Manchester Airport chaos: ‘Armed police’ step in as flights grounded

EasyJet said they are experiencing IT systems issues, affecting flights due to take off from 1pm to 3pm. The issues have grounded the airlines flights across the UK, with at least 30 flights to and from Gatwick Airport cancelled as a result.

Twitter user Ladey Grey said: “Armed police everywhere, flights grounded, easyJet not giving any information to anyone. 

“Airport staff not sure, message keeps changing, being escorted away from the gates.

“I don’t like to be a pessimist but I *think* we’re not making it to Italy today.”

Manchester Airport told “police regularly patrol the airport and it is standard across the UK that those in airports are armed”.

They also noted “no other airlines are affected by this”.

A spokeswoman for easyJet said: “Unfortunately, we are currently experiencing IT systems issues which means that flights due to depart between 13:00 and 15:00 UK time today may be impacted.

“Our team of IT specialists is working to restore the systems as soon as possible.

“We advise customers due to travel with us today to continue to check Flight Tracker to check the status of their flight before making their way to the airport.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused and would like to thank customers for their patience as we work to resolve this as soon as possible.”