Saturday 23 June 2018

'Severe storms' force Ryanair and Aer Lingus to cancel several London flights

Yellow weather warning in place

Lightning is seen from a bedroom window as it strikes above a street in south London, Britain May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Lightning is seen from a bedroom window as it strikes above a street in south London, Britain May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Pól Ó Conghaile

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Ryanair and Aer Lingus have cancelled a number of flights from London airports this evening due to "adverse weather conditions".

The UK Met Office has a yellow warning in place for the London area until 06.00 on Wednesday morning, with thunder expected tonight.

"Due to the Air Traffic Control restrictions caused by severe storms across the South East, flight delays and cancellations are to be expected," was the update from London Stansted Airport at 15.30 today.

Ryanair told Independent.ie Travel: "Due to adverse weather conditions around Stansted some flights are currently experiencing delays and we regret we have been forced to cancel a small number of flights."

Cancellations include FR293, FR288, FR297 and FR298 between Stansted and Dublin, and further delays "are likely", the airline says.

Meanwhile, Aer Lingus has cancelled flights EI178 and EI179 between London Heathrow and Dublin this evening. EI236 and EI237 to/from London Gatwick have also now been listed as cancelled.

The disruption is due to "reduced air traffic flows into London resulting from thunderstorms in the London Gatwick and London Heathrow areas," the airline told Independent.ie Travel in a statement.

"Guests will be accommodated on the next available services today," it says.

Both airlines have apologised for the inconvenience, and airports are recommending passengers check their flight status before travel.

UK airports have been experiencing disruption since the weekend as thunderstorms cause flights to be delayed, diverted and cancelled.

Airline passengers whose flights are cancelled are entitled to a full refund, rebooking onto the next available flight, or rebooking onto an alternative route.

NB: This story is being updated to reflect developments.

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