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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Heathrow flights axed amid storm

The expected storm has led to the cancellation of about 60 flights at Heathrow

About 60 flights have been cancelled at London's Heathrow Airport tomorrow due to the expected storm.

An airport spokesman said the cancellations were made to give passengers advanced information about their flights ahead of the expected disruption caused by strong winds and heavy rain.

" Following consultation between the Met Office, air traffic control and airlines, all parties have agreed to reduce the number of flights operating tomorrow to ensure the safety of passengers and employees," the spokesman said.

Approximately 30 flights will be cancelled from 6-11am, 20 from 11am-4pm and 10 from 4-10.30pm.

The cancellations are a combination of arrivals and departures.

On an average day, 1, 288 flights operate at Heathrow.

British Airways said it would cancel some short-haul flights but hoped long-haul services in and out of the airport would continue as normal.

Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports urged passengers to keep up to date with the status of their flights, although there were no cancellations by 7.30pm tonight.

A Bristol Airport spokesman wrote on Twitter: "All flights currently operating and passengers advised to check in as normal - but please allow extra time for your journey."

Budget airline easyJet warned passengers there could be disruption to flights on Monday.

It added that it had been advised there would be no trains running to Gatwick, Southend, Stansted or Luton airports before 9am on Monday.

After this time, the schedule will be reduced.

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