Fog forces flight cancellations at London airports

Hotel News - 21/11/2011

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A warning issued by the Met Office has said the fog comes ahead of severe weather on the way for the South-East, as well as for Yorkshire, West Midlands, the East of England and Humber. This comes alongside reports that snow may be on the way for many parts of the UK, which will bring an end to the recent warm weather.

The fog created travel miseries for thousands of travellers at Heathrow airport on Sunday and early Monday morning; 24 departures from the busy gateway were already cancelled by 08:30 Monday. This included flights to numerous destinations including Glasgow, Nice, Cologne, Manchester, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Brussels. Flights from London City bound for Paris, Rotterdam, Dublin and other were also cancelled.

The headaches are held over from last night’s cancellations, as Heathrow alone saw more than 130 short-haul flights delayed or cancelled as a result of poor visibility, which is forecasted to last through most of today. A spokesman for the airport said that stranded passengers had been booked on later flights and would be given hotel accommodation. He said that some headed to domestic airports were being provided with coat transport to their destinations.

Meanwhile, Gatwick also saw severe delays but the airport’s management said that very few flights had been fully cancelled thus far.

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