening time.

It follows a day of delays and flight cancellations because of patches of thick freezing fog.

Flights to Amsterdam, Belfast and Aberdeen have all been cancelled, while flights to Dublin and Geneva this morning were still grounded five hours after their departure times.

Flights cancelled at Manchester Airport as thick fog closes runway
Planes were barely visible through the thick fog (Picture: Mercury Press)
Flights cancelled at Manchester Airport as thick fog closes runway
Passengers at other airports are currently stuck (Picture: Mercury Press)

A number of passengers are also currently stuck at other airports while inbound flights wait to takeoff.

Tonight the Met Office issued a weather warning and said patches of freezing fog were likely to thicken quickly during the course of tonight’s rush hour.

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The warning is also expected to remain in force into Tuesday morning and beyond.

The Met Office said: ‘Fog is expected to thicken across parts of north-west England, the north-west Midlands and north-east Wales quickly on Monday evening.

‘Slower journey times are likely with some delays to bus and train services possible.

Runway one has now re-opened following essential maintenance work and operations have resumed. As a result of the closure, there will be ongoing delays to clear the backlog of flights. Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline.

— Manchester Airport (@manairport) December 18, 2017

‘Some delays and cancellations to flights are also possible. This may lead to visibilities falling below 100 metres in places.

‘During the night the fog may start to lift into low cloud but this may be a slow process with some patches perhaps lingering throughout the night.

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‘Given the time of year only a slow improvement to conditions is expected on Tuesday morning though cloud arriving from the west may help lift the fog.’

In a statement on Monday evening, a Manchester Airport spokesman said: ‘Due to a minor defect on Runway One, operations have had to be temporarily suspended whilst essential repairs are undertaken.

‘Unfortunately due to the heavy fog, flights are currently unable to make use of Runway Two. We hope to have Runway One back in operation shortly.

‘The safety of all of our passengers is of paramount importance and they are advised to check the status of their flights with their airline.’

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