The main runway at Manchester Airport is reportedly closed for emergency repairs.
The problem is thought to be a pothole on runway 23R.
This appears to have resulted in several flights being delayed or diverted as all aircraft are currently required to use a secondary runway.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, a source said: “The airport is running a single operation on (runway) 23L, which means that the incoming aircraft will have to taxi down the runway and turn around.”
An airport spokesperson said: “This morning, during one of our regular routine inspections, we identified a surface defect on Runway One. Safety will always be our top priority, so as a precaution, we are temporarily operating all flights from Runway Two while we address the issue urgently. help.
“This can lead to delays in both arrivals and departures, and we apologize to passengers for any inconvenience caused and thank them for their patience.”
A Ryanair passenger tweeted: “Another first for me with Ryanair. Landed at Manchester Airport and the pilot had to make a U-turn to return to the terminal building. Only one runway in use. The pilot showed a little dexterity, I think he secretly enjoyed it.”
Here is the flight path of a British Airways plane from Heathrow to Manchester, which was previously diverted to Liverpool.
Another first for me with Ryanair. Landed at Manchester Airport and the pilot had to make a U-turn to return to the terminal building. Only one runway in use. The pilot showed a bit of dexterity, I think he secretly enjoyed it.
You can see on the map, from the AirNav.RadarBox flight tracking site, how the flight circled over Cheshire and the Peak District before being diverted to Liverpool.
This story is ongoing and we will update if and when we get updates.