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Too frosty to fly: Manchester Airport shut runways as icy weather causes chaos for passengers

By Dean Wilkins

A shift in temperature and icy conditions forced Manchester Airport to cancel and suspend numerous flights to combat the freezing winter weather this morning.

Airport staff stopped flights landing or taking off from runaways for around 45 minutes from approximately 7.20am today.

And hundreds of disgruntled passengers, who felt that better planning was needed to combat the harsh climate, were left stranded as staff applied anti-ice to planes.

A spokesman for Manchester Airport said: “We suspended runway operations for a short period earlier this morning to apply anti-icer but are now reopen.

“Expect a few minor delays as a result.

“We apologise for the inconvenience with the delay, but we’ll never take a risk because safety always absolutely comes first.”

Runways reopened at around 8.10am but some holidaymakers had already missed connecting flights as the airport dealt with the minor backlog of flights.

The icy weather is expected to move further south throughout the day as much of Greater Manchester basks in sunshine – despite the near freezing conditions.

Up to six inches of snow has fallen overnight in some parts of the UK, and thousands of people were affected by travel chaos this morning as roads, rail tracks and public transport were hit by the winter weather.

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