Manchester airport’s operator is blaming a “power spike” for an electrical supply failure at two terminals on 23 June which severely disrupted flight operations.

While power has been restored, it says, the impact on a number of systems led to substantial delays.

“There was a big power spike in our electrical system due to a failure early on this morning,” says Manchester airport managing director Chris Woodroofe.

“That’s damaged some really key equipment for our departures security and departures baggage systems.”

Boarding-card processing and baggage screening were disrupted by the situation.

Terminal 2 Manchester airport-c-MAG

Source: MAG

Power outages affected crucial systems at Manchester’s Terminal 1 and 2

Woodroofe says aircraft, as a result, aircraft were unable to depart from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. He adds that this prevent inbound aircraft from landing “because there’s no space to park those aircraft on the airfield”.

A number of flights were diverted while all services from Terminal 1 and 2 were cancelled. Operations at Terminal 3 were still able to proceed.

Manchester’s operator expects the flight schedule to be restored to normal on 24 June.