Winter Operations Plan (Snow Plan)


Winter conditions on the airfield can inevitably introduce potential hazards to aircraft operations and activity on the apron. Snowfall can impose significant restrictions on the availability of the airfield capacity and can be expected to lead to disruption of normal aircraft operations. In prolonged or severe snowfall, disruption can last for over 24 hours.

Whilst Manchester Airport makes every reasonable effort to clear snow and ice from airside areas, it is a lengthy process, especially when persistent snowfall exists. Unlike landside areas, salt grit cannot be used to treat areas in advance of forecast ice or snowfall. It is therefore essential that all airside users are constantly aware that snow and ice may be present and take precautions as appropriate.

The contents of this plan concentrate on the planning and organisation of the response to forecast or presence of snow and the general execution of the clearance accumulations on the airfield. The treatment of frost or ice on the airfield requires a limited response and is included in Section 13.

The Winter Operations Plan (Snow Plan) conforms to the ICAO standard procedures for the clearance of winter contaminants (snow, ice and slush) from aerodrome surfaces in the UK. These are prescribed in the UK AIP at AD 1.2.2.

The Winter Operations Plan (Snow Plan) can be found directly via the link below.

Winter conditions on the airfield can inevitably introduce potential hazards to aircraft operations and activity on the apron. Snowfall can impose significant restrictions on the availability of the airfield capacity and can be expected to lead to disruption of normal aircraft operations. In prolonged or severe snowfall, disruption can last for over 24 hours.

Whilst Manchester Airport makes every reasonable effort to clear snow and ice from airside areas, it is a lengthy process, especially when persistent snowfall exists. Unlike landside areas, salt grit cannot be used to treat areas in advance of forecast ice or snowfall. It is therefore essential that all airside users are constantly aware that snow and ice may be present and take precautions as appropriate.

The contents of this plan concentrate on the planning and organisation of the response to forecast or presence of snow and the general execution of the clearance accumulations on the airfield. The treatment of frost or ice on the airfield requires a limited response and is included in Section 13.

The Winter Operations Plan (Snow Plan) conforms to the ICAO standard procedures for the clearance of winter contaminants (snow, ice and slush) from aerodrome surfaces in the UK. These are prescribed in the UK AIP at AD 1.2.2.

The Winter Operations Plan (Snow Plan) can be found directly via the link below.

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