Manchester Airport will close one of its two runways for most of February to undertake maintenance work.

The airport, which yesterday handled some diverted traffic from Heathrow, described the work on its second runway as routine and said it had been scheduled for a quiet period to minimise disruption.

Manchester intends to handle all its usual traffic on the remaining runway However, the closure from February 5-29 will fall during the school half-term holiday and some delays are inevitable.

Airport managing director Andrew Cornish said: “This is important, but routine engineering work. “February is traditionally a quieter time. We hope to manage all the aircraft on runway one and don’t expect this ato cause any significant delays.”