Passengers have faced disruption at Manchester Airport tonight after an unattended bag led to the evacuation of terminal 2.
An investigation carried out on the contents of the bag found the item posed no threat and the terminal building has since reopened.
NEW STATEMENT: Upon finding an unattended bag, an area outside terminal two was cordoned off as a precautionary measure. 1/3
Following a thorough investigation, the bag has been cleared as a posing no threat & the process of reopening the terminal is underway. 2/3
As always, the safety & security of our passengers and staff is paramount, and we appreciate the patience of those affected tonight 3/3
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A technical issue has caused significant delays to flights in and out of Manchester airport.
Passengers are asked to check live flight information after a fault with the airport's Electronic Flight Progress Strip System led to a reduction in the number of flights departing and arriving.
The system monitors and ensures the safe movement of planes on the airport's runways and taxiways as well as in local airspace.
Manchester Airport says engineers are currently working to rectify the problem.
You can check live flight information here.
If you are due to fly from Manchester this evening, you are advised to monitor live departure information or contact your airline for further information.
Engineers are currently working to rectify the situation as soon as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience to passengers.
The safety of our passengers is our number one priority and we will work to return the airport to full operation at the earliest opportunity.
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A cyclist has died after being hit by a tram at a tram stop near Manchester Airport.
The incident happened near to the Robinswood Road Metrolink stop at approximately 7am on Tuesday 16 February 2016.
TfGM’s Metrolink Director, Peter Cushing, said:
“I am devastated by this very tragic and sad news and would like to extend my thoughts and deepest sympathies to this man’s family and friends.
“While of absolutely no comfort to his loved ones, I want to make it clear that alongside us supporting the police inquiry in any way we can, a thorough operational investigation into the circumstances surrounding this collision will be undertaken.
“Support will also be provided to the driver and any other staff that may be affected by what’s happened.
“Due to the nature of this incident it would not be appropriate for me to make any further comment at this time.”