Arctic weather warning prompts dozens of flight cancellations
More than 80 flights grounded to and from Heathrow during Thursday afternoon and evening
Dozens of flights to and from Heathrow have been cancelled ahead of the Arctic weather expected in the UK on Thursday.
The air-traffic service, NATS, is expected to restrict flight arrivals from 3pm in order to allow ground teams to remove snow from the taxiways and runways at Europe’s busiest airport.
Aircraft will also need to be de-iced, which can also delay departures.
The airport told intending passengers: “Wintry weather is forecast at Heathrow and across the UK and airlines will be adjusting their schedule as a result.
“If you are travelling, check the status of your flight with your airline and please allow extra time for your journey to the airport. We apologise for any disruption to your journey.”
British Airways alone has already cancelled 60 departures and arrivals, including multiple flights to Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Geneva, Madrid, Milan and Rome.
The airline told intending passengers: “As a result of the forecast poor weather we have agreed with Heathrow Airport, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and other airlines to reduce the afternoon and early evening flight schedules at the airport on Thursday 12 January.
“Please do not come to the airport unless you have a confirmed booking on a flight that is operating.