Passengers have been warned to stay away from Heathrow airport unless their flight has been confirmed by the airline they are travelling with, as predictions suggest the transport chaos will last into the Christmas period.
After the second snow storm has hit Britain, Heathrow airport operators BAA have now said the terminal 1 and 3 will no longer be accepting new passengers due to the backlog of flights now causing congestion.
For the third day running, the world’s largest airport has been crippled by snow and ice, with just 10 of 150 outgoing flight leaving Heathrow.
Transport Secretary Philip Hammond says: ‘The reality is that, with further severe weather forecast, Heathrow is likely to be operating at reduced capacity for the next few days and passengers need to recognise it may not be possible to reach their planned destinations this week.’
BAA has agreed to a flight schedule tomorrow with only a third of flights to leave tomorrow.
A spokesman said tonight: ‘Passengers should anticipate further delays and cancellations in the following days and potentially beyond Christmas Day.
‘Passengers should not travel to Heathrow without a confirmed booking. If they can travel at another time then they should do so.’
Gatwick, I contrast to Heathrow was open and running close to full efficiency, although there were some delays as a knock-on from previous cancellations.
Some 42 flights were cancelled but it managed 109 departures. Another 141 flights arrived at the smaller London airport.
Holidaymakers were warned to check Heathrow’s website for the most up-to-date information on delays and cancellations and told not to travel unless the flight is confirmed.
Holidaymakers are being urged to check Heathrow’s website for the latest information on delays and cancellations and told not to travel to the airport unless the flight has been confirmed.
BAA chief Colin Matthews this morning gave a grovelling apology for ruining the Christmas plans of thousands of Britons as he admitted the airport was caught out by the Big Freeze.
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