Manchester Airport closed after fire breaks out in tunnel

Published on : Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Manchester AirportA car fire in a road tunnel led to one of Manchester Airport’s runways being closed, causing delays to some flights.

 

Flights have been moved to the airport’s second runway due to the smoke, causing delays and diversions.

 

A Manchester Airport spokeswoman said that seven flights had been diverted elsewhere because of the closure, and that there were delays for the majority of flights.

 

Firefighters are battling the blaze after it broke out in Wilmslow Road, which runs beneath runway one. Photos shared on social media show heavy smoke billowing from the underpass.

 

The airport said some planes were delayed and passengers should check the status of their flight with the airline.

 

Eyewitnesses said that the fire started when a vehicle burst into flames with a bang and soon after smoke began to billow out.

 

Passengers had reported being stuck at foreign airports as a result, while others said their flights had been diverted to Liverpool, Birmingham and Leeds Bradford Airport.

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