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Hurricane Ophelia makes its mark at Manchester Airport

50 flights from Manchester to Ireland were cancelled

Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the West Coast of England on October 9th, causing widespread chaos.

Many flights from airports in the region were disrupted, including 50 flights from Manchester Airport to Ireland (Dublin) and Northern Ireland (Belfast).

The hurricane itself was categorised as a Category 3 hurricane, meaning widespread damage was inevitable. Three people died in Ireland on Monday afternoon, two of them in car accidents and the other by a fallen tree.

With global temperatures on the rise it is predicted that there will be more hurricanes reaching our shores, and travel disruption will get worse as a consequence. This begs the question of how do the airports and flight operators handle such situations if we know there will be disruption, can we plan better?

Posted by , 26th October 2017