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UPDATE: Weather continues to disrupt flights

21 Dec 2009 by Mark Caswell

UK airports face continued disruption due to the adverse weather conditions, with European and US facilities also affected

The situation has improved in the south of the UK, with Gatwick, Heathrow, City, Stansted, Luton and Bristol airport all operational. But delays and cancellations are still to be expected, with a backlog of flights, aircraft out of position, and delays caused by adverse weather in other countries. The latest statement from Easyjet reads:

“As a result of significant snowfall across the UK and parts of Europe, Easyjet, like many airlines, is experiencing continued disruption today.

  • Inverness Airport remains closed until further notice

  • Gatwick Airport is open, but delays of up to 60 minutes can be expected

  • Bristol Airport has re-opened, however seven of the 10 Easyjet aircraft based at the airport were diverted to alternative airports yesterday evening whilst the airport was closed. As a result of the closure, further cancellations may occur at Bristol today

  • Madrid Airport has just re-opened, but delays of up to five hours can be expected

  • The disruption has been further exacerbated by the French Aviation Authorities who have imposed flight restrictions upon us at Paris Charles De Gaulle, therefore we are experiencing more delays and cancellations from Paris than we would have hoped for.”

Further north airports remain affected by the weather, with the following advice:

Edinburgh

Flights to and from Edinburgh may be disrupted today due to bad weather. Passengers should check the status of their flight with their airline.

Aberdeen

Adverse weather in other parts of the UK has caused some delays to services out of Aberdeen Airport. Those due to fly should check in as normal, check our flight departures page, and contact their airline if they have any concerns.

Manchester

There have been difficult weather conditions across Europe and in the USA today, which have resulted in passengers experiencing delays and cancellations across the transport network. This is likely to continue during the run up to Christmas.

Here at Manchester Airport, we are continuing to clear the runway, stand areas and taxiways of snow to keep the airport open. Extra staff have been on shift this weekend to assist both in the terminals and on the airfield and the airport is prepared to tackle further snowfall. We are continuing to clear the backlog in conjunction with our airlines, to get our passengers to where they need to be for Christmas.

Passengers who are travelling over the next few days should also continue to check the websites of their airlines for changes to the schedule.

The airport website is now displaying essential data only such as live flight information arrivals and departures so it is able to handle the additional traffic from passengers looking for information on their flights. We are encouraging passengers to check with their airlines or tour operators before they travel to get the most up- to-date information.

Birmingham airport has been relatively unaffected by the snow, and indeed has been handling diverts from other UK airports over the last few days.

In the US heavy snowfall has caused delays and cancellations at airports over the weekend. One reader of businesstraveller.com reported that “1,000 BA passengers from flights BA 264, BA 292 and BA 216 have been stranded in Washington alone”. To read this comment in full click here.

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