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Manchester Airport power failure affects Belfast flights

A fuel supply problem hit flights at Manchester Airport (Peter Byrne/PA)
A fuel supply problem hit flights at Manchester Airport (Peter Byrne/PA)

By Eleanor Barlow

Six flights from airports in Northern Ireland were among scores cancelled yesterday due to fuel supply problems at Manchester Airport caused by a power failure.

Last night's 9.15pm flight from Belfast City to Manchester was the latest to be axed.

Five Belfast International Airport flights were also cancelled, a BIA spokeswoman said.

A Manchester Airport spokesman said there were a total of 69 cancellations - 37 arrivals and 32 departures.

Other flights were hit by delays after the problems started yesterday afternoon.

The spokesman said: "Due to a power issue this afternoon there is currently an issue with the fuel supply at the airport. Engineers are currently on site to fix the issue and we are working with airlines to try and minimise the impact."

Some passengers had been waiting on grounded aircraft for almost two hours.

Meanwhile, extra checks have been conducted on aircraft fuel at Belfast City Airport after a delivery failed testing requirements. A Flybe flight was delayed on Thursday, with passengers kept on board the aircraft while alternative fuel was secured.

Lord Jonathan Caine, a political aide to Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley, was one passenger affected.

The Tory peer said the delay was "beyond ridiculous".

Belfast City Airport said: "One fuel delivery to the site did not meet our requirements and some minor delays were incurred.

"Precautionary and additional checks were made to all other fuel in storage in accordance with normal procedures."

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