Manchester Airport reopens for business
An announcement came through from the CAA at 10pm on Tuesday evening and the airport began to work alongside airlines and other companies on site to prepare for arrivals and departures.
Around ten flights left overnight as aircraft left to repatriate stranded passengers from Europe and North America. While the first flight into Manchester with passengers aboard was a Thomas Cook flight from Sharm-El-Sheik in Egypt that landed at 4.15am, returning 60 people to the North West. There have continued to be several other departures and arrivals filtering in as the morning progresses and more are expected as the day continues.
Andrew Cornish, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “I’m obviously delighted and we’ve not stood still throughout the crisis, working behind the scenes to make sure we’re prepared once the airspace ban was lifted. It is going to be a difficult few days before we return to normal but additional staff are being brought into the terminals to help our passengers deal with this unprecedented situation. We’d also like to thank our passengers and staff for their continued patience and understanding since this situation began on Thursday 15 April.”
The airport is advising passengers to contact their airline before travelling to the airport for any flight because schedules will take some time to return to normal. After six days without flights and tens of thousands of passengers waiting to be repatriated, significant disruption is likely before normal operations are resumed.
Live flight data is currently not available on the airport website as the airlines and airport look to reorganise the schedule but are aiming to reinstate the service as soon as reasonably possible.