Adverse conditions are likely to continue well into the week. Approximately 50 flights have been revoked at London Heathrow Airport as the UK continues to struggle with icy conditions.
London Heathrow Airport
Dozens of services remain canceled this afternoon as more snow and ice are expected in the evening. London Heathrow International Airport is the latest UK airport to be affected by snow and ice following a flurry of flight cancelations and delays this morning. Subzero overnight conditions and freezing fog in the morning led to at least 48 flight cancelations and counting.
Heathrow revokes scores of flights
A Heathrow spokesperson said in the Evening Standard, “Poor climate conditions are forecast across the UK today and we want to reassure travelers that our colleagues are operating in close collaboration with our airline and air traffic control partners to get them safely away on their journeys as quickly as possible. We encourage passengers to check their flight status with their airline for the latest information.”
A look at Heathrow’s departures board shows that a majority of revoked flights are with British Airways, with dozens of British Airways flights revoked within the last hour alone. According to British Airways, authorities at Heathrow have imposed restrictions on hourly flight movements, causing significant delays.
The airline told, “We are so sorry as a result of adverse winter climate conditions, like other airlines, have had to decrease our schedule at Heathrow airport today. We’re taking steps to confirm as many passengers as possible are able to travel as planned. We’ve apologized to our passengers and are offering to repay or rebook them onto alternative flights, providing refreshment vouchers and hotel accommodation where required.”
While London Heathrow airport was forced to revoke a chunk of its services, London Stansted Airport handled to avoid any significant disruption, although several services were delayed due to ice. One passenger told all passengers have been stuck onboard the aircraft for hours while waiting to be de-iced, telling The Mirror,
It appears that Gatwick Airport is not coping well with the ice either, with passengers saying that the airport only has one de-icing machine. Reported on other United Kingdom airports laboring under the ice, including Manchester Airport, which was forced to shut both of its runways yesterday. Additionally, Dublin Airport continued to revoke flights amid the severe climate, with approximately fifty flight services affected yesterday.
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Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Willington told
The adverse weather conditions look unlikely to abate following the latest guidance from the UK’s Met Office. The meteorological agency has issued multiple yellow weather warnings for fog, snow, and ice across the UK, with snow expected to fall in London and the southern counties later today.
“It is staying cold with daytime temperatures remaining only a few degrees above freezing in many areas over the coming days and overnight temperatures dropping to -10C or lower in isolated spots.”
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