Manchester airport flights delayed after refuelling power failure

Flights to Tenerife, Belfast and Milan among 86 cancelled as passengers’ frustration grows

 Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2 and British Airways flights are affected by the refuelling problem at Manchester airport. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Dozens of flights were delayed and cancelled at Manchester airport on Sunday because of refuelling problems.

Up to 13,000 passengers were left frustrated after flights to Tenerife, Belfast and Milan were among the 86 cancelled, while others have been delayed by about three hours.

It is believed that all refuelling on site has stopped and the airport has suggested a power failure is the cause. The international airport, which remains open, has urged people to check with their airline for updates. Passengers said they had been told the problems would last until at least 10pm.

Of the 86 flight cancellations, 44 are departures and 42 are arrivals. Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2 and British Airways flights are affected.

Some passengers said they had been offered hotels after waiting in the terminal for more than three hours. Travellers expressed their frustrations about the delays on social media.

Ellis Davies wrote: “Heads up on anyone is flying out of #ManchesterAirport this evening – no flights leaving atm as there’s no fuel! They’ll only tell you once you’re ON THE PLANE. Been sat on the tarmac for 90 minutes.”

Paul Hitchman tweeted: “Absolute shambles at #manchesterairport apparently an electrical failure in the fuel transfer system causing major delays. Bring back the tankers.”

Rachael Smith, 36, from Edinburgh, found out that her flight to Preveza in Greece was cancelled after sitting on a stationary plane for three hours.

She told the Manchester Evening News: “I’ve been sitting here close on three hours now, which funnily enough was the flight time.

“We’ve just been told the flight has been cancelled. We’re waiting to be taken off but there’s a backlog. So it will be a hotel and hopefully a flight tomorrow.

“It would have been nice to know [what the problem was] a little bit sooner.”

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