Northern Ireland

Flight delays at Belfast City Airport after Flybe de-icer fails

Flybe plane
Image caption Flybe said eight of its flights were delayed at the airport on Monday morning

Eight Flybe flights at George Best Belfast City Airport have been delayed on Monday after the airline experienced technical issues with its de-icing equipment.

The 10:20 GMT flight to Glasgow was also cancelled as a result of the problems.

The airline said its engineers had identified the problem and expected the repair to be completed by 15:00 GMT.

It has apologised to passengers who were inconvenienced by the delays.

Snow has fallen in various areas of Northern Ireland overnight with 5 cms likely on high ground.

The City Airport has its own de-icers, but they are contracted to deal with BMI and BMI Baby flights.

They were offered to Flybe when those contractual arrangements had been fulfilled.

The delayed flights were to London Gatwick, Southampton, Newcastle, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds.

Four of the flights which were delayed had been boarded.

Showers have been most frequent over counties Londonderry, Antrim, Tyrone, Fermanagh as well as in north Down.

A warning for ice issued by the Met office is in place for the rest of Monday morning.

The Roads Service has said motorists should be aware that wintry conditions could cause travel disruption in places.

Image caption This picture of snow at Forthill Park in Enniskillen was taken by Cecil Carson

They said salting operations had been ongoing since 17:00 GMT on Sunday.

Showers are expected to continue to fall on Monday, but by the afternoon most of the snow will be over the hills with rain, sleet and hail more likely at lower levels.

It is to remain cold with a top temperature of 5C.

Any fresh falls of snow on Monday night will be mostly confined to the hills.

There is another warning for ice which will still be valid on Tuesday morning.

Temperatures on Monday night will drop below freezing with lows of about - 2C.

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