Tuesday 23 January 2018

Flight restrictions at Heathrow and London city lifted as fog clears

Alex Diaz and Peter Woodman

FOG affected passenger flights again today, with the cancellation of a number of services including Dublin, to and from UK airports.

But after having to axe some early-morning flights, Heathrow reported that conditions had improved, with the fog lifting.

Forty arriving flights and 24 departing ones were cancelled today at Heathrow.

Destinations affected included Manchester, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Brussels, Stockholm, Cologne and Nice.

Ten departing flights at London City Airport were also axed, with services to Dublin, Rotterdam and Paris among those hit.

The early-morning problems followed severe disruption to flights due to fog yesterday, with Heathrow having to cancel 81 departures and 65 arrivals.

Today a Heathrow spokeswoman said: "Heathrow experienced heavy fog on Sunday and overnight. Today we are aware of 40 inbound and 24 outbound flights that have been cancelled. The fog has started to clear and there are now no restrictions on flying.

"There are currently no delays to flights but we advise passengers to check with their airlines before travelling."

A Met Office spokesman said last night: "We have seen quite dense fog in the south east and east of England today, and overnight we expect that to become more widespread, with visibility reduced to 50 metres.

A spokeswoman for Heathrow said: "Passengers are being re-booked or put up in accommodation by airlines, while some domestic passengers are being taken in coaches to their destination.

"Some delays to flights are also occurring so we advise passengers to check with their airlines before travelling."

Flights were also cancelled at London City Airport, although a spokeswoman for the airport said restrictions had now been lifted.

Gatwick airport said last night it was experiencing low visibility but it had suffered no disruption to flights, while Stansted said today had been "business as usual".

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