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Passengers stranded at Belfast City Airport

Thirteen flights were cancelled and scores of passengers left stranded last night after two de-icing machines broke down at one of Northern Ireland's main airports.

Services in and out of George Best Belfast City Airport were hit after the unprecedented mechanical failures.

Airline Flybe, which operates one of the machines to de-ice planes and is the airport's biggest user, cancelled a number of services.

The other machine was operated by ground handling agent Aviance.

It is understood one of the machines was repaired at 8.30pm on Friday, shortly after the breakdowns.

The runway remained open all evening but incoming flights were also disrupted due to knock-on delays at boarding gates.

Airport chiefs are limited to operating flights up until 9.30pm but services are allowed up until midnight in exceptional circumstances.

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