Last updated: 10:58 AM ET, Mon April 06 2015

Manchester Airport Glitch Diverts Flights

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | April 06, 2015

Manchester Airport Glitch Diverts Flights

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Three flights scheduled to land at Manchester Airport were forced to divert to other British airports this morning due to a technical failure on one of the runways.

Officials at Manchester Airport told The Independent and other United Kingdom media outlets that an issue with the instrument landing system was to blame.

“We had a problem with the landing system on runway one at 11 a.m. for around 30 minutes which meant that we couldn’t land any flights in that part of the airport,” an airport spokesman told the paper. “Flights are arriving on runway two while it is fixed.”

The problem has since been rectified. At issue was the ground equipment that monitors planes in periods of poor visibility. Fog was reported around Manchester this morning.

Only three flights were inconvenienced — a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt and and Iceland Air flight from Keflavik were diverted to Birmingham, while a Flybe flight arriving from Paris went diverted to Liverpool.

No departing flights were affected.

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