Snowstorm Halts Flights at Heathrow Airport

Emmett Rice
December 12, 2017

London Heathrow airport is warning travellers to be wary of delays and cancellations, with British Airways telling travelers via its Twitter feed they can claim a refund or rebook their journey, rather than flying on December 11 or 12.

A number of flights from the United Kingdom to Ireland have been cancelled because of snow.

It meant flights being diverted as far away as Newcastle - around 300 miles away - and aircraft held on the airport's apron for hours before taking off.

Dozens of Scottish flights have been cancelled as freezing conditions continue in England.

Both British Airways and Heathrow apologised for the "problems and inconvenience".

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A BA spokesperson told The Independent: "We're very sorry that some of our customers' travel plans have been affected by severe adverse weather conditions". Heavy snowfall foiling flight schedules at one of the busiest air hubs in Europe came after torrential icy precipitation hit the outskirts of Heathrow on Sunday, forcing ground services to deal with planes affected by the rain first. "Like other airlines, we are experiencing some delays and cancellations".

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"Our main priorities are to run what services we can safely and make preparations to protect the start of commuter services on Monday morning".

In a statement the airline tweeted earlier on Sunday: "Adverse weather continues to impact flights in the United Kingdom and Europe on Sunday December 10, 2017".

Glasgow and Aberdeen Airports were also reporting cancellations to several flights heading to England and Amsterdam.

A Heathrow spokesperson said: "Heathrow airport remains open however we regret that weather across the United Kingdom is resulting in some passengers experiencing disruption to their travel arrangements".

At least 50,000 passengers were forced to wait for the recovery of worldwide air traffic departures as well as inbound flights, Sputnik reported, citing The Independent. "We apologise to those affected by today's weather".

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