Thousands of holidaymakers endured widespread delays this morning after Manchester Airport ran out of fuel for the first time in its history, leaving 13 flights stranded on the Tarmac.
Aircraft have been battling the problem at the airport since yesterday afternoon, eventually sparking delays today which saw passengers on one flight to Tunisia having to wait an extra two-and-a-half hours.
Airport officials had today rectified last night’s problem, which was caused by production problems at its supplier, the Essar refinery, near Ellesmere Port on Merseyside.
But a handful of airlines waiting to refuel to leave the airport will not be able to draw on the replenished stocks until 8.30am.
The airport confirmed this morning that of the 13 flights affected, one was to Tunisia, while the others were all short haul European flights to mainland destinations in the likes of Spain, Portugal and Greece.
Most flights were delayed for less that 30 minutes, but a flight to Tunisia scheduled to leave at 6am was delayed for two-and-a-half hours.
An airport spokesman today insisted they were close to ‘business as usual’, but conceded there had been a ‘very small number of delays’.
The problem arose after jet fuel supplies from Stanlow in nearby Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, were disrupted because of quality concerns at the oil refinery.