Fury has erupted as Manchester Airport bosses have temporarily closed both its runways due to snowfall. In a statement released this morning, it said: Health and safety will always be our top priority and operations will resume at the earliest opportunity.” It urges passengers to check with their airline for the most up-to-date information. Much of the UK has been blanketed under snow, or a sharp frost, as the first cold snap of 2023 takes hold.
Pictures show grounded aircraft iced over, with clusters of snow hanging off the exteriors. The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow and ice across the UK, with isolated parts of Scotland having amber alerts to contend with.
The forecaster had warned northern areas would be worst off when it came to plunging temperatures and snowfall. Interactive maps show much of the north and Midlands has woken up to a fresh layer this morning.
While officials say the closure of both runways is in the interests of safety, passengers on Twitter have blasted the move and insisted the country had nothing but a “light dusting of snow.”
One Twitter user said: “”Heavy Snow”? It’s legit barely a flurry, could move it with a shovel in 15 minutes, but instead you delay every flight, even boarding us onto the flight only to delay it even further.”