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Hurricane's tail end hits flight schedules

21 Oct 2014

Heathrow has seen around 10 per cent of flights - mainly domestic - cancelled today (October 21) as the UK is buffeted by the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo.

Gatwick’s arrivals and departures are almost running as normal. Manchester showed some early morning departure delays of around 30 minutes but is also now getting back on schedule.

Airlines are cancelling some short-haul services as their short duration creates problems at hub airports because they take off and land more frequently than long-haul services.

Winds are predicted to reach up to 75 miles per hour and British Airways, the biggest operator at Heathrow, said it had agreed with a request from the airport and NATS (National Air Traffic Services) to reduce its schedule for today for “safety reasons”.

“We are sorry that a number of short-haul and domestic flights have been cancelled and others may experience delays as a result of the poor weather,” said the airline. “We are working as hard as we can to mitigate any disruption.”

Rob Gill

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