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System fault delays flights at Manchester Airport

The airport says engineers are working to resolve the issue. Credit: PA

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.

– Manchester Airport spokesperson

Cyclist killed after collision with tram near Manchester Airport

Robinswood Road Metrolink stop Credit: Google Maps

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.”

– Metrolink Director, Peter Cushing


'Suspicious' device found on Air France jet at Manchester Airport

The control tower at Manchester Airport. Credit: Press Association.

A security alert at Manchester Airport has been stood down after a 'suspicious device' was found on an Air France jet.

Greater Manchester Police said the device, on a flight to Manchester from Paris Charles De Gaulle, has been seized by officers and "safely security checked".

Airport operations have returned to normal, the police said.

"Shortly before 1.30pm on Saturday 21 November 2015, police received a report of a potentially suspicious item on a flight from Paris due to land at Manchester Airport.

"The aircraft landed a short time later, where it was met by emergency services and airport staff and passengers safely disembarked from the flight.

"The electronic item in question has been seized by officers and has now been safely security checked. Officers are now working to establish the identity of its owner."

– Greater Manchester Police

"Manchester Airport operations team responded to a request from police to meet an aircraft travelling from France this afternoon.

"The aircraft was scheduled to arrive just after 1330, it landed safely and was met by emergency services.

"Passengers and crew safely disembarked whilst the police continued their operation. "

– Manchester Airport

Bomb hoax at Manchester Airport causes evacuation of plane

Easy Jet plane Credit: PA

Police have confirmed the evacuation of a plane at Manchester Airport was caused by a bomb hoax.

At around 3.30pm on Thursday 19 November 2015, officers were called to Stand One at Manchester Airport's Pier B following reports that a passenger had claimed to have a bomb in his bag.

The aircraft was immediately evacuated and two men, aged 45 and 46, were arrested on suspicion of making a bomb hoax.

The passengers and their baggage are now being subjected to another security screening before they are allowed back on the plane.

The searches and security checks are on-going and no explosive devices have so far been found.

– GMP statement
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