By Micheal McKenna
PASSENGERS at Manchester Airport are in a state of panic following the cancellation of 523 flights today.
All flights in and out of the airport have been suspended as ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland moves south.
Thousands of passengers have been grounded this weekend, as the volcanic ash failed to subside.
A spokesman for Manchester Airport said: “This is a major problem for the airport but we are doing everything possible to help and reassure the passengers.
“Unfortunately, this is a problem that is out of our hands but thankfully the passengers are being very understanding and co-operative.”
Manchester Airport has confirmed that 202 in-bound and 311 out-bound flights were cancelled on Thursday and no planes have flown this weekend.
The spokesman said: “We have set up a few extra provisions within the airport. We have got extra staff in and around the terminals to help ease the panic.”
The National Air Traffic Services (NATS) have said no flights will be allowed in UK airspace until at least tomorrow morning amid fears of engine damage.
The reason for this is that volcanic ash contains tiny particles of rock and even glass, which can wreak havoc with an airplane’s mechanics.
Anybody planning on flying from Manchester is advised to check with their airline before they travel.