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Power outage disrupts flights at Manchester Airport in London


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Manchester Airport recorded massive disruption and flight delays due to a power outage on Sunday morning.

According to the airport’s press release, the power cut caused significant disruption, leading to the cancellation of flights from Terminals 1 and 2.

Passengers scheduled to travel from these terminals today are advised not to come to the airport until further notice, Xinhua news agency reports.

The airport’s managing director, Chris Woodroofe, said there was a “fault” with a cable onsite, which sent a surge of power across the network and impacted baggage processing and security systems.

At one time all flights out of Terminals 1 and 2 didn’t depart, and service was affected at Terminal 3.

“Manchester Airport was affected by a major power cut in the area earlier this morning. This has caused widespread disruption and a significant number of flights, particularly from Terminals 1 and 2, are expected to be delayed or cancelled,” the airport said.

The airport said flights scheduled for today should not be affected.

“We thank passengers for their patience and our resilience team and customer service colleagues for their hard work,” the airport said.

Cancelled were 29 flights from the airport and 36 to the airport, according to Flight Aware. This represented about 10 percent of the flights.

“Thousands of people were stood around outside just being told to queue for baggage, with the only announcements being the same, ‘Thank you for your patience,’” said Eva Horsefield, a passenger who was waiting at the airport, told CNN. “Thousands of people sat on the cold floor for six-plus hours.”

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