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Ebola screening to be extended to Manchester airports

Ebola screening is to be extended to Manchester Airport Credit: PA

Ebola screening for travellers arriving in Britain from affected areas in West Africa is to be extended to Manchester and Birmingham airports, the head of Public Health England has said.

In his weekly message to staff, Duncan Selbie said that once the existing measures covering Heathrow, Gatwick and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras had "settled", they would be rolled out to other ports of entry.

Next week the focus will be on Gatwick and St Pancras and, once settled there, we will then move to include Manchester and Birmingham," he said.

I appreciate very much that we are taking people away from their normal work, and please be assured that we are thinking hard and listening carefully to those on the ground to see how we can make this more sustainable.

What I am certain of is that we have the people who know how to keep the country safe and that is exactly what we will do.

– Duncan Selbie, head of Public Health England.

Plane returns to Manchester Airport after captain reported a technical fault

A passenger jet carrying 278 people was returned to Manchester Airport shortly after departure today when the captain reported a technical fault.

The flight to Dalaman in Turkey, operated by a Thomas Cook Airlines, was turned around shortly after its departure from Manchester at 7.15am.

During the early part of the flight, when the aircraft was still in UK airspace, a technical fault was reported and as a precaution the flight returned to the airport.

The plane is now being examined by engineers and passengers will be placed on an alternative aircraft.

We can confirm that flight TCX2534 from Manchester to Dalaman landed normally after a priority landing was requested by the Captain - the aircraft returned to Manchester and our engineers are now inspecting the aircraft.

"We’d like to thank our customers for their patience during the delay to the start of their holiday.”

– Thomas Cook Airlines

A dash down the runway for charity

Vernon Kay, Gary Lineker and Gok Wan will be joining 200 runners on Sunday 21st September for a charity runway run at Manchester Airport. The 4k run is in aid of two special children’s charities Flying Start and a medical centre in the african country of Uganda.
Runners and walkers will wear red outfits to complete the course around the edge of the runway.

Bolton's Vernon Kay will join around 200 runners and walkers Credit: PA

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Huge queues at Manchester airport

Big queues at Manchester Credit: @EmBombIbiza via MEN SYNDICATON

Passengers waiting to go on holiday at Manchester airport were seen queueing out of the terminal doors and through the car park early on Friday morning.Security measures have been increased at airports across the UK this week after a terror warning from the United States authorities.

Queues out the door at Manchester airport

Manchester queues Credit: @iandoublem

Holidaymakers were forced to queue OUTSIDE Manchester Airportearly today as they waited to clear security.

It comes as airports were told to beef up security on US flights amid warnings that two terror networks were reportedly working on a bomb that could that could evade existing measures.

Manchester Airport said the queues were unrelated to any security changes and were due to the busy summer holiday season.

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