Freezing climate in northern Europe is inflicting main journey disruption in some international locations, together with the UK, the place heavy snow over the weekend led to delays and cancellations at airports and on public transport.
Runways at Manchester Airport have been shut down on Saturday, adopted by closures and flight cancellations at London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports on Sunday evening and into Monday morning.
Disruption has continued into Wednesday, with at the least 75 cancelled flights to and from London’s airports affecting greater than 10,000 passengers, based on The Unbiased.
British Airways flights to and from Heathrow have been significantly affected as a consequence of airport mandated reductions, with at the least 14 departing flights cancelled and 11 arrivals cancelled.
Are flights to and from the UK nonetheless affected by snow?
A yellow climate warning, indicating snow, ice and troublesome journey circumstances, stays in place for southeast England (together with London), components of Scotland and Northern Eire till Tuesday morning.
Gatwick Airport tweeted that whereas the airport is open and flights are working, freezing climate will trigger delays and cancellations for the remainder of the day.
They advise passengers to verify the standing of their flights with their airline earlier than travelling to the airport.
In response to British Airways, Heathrow Airport has mandated a discount in flights each yesterday (Sunday 11 December) and in the present day (Monday 12 December) as a consequence of climate circumstances and Air Site visitors Management restrictions.
Because the London airport is the first hub for the UK’s nationwide provider, many BA flights proceed to be disrupted.
“Like all airways working to or from London, our schedule has been affected by persevering with opposed winter climate circumstances,” the airline states.
Which flights have been cancelled on Monday?
On Monday afternoon (12 December) BA flights to Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Genoa, Hamburg, Jersey, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Warsaw and Zagreb are amongst these cancelled.
Incoming BA flights from Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Hamburg, Lisbon, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Vienna, and others have been affected.
BA flights to Arrecife, Malaga, Marrakech, Salzburg, Seville and Tenerife have been cancelled from Gatwick.
To minimise disruption, BA is utilizing bigger plane, the place potential, to allow as many shoppers to journey as potential. They’re additionally providing clients booked on short-haul flights from London, nonetheless working, the choice to maneuver to a later date inside the subsequent 14 days freed from cost through their web site.
Different airways to cancel flights from Gatwick on Monday afternoon embrace easyJet (Arrecife, Gran Canaria, Porto, Tenerife, Valencia) and Wizz Air (Larnaca).
Disruption at Manchester Airport is minimal, with a handful of Ryanair flights cancelled (Brussels, Cork, Lisbon, London Heathrow) and an Aer Lingus flight to Dublin, amongst others.
In a press release, Ryanair says “As a consequence of ongoing snowy climate circumstances, we’re experiencing a small variety of delays/cancellations to flights to/from some UK airports in the present day (12 Dec), together with Manchester.”
Whereas they’re working to minimise disruption, they advise checking the airline’s app or web site for flight standing updates earlier than travelling to the airport.
Into Tuesday (13 December), disruption has principally subsided at Gatwick and Manchester airports. At Heathrow, there are far fewer disruptions with round one BA flight per hour being cancelled. Amongst them are flights to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Boston, Brussels, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Lisbon, Lyon, Milan, Miami and Stockholm.
On Wednesday (14 December), there are nonetheless a couple of BA cancellations departing from Heathrow, together with to Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Munich, New York, Oslo, Paris, Rome and Stockholm.
Cancelled arrivals embrace BA flights from cancellations departing from Berlin, Dublin, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Paris, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Munich, New York and Rome to Heathrow, in addition to a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Heathrow.