BA scraps flights as Britain hit by snow

18th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain was blanketed in a fresh layer of snow Saturday, disrupting air travel as British Airways scrapped all flights at the kingdom's two busiest airports.

All BA flights departing from London Heathrow between 1000 GMT and 1700 GMT were cancelled, as were all domestic and European BA flights from London Gatwick on what is traditionally the busiest weekend for travellers before Christmas.

"Heathrow is open and both runways are clear. However due to the adverse weather there are a number of cancellations and delays," the world's busiest international passenger airport said.

Low-cost carrier easyJet also cancelled all flights from Gatwick, Europe's eighth-busiest passenger airport, between 0600 GMT and 1000 GMT.

Elsewhere, Southampton Airport in southern England was closed until 1200 GMT due to the adverse weather, while flights to certain destinations from Birmingham Airport in the Midlands were also grounded.

Passengers also faced disruptions at Exeter, London City, Aberdeen and Cardiff.

Meanwhile Eurostar, which operates high-speed passenger trains linking London with Paris and Brussels, was operating with speed restrictions that added up to an hour on journey times.

Temperatures dropped as low as minus 13 degrees Celsius (nine degrees Fahrenheit) in Chesham, southeast England overnight. Gatwick registered minus 11C (12F).

Sporting fixtures were also hit, with several football matches postponed and race meetings called off.

© 2010 AFP

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