Overnight heavy snowfall coated the runways of the airport, causing treacherous conditions
A spokesman for Manchester Airport said staff have been working through the night to get the runways clear and will continue to work to enable flights to depart.
It is unknown at this stage when the runways will be able to re-open, but the closure will lift as soon as the snow has cleared the spokesman said.
Passengers have been advised to check the status of their flights before travelling to the airport.
A Manchester Airport spokesman said:
“Our airfield team has been working through the night to keep the runways clear, which resulted in the day’s operations starting as planned.
“However, as conditions worsened significantly this morning, we took the decision to temporarily close our runways.
“We continue to work to mitigate the challenging conditions and hope to minimise further impacts. However, the safety of our customers and staff is our number one concern and there is likely to be some disruption this morning.
“Customers are advised to check the status of their flights with their airlines and allow extra time for journeys to the airport to ensure they arrive safely.
“We will provide further updates as soon as possible.”