Manchester airport was forced to cancel 87 flights after a power failure prevented aircraft from being refuelled.

The airport said the issue had been resolved by 3am on Monday morning but fights were cancelled and delayed throughout Sunday afternoon.

Departures to destinations including Tenerife, Belfast and Milan were affected leaving thousands of passengers’ travel plans disrupted.

Of the 87 flights cancelled on Sunday, 42 were arrivals and 45 were departures.

The airport said most scheduled flights would take off as planned today although passengers were warned to expect a small number of delays and cancellations.

Passengers were advised to check the status of their flight with the airline.

A statement on the airport’s website site said: “Engineers have now resolved the power issue which affected the fuel supply.

“Most scheduled flights will operate as planned today; however, we expect that there will be a small number of delays and cancellations as a result of the issues experienced yesterday.

“Please check the status of your flight with your airline. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience.”