Are any Manchester Airport flights cancelled today? Storm Franklin disruption and how to check flight status

With Storm Franklin now in full flow, will flights from Manchester Airports be impacted? We look at the forecast and find out how to check flight status ahead of travel.

After the disruption mayhem that was caused by Storm Dudley, the devastation and widespread damage caused by Storm Eunice, the country is now facing another threat - Storm Franklin.

The storm, which began around mid-day on Sunday (February 20) is not thought to be as powerful as Storm Eunice, which delivered winds to UK shores as high as 110mph, with shores seeing the brunt of Eunice.

Friday was when Storm Eunice peaked. It caused fatalities, football games to be cancelled, trains cancelled, threat to life warnings and Covid-like travel rules.

Despite Storm Franklin appearing weak compared to the storms we have endured for the past week, there have still been multiple weather warnings for wind issued, albeit most of them are yellow.

With people still on red alert, fuelled by the power of the Eunice we all experienced, will there be travel disruptions for Manchester?

Will flights be cancelled to and from Manchester Airport?

When asked for a comment, a spokesperson from Manchester Airport said on Friday: “People should check directly with their airline if they have any queries.”

According to FlightView, aside from a few delays - which occur throughout the entire calendar year for a variety of reasons - no cancellations have been announced for any flight going in or out of Manchester Airport.

How do I check if my flight is cancelled?

As stated, currently no flights are cancelled today. But, flight status is something that can change very quickly, and there are ways to check your cancellation status.

If you need to check your cancellation status, contact the airline directly for a quick update on the status of your flight. Alternatively, you could use websites/apps such as FlightView, FlightStats and FlightAware to view up-to-date information on flights.

Sometimes, you have to do nothing as certain airlines will directly message or email you if a flight is cancelled. This can vary, as some airlines may not offer this service.

What weather can Manchester expect today - and what is a yellow weather warning?

Manchester has been issued a yellow weather warning.

The city should be well used to Storm Franklin by now, as the weather warning was active from mid-day yesterday, and is due to end at 1pm today (February 21).

The weather warning system is based on three colours: yellow, orange and red.

With Manchester having a yellow weather warning, it is a sign of the stark contrast in power between Storm Eunice and Franklin.

Storm Eunice sent large parts of the country into meltdown, as a rare red weather warning was issued for most of the South West, South East and wales.

You can expect this from a yellow weather warning:

  • Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen, along with trees/branches being brought down
  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible
  • Some roads and bridges may close
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

For the weather today, the Met Office says: “Monday’s starting on a cloudy, showery and extremely windy note, thanks to storm Franklin. However, the strong wind and showers will ease this morning, to leave a dry, bright and less blustery afternoon. Still feeling rather chilly. Maximum temperature 10 °C.”