Manchester Airport temporarily closes both runways due to heavy snowfall

Manchester Airport has been forced to close both its runways due to heavy snowfall today (Thursday, January 19).

A statement on Twitter said: “Following a period of heavy snowfall, we have temporarily closed both runways.

“Health and safety will always be our top priority and operations will resume at the earliest opportunity.

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Passengers are advised to contact their airline for the most up-to-date flight information.”

Passengers have reportedly been told that flights could remain grounded until the afternoon.

Snowploughs clearing snow at Manchester Airport. Picture by Martin Rickett. Credit: PA Wire/PA Images
A plane is de-iced at Manchester Airport. Picture by Martin Rickett. Credit: PA Wire/PA Images