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Snow update: Gatwick and Edinburgh airports reopen

3 Dec 2010 by BusinessTraveller

Gatwick and Edinburgh airports have reopened following this week’s snowfall, but are advising passengers to check with their airlines before travelling, while Southampton airport is closed until at least midday.

The advise from Gatwick airport is as follows:

“Gatwick Airport has safely re-opened this morning.“Our advice to passengers remains – do not travel to the airport without first checking with your airline to make sure that your flight is departing today.

“Passengers should expect delays and cancellations and it is likely to take a few days before flight schedules return to normal. Train services to and from the airport continue to be limited and road networks are likely to remain severely affected by the weather.”

Travellers should note that Gatwick Express services are currently suspended “until further notice”, although the operator advises that a limited number of Southern services are stopping at Gatwick station.

Edinburgh airport is now open, and its website homepage advises passengers to contact their airlines about rescheduled flights.

London City says that flights “are beginning to operate” as visibility has improved, but advises that “some routes are experiencing disruptions due to the weather elsewhere”.

Southampton says it will not be operating flights before midday at the earliest, “due to icy conditions on the airfield”, and advises passengers not to travel to the airport.

Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow and Aberdeen airports are all open, and Dublin says that its “snow and ice clearing teams have been working overnight to ensure Dublin Airport is fully operational for flight operations”.

Eurostar has posted advice at 0650 today, saying that it will be running a “significantly reduced timetable until Sunday 5 December, with a number of cancellations”. It also says services will be subject to delays of up to 90 minutes, and is “strongly advising customers booked for travel until Sunday to postpone their journey if it is not essential”. 

The rail operator says that there are now no further Eurostar tickets available for purchase until Monday morning at the earliest.

Most UK airports now also update passengers via Twitter – for a list of airport Twitter pages click here.

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