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Fog forces BA to ground flights


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Fog forces BA to ground flights

 

British Airways has cancelled all mainline domestic flights to and from Heathrow airport for the rest of the day because of severe fog.

 

Flights between Heathrow and mainland Europe are also being severely disrupted by the weather.  Gatwick airport has also been affected and inward and outward British Airways flights are facing lengthy delays.  The airline has urged customers due to travel on domestic flights to or from Heathrow not to travel to the airport.

 

The flights affected are in both directions between Heathrow and Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Newcastle.

 

Long-haul flights are still being operated by the airline, but with severe delays.

 

'Severe delays'

 

BA said dense fog and low visibility had caused air traffic control to placed restrictions on flights landing and taking off at Heathrow. It said flow rates were at 50% of normal capacity throughout Wednesday morning, affecting all carriers at the airport.  "The fog is likely to remain over south-east England for the next 48 hours," the statement said.  "There are likely to be severe delays and possibly cancellations to many British Airways short-haul and domestic services to and from London Heathrow for at least the next 48 hours. British Airways flights to and from London Gatwick are also likely to be impacted."

 

Customers planning to use a domestic flight to get to Heathrow to catch an onward connection were urged to check on ba.com or contact BA on 0800 727 800 to see if their onward flight was still operating.  BA said customers should make alternative arrangements to get to Heathrow if the outward flight was still going ahead.

 

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well it seems fairly clear on Tyneside (so far) - bit of a bugger for anyone coming up from the south (eg Chelski supporters)

 

and note how they've only cut their UK flights and kept the others (which make more money) running

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