Flight disruption continues with snow, ice and strong winds
Snow, ice and powerful winds are causing havoc for travellers in the UK, with disruption expected to continue today as the weather system moves towards Scandinavia.
Snowploughs cleared runways at London’s airports on Sunday and cancellations on mostly European and domestic departures continued into Monday.
Around 50,000 British Airways passengers were reported to have been affected on Sunday on more than 140 cancelled outbound short-haul flights and 26 cancelled long-haul departures.
BA has axed 140 more short-haul flights and nine long-haul flights for Monday, affecting a further 15,000 people.
“Some flights at Heathrow will be disrupted today due to crew and aircraft being out of position following yesterday’s weather,” London’s Heathrow Airport warned in a statement on Monday.
“As always, our advice to passengers is to check your flight status with your airline before coming to the airport.”
Ferry runs aground
There are flight delays to and from other London and UK airports too. London Luton, for example, is warning of delays or cancellations after a number of flights could not land on Sunday. Both Stansted and Luton were closed for half of Sunday.
Airlines such as Aer Lingus, easyJet, Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Swiss and Flybe have cancelled flights to the UK. Some aircraft have had to wait hours on the tarmac before departing.
The busy Dover-Calais ferry route was closed after a P&O ferry ran aground in stormy conditions on Sunday when trying to leave the French port. The 300 passengers on board Pride of Kent were taken off the ship and given temporary accommodation in Calais.