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Some passengers whose journey plans had been thrown into chaos by an influence minimize at Manchester Airport face additional delays as airways rearrange grounded flights.

Airport bosses stated all flights scheduled for Monday “were expected to run as usual”.

But it stated airways can be in contact with travellers whose flights had been cancelled on Sunday.

More than 90,000 folks had been affected when the outage brought on issues with safety and baggage screening. The airport has apologised.

According to Manchester’s reside departure board, there have been a number of delays of an hour or extra, together with a 07:30 BST flight to Ibiza set to depart at 08:30.

A flight to Bourgas in Bulgaria, because of depart at 06:05, was delayed till 09:41.

Travel professional Simon Calder advised BBC 5Live that Sunday’s occasions might have a “serious” affect on aviation by “knocking confidence”.

He stated: “There will be some people who take one look at this, look at the stress and the anxiety and the upset, and the not knowing what’s going on, and say ‘well I’m not going to do that’.

“That will have an effect on an airport’s enterprise, probably extra broadly airports’ companies.”

Mr Calder said the industry was “aggressive”, with Manchester risking losing out to alternative airports.

“If persons are chatting within the pub and say ‘effectively I used Liverpool John Lennon Airport and it was high quality, good and uncrowded, appears to work OK’, then you definately would possibly get a cohort of individuals really transferring away from Manchester Airport to a different airport.”

From the early hours of Sunday, outbound flights were grounded and scheduled arrivals were diverted to other UK airports.

By lunchtime, 66 outbound flights (25% of all departures) and 50 inbound journeys (18% of all arrivals) had been cancelled, according to aviation analytics company Cirium.

At about 19:30 BST, airport bosses said flights had resumed and vowed to hold an investigation into what happened.

Passengers whose flights were cancelled described the situation at the airport as “chaos”, and photos shared on social media showed large queues and stalled baggage carousels piled high with luggage.

There are reports of some people’s baggage not being loaded on planes.

Kelvin Knaver, from St Helens, had been due to fly to Amsterdam with EasyJet.

He told BBC North West Tonight: “It has been a multitude. There’s such a backlog that it’s going to take ceaselessly to clear.”

EasyJet saw the largest number of cancellations. It said the delays were “out of its management” and that it was “doing every thing attainable to minimise the affect of the disruption”.

One Singapore Airlines flight from Houston in Texas was diverted to London Heathrow while another which departed from Singapore had to land at London Gatwick.

An Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi had to touch down in Birmingham Airport instead.

Chris Woodroofe, the managing director of the Manchester Airport, said he was sorry for the delays and that staff were “ensuring the affect [did] not stick with it” into the coming days.

The disruption was caused by a “fault” with a cable on the airport, which despatched a surge of energy throughout {the electrical} community, he stated.