Passengers describe ‘chaos’ and missed flights as Manchester Airport hit by power cut
‘Just seen my Ryanair flight fly over my head as I’m queuing outside terminal 3’
‘Chaotic’ scenes have been described as Manchester Airport has been hit by a power cut today.
Passengers have described ‘chaotic’ scenes at Manchester Airport today as they stood and watched their ‘flights take off without them’ after a power outage caused disruption.
The power cut — due to a fault at an external substation— hit Terminal 3 just before 8am this morning (Wednesday May 24th). It caused issues with check-in and boarding, leaving passengers ‘stranded’ and stuck in tail-back queues.
As reported in The Manchester Evening News, a number of passengers missed their flights due to delays and said ‘planes took off without them’.
One passenger said she got to the airport at 7am — three hours before her 10am Ryanair flight to Tenerife, but missed it as she was stuck trying to check-in her luggage.
Megan tweeted: “@askryanair @Ryanair @manairport @MENnewsdesk supposed to fly to Tenerife at 10am. Got here at 7am & waited for desk to open.
“Power cut at airport so stuck trying to check luggage in. Plane has gone. What are we supposed to do? Nobody has come to advise us. It’s my birthday today!”
Other passengers also tweeted about the disruption, as Tom McKenna said: “Absolute chaos down at @manairport just seen my Ryanair flight fly over my head as I’m queuing outside terminal 3. Utter disgrace…should be ashamed of themselves.”
Laura Marie tweeted: “Stood at T3 bag check in since 7:30am, hundreds of people stranded, no-one in charge letting us know what is going on, flight has already left @Ryanair can someone actually help please?”
She then added: “@Ryanair have told us no more flights today and we have to come back tomorrow. We have had to book new flights and a hotel which comes at additional expense we should not have to pay.
“I fully appreciate this is not anyone’s fault but some communication would help.”
Kate Vaudrey said: “Absolute shambles this morning. None of the ground staff were prioritising check in based on flight times.
“Only 2 members of staff available for baggage drop off. 80 passengers missed our Ryanair flight this morning.”
In the latest update, the airport said some passengers may be facing longer waiting times but that staff were doing everything they could to ease the disruption.
The airport apologised for the inconvenience caused by the power outage — which was due to a fault at an external substation and has since been resolved.
The latest update posted on the official Manchester Airport Twitter account said: “The power outage that affected Terminal 3 shortly before 8am has been resolved and we are working to return services to normal.
“We are aware this means some passengers are facing longer waiting times than usual as our airlines recover their check-in processes and we apologise for any inconvenience. Passengers are advised to check with their airline for the most up-to-date flight information.”
Ryanair said the issue ‘was entirely beyond’ the airline’s control as they also apologised for disruption.
In a statement, a Ryanair spokesperson said: “Due to a power outage at Manchester Airport, which was entirely beyond Ryanair’s control, some passengers missed their flights from Manchester Airport this morning (24 May).
“Where possible, we have re-accommodated affected passengers on alternative Ryanair flights departing later today and where alternative flights are not available today, we advise passengers to contact our Customer Service Team.
“We sincerely apologise to affected passengers for any inconvenience caused as a result of this power outage at Manchester Airport, which was entirely beyond Ryanair’s control.”
The airport later said power had been restored and they were working ‘to return services to normal and minimise disruption’.
Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear diagnosed with dementia
Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear, who played Bet Lynch, has been diagnosed with dementia, her husband has revealed.
The 81-year-old who played the iconic pub landlady of the Rovers Return on the show sought medical advice after ‘suffering forgetfulness’ but there was now ‘no hope of a reversal in the situation’, her husband Scott Brand said.
He shared news of her diagnosis in a statement, writing: “My darling wife and I have had to come to terms with this heart-breaking diagnosis.
“Unfortunately, Julie has been suffering forgetfulness for some time and we have been seeking medical advice and assistance, but we now know that there is no hope of a reversal in the situation — and that her condition will get progressively, and perhaps speedily, worse.
“We have taken the decision to publicly announce the diagnosis as Julie still loves visiting friends and eating out.
“Inevitably she is recognised, and fans love to meet her – and she them – but she can get confused particularly if she is tired. I hope people will understand.”
Goodyear played the leopard-skin-wearing, big-haired barmaid on the cobbles from 1966 to 2003.
Thanks to Goodyear, Bet Lynch became one of the ITV soap opera’s longest-serving and best-loved characters.
The iconic actress also appeared on reality shows such as Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Fit Club.
Tragedy as police find body of missing man last seen leaving pub
Police have confirmed the body as being Christopher
Police have confirmed a body has been tragically found in the search for a missing man in Marple.
Christopher Barlow, 31, was last seen shortly after 1am on Sunday, June 4th after leaving the Royal Oak pub in Mellor, Stockport.
He was last sighted turning left to walk along Brabyns Brow from Town Street.
Police officers and specialist teams searched a specific area beside the Peak Forest and remained at the scene after the tragic discovery on Tuesday, June 6th.
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed the body as being Christopher, and his family have been informed. A report is currently being prepared for the Coroner’s Office.
Detective Superintendent Helen Critchley, of GMP’s Stockport district, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with Chris’s family and friends at this very distressing time.
“I would also like to thank the local community for their support with the search and the wider public for their assistance in sharing our appeal.”
According to The Manchester Evening News, on Monday evening (June 5th) the water search and marine unit, as well as a number of police vehicles and detectives were at the scene.
A large section of the canal was closed off to boats the next day as the search for Christopher continued.
Canal towpaths were also taped off as divers went into the water and officers searched nearby woodland.
Man to complete visiting every Wetherspoon pub in Britain and Ireland this week
Now he only has one final pub left to visit
A man will complete his visit to every Wetherspoon pub in Britain and Ireland this week as he sips his final pint to conclude his mission.
Most people like to see how far they can make it in a pub crawl but David Bingham, 60, decided to take it much further than that.
The Derbyshire man, who set out on the task in 2019, will conclude his journey of sipping a pint at all 875 Wetherspoon venues this week, including the 40 that have closed.
Now he only has one final pub left to visit, and he’s booked a flight at the South Terminal in Gatwick Airport in order to tick it off his long list.
The last of the boozers will be The Flying Horse, which is conveniently located right after security at the airport. Wetherspoons has praised his dedication.
Mr Bingham, from West Hallam, has said his other passions are trainspotting and following Burton Albion. He took on the challenge while also pursuing his other hobbies. Mr Bingham told the BBC: “If we were going somewhere new, I’d suss out the Wetherspoons.”
His partner Una Cooper bought him a directory of the pubs and he began ticking them off. “I’ve had a drink in most pubs, I’d say 85%,” he said.
“I’m a lager lad, definitely. The one in Ramsgate [in the Royal Victoria Pavilion] is my favourite because the history behind that building is incredible.
“But there are five police stations, there are churches, there’s chapels, there’s a tram depot, there’s a fire station.
“They just save these fantastic buildings. I love architecture and I love buildings. It’s a history lesson.”
Wetherspoon spokesman, Eddie Gershon, said: “We applaud David Bingham on his outstanding achievement.
“Many people love to visit Wetherspoon pubs across the UK and Ireland, but only a handful have visited each and every one. David will now join that select group.
“He has obviously put in a lot of time and effort into achieving his goal and we thank him for his dedication to our pubs.”