Heavy snow cancel flights in UK

Heavy snow cancel flights in UK

Flights at major European airports, including London Heathrow and Schipol airport in Amsterdam, have been canceled after heavy snow left thousands of passengers stranded.

Intending passengers should check with their airline before traveling to the airport. The first snowstorm of winter triggered the cancellation of hundreds of flights and brought roads and railways to a halt in many parts of England and Wales.

About 50,000 homes were still without power in France on Monday evening as storms that caused a ferry to run aground in Calais on Sunday continued to sweep the centre and west of the country.

Heathrow administration suggested that passengers check the status of their flights prior to traveling to the airport.

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. Many arriving flights were diverted.

Although Heathrow remained open throughout the day, around 150 inbound and outbound flights were cancelled - partly because of a reduction in the arrivals rate stipulated by air-traffic controllers, and partly due to delays in de-icing.

CrossCountry passengers battled with a previously announced strike as well as a landslide between Birmingham and Bristol.

It has reportedly cancelled 24 long-haul flights as well as dozens of shorter flights. Temperatures in Scotland plummeted to nearly minus 12 degrees Celsius overnight on Sunday, leaving roads icy for the Monday morning commute.

Heavy snow and freezing temperatures caused flight chaos at airports south of the border on Sunday.

Severe weather is forecast across North Wales and central England, and snow has already fallen on parts of Powys, Herefordshire and Shropshire at a rate of several centimetres an hour. Passengers on Ryanair were worst affected, but at least 10 easyJet flights were also cancelled.