Snow disrupts flights, roads across Europe

Flights from Birmingham and London Luton have been cancelled into Ireland West Airport (Knock) and Dublin Airport.

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

Significant build-ups have been also reported in Leicestershire, Worcestershire and Bedfordshire, while snow has been falling heavily in Birmingham city centre.

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.

While the snow was worst in parts of Wales and the Midlands, the biggest effect was felt in South East England - and in particular at Heathrow airport, the busiest in Europe.

Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport have not cancelled any flights but said they are subject to delays.


It has reportedly cancelled 24 long-haul flights as well as dozens of shorter flights.

Dozens of flights were cancelled in the United Kingdom on Monday due to heavy snowfall, which also disrupted other transport and led to closure of schools.

"We are very sorry for the difficulties caused by the poor weather. Like other airlines, we are experiencing some delays and cancellations".

A spokesman for Glasgow Airport said there were 17 cancellations in total: "We're open and fully operational, however, we've experienced a number of cancellations".

"We have put a flexible re-booking policy in place so that all customers due to fly from Heathrow today, Sunday December 10 and tomorrow, Monday December 11 can re-book to travel on alternative flights until Monday December 18". However, we regret that weather conditions across the United Kingdom are resulting in some passengers experiencing disruption to their travel arrangements.

'As always, Heathrow's top priority is the safety of passengers, we apologise to those whose travel is being affected by today's weather. Passengers waited for hours in lines that wound through the airport to speak with airline representatives.


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