Chaos at airports as airports react to terrorist threats

Hotel News - 11/08/2006

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Strict anti terrorist measures have forced airlines to cancel hundreds more flights as the terror crisis continues to reverberate around the UK. However, airlines reported that they were getting away far more flights than Thursday as passengers helped by arriving without hand luggage. Amonst the worst hit airlines where the low fare operators such as EasyJet who had to axe around 300 flights, 112 on Thursday alone. Ryan air had to cancel 30 flights to and from Stansted. British Airways were forced to cancel 400 flights on Thursday and hoped to offer a service of around 70 per cent in and out of Heathrow with only 120 flights cancelled.

EasyJet decided to cancel flights to destinations that passengers could, at least, get to by train. Consequently, the airline scrapped its services from Luton, Stansted and Gatwick to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle as well as to Paris, Amsterdam and Geneva. Spokesman Toby Nicol said: "We could have been heroic and tried to run a full service and fallen flat on our faces. Instead we have been realistic and scrapped those services to which passengers can get to by train." It's been much better today. Airports have had 24 hours to get used to the new systems and passengers have been very good about arriving without hand luggage." BA's cancellations included six flights from Heathrow to the US, including three to New York, and one each to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC.

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