Passengers have been forced to endure cancellations and delays at Manchester Airport due to French aviation strikes and a plane stalling before the runway with its brakes smoking.
Passengers flying to and from Manchester have been affected by the air traffic controller strikes in France over planned staff cuts.
And in a separate incident, emergency crews at Manchester Airport were called out to a Scandanavian Airlines plane after it landed at around 11.43am from Oslo, with its brakes emitting thick smoke.
A Scandanavian Airlines spokesman said this was due to brand new brakes which ‘often smoke’ on the first time they are used.
Firefighters were called to the plane ‘as a precaution’.
Windy landings at Manchester Airport
The plane has now been directed to a stand, removing the blockage, and is currently being inspected.
Some flights were forced into ‘holding patterns’ over Manchester Airport as a result. Some pilots were also forced to perform ‘go-arounds’ - when a plane accelerates back into the air after preparing to land.
Meanwhile, the strikes in France began at 5am on Sunday and are due to continue until Tuesday morning.
Manchester Airport say the action caused the cancellation of six outbound and eight outbound flights yesterday, while 12 flights have been cancelled on Monday so far.
Ryanair boss Robin Kiely has described the strikes as ‘grossly unfair’ and ‘disruptive’.
Fly-through of new-look Manchester Airport terminal
Nationally, 40 easyJet flights have been affected.
An easyJet spokeswoman said: “Although this is outside of our control we would like to apologise to all our customers for any inconvenience and would like to reassure them we are doing all possible to minimise any disruption as a result of the industrial action”
Affected customers can change their flight free of charge or receive a refund.
As well as affecting flights to and from France, the strike action is causing delays to other flights which use French airspace.
A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “SAS flight SK4609 from Oslo stopped on the taxiway after landing due to a technical issue. The fire service attended as a precaution and after being deemed safe, the flight made its way to stand. The incident caused minimal disruption to the airport’s operations.