Thursday 27 October 2016

Foggy flight delays 'could continue throughout the day'

Published 02/11/2015 | 07:29

Fog over London, captured by @FranceTim on Twitter
Fog over London, captured by @FranceTim on Twitter

Flight cancellations and delays for Irish air passengers ‘could continue throughout the day’, depending on weather in the UK.

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A spokesperson for Dublin Airport said that weather forecasters predict the fog is set to lift this morning in Dublin, but the situation is not clear in the UK. 

Several flights have been cancelled today due to heavy fog at London’s Heathrow airport.

The cancellations mean air passengers are facing their second day of travel disruption due to the adverse weather conditions.

Aer Lingus has cancelled two flights between Dublin and London Heathrow; flights EI154 and EI155.

Those booked to travel between Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Belfast and London Heathrow have been advised by Aer Lingus that they may experience further delays and cancellations.

All passengers on cancelled flights 'will be accommodated', the airline said.

Two British Airways flights between Dublin and London City airport have also been cancelled, while Belfast City Airport has cancelled early morning flights to Manchester, London City and Heathrow Airports.

Dublin Airport is ‘fully operational’ this morning, but report that fog and low visibility on the airfield is impacting on a small number of flights.

“Passengers are advised to check with their airline before coming to Dublin Airport for the latest flight information,” said Dublin Airport spokesperson Siobhán O’Donnell told RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland.

“On the airfield at the moment, there are what we call low visibility procedures which is slowing the operation down and there are some delays.

“We’re hearing the fog is set to lift at around 9am at Dublin Airport but we don’t know what will happen in the UK, the delays could continue throughout the day.

“After a day of delays like that what normally happens is the schedule starts afresh the next morning, so there isn’t really any backlog.

“We can’t stress enough that passengers should check flight details with their airline before they travel to the airport.”

Around 45 flights, 10pc of departures from Heathrow airport, have been 'pre-cancelled' as a yellow weather warning for fog covers much of England and east Wales.

After long delays on Sunday some passengers landed at Britain's busiest airport in the early hours of the morning, but many hoping to take off today will be disappointed.

A spokeswoman for Heathrow airport said: "We've got extra passenger ambassadors in the terminals to provide assistance for those travelling today.

"Once again we would like to apologise for the disruption."

Those hoping to travel through Gatwick have also been advised to check ahead for any disruption.

The UK Met Office weather warning is valid until midday, with fog expected to slowly clear throughout the morning.

The forecaster said the fog would become widespread and dense overnight into today and warned: "Travel may be impacted by poor visibility, with some minor disruption expected."

Visibility could be reduced to less than 100 yards, it added.

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