Passengers grounded on Heathrow runway as snow causes travel chaos

Passengers grounded on Heathrow runway as snow causes travel chaos

Passengers grounded on Heathrow runway as snow causes travel chaos

The fragile state of Britain's infrastructure was emphasised by the fact that many passengers on cancelled flights from Heathrow and Stansted might not have reached the airport anyway due to severe disruption on London's Piccadilly Line and the Stansted Express. Some people boarded planes and waited for hours on the tarmac, only to have their flights cancelled. Passengers are advised to contact their airline.

Three flights were diverted into Edinburgh on Sunday night, including one from Marseille. The first snowstorm of winter triggered the cancellation of hundreds of flights and brought roads and railways to a halt in many parts of England and Wales.

Heathrow is advising passengers that "disruption continues today following yesterday's weather" and that passenger's must check the status of their flight before departing for the airport.

The British Airways flight from Newcastle to London Heathrow at 12:05pm and at 2:25pm have also been cancelled.

Meanwhile on the continent almost 300 KLM flights were canceled at Amsterdam's Schipol airport, according to the BBC, which noted that 50 flights were canceled at Brussels airport.

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It has reportedly cancelled 24 long-haul flights as well as dozens of shorter flights.

CrossCountry passengers battled with a previously announced strike as well as a landslide between Birmingham and Bristol. Germany and France were were also hit by snow, and flurries were even seen as far south as Venice in northern Italy. Insane that other countries deal with snow all the time but the United Kingdom is at a standstill'.

The widespread disruption follows heavy snowfall, rain and gale force winds in parts of Great Britain. Temperatures in Scotland plummeted to nearly minus 12 degrees Celsius overnight on Sunday, leaving roads icy for the Monday morning commute. The last time the country saw this much snow nationwide was in March 2013, and before that during the winter of 2010.

Significant build-ups have been also reported in Leicestershire, Worcestershire and Bedfordshire, while snow has been falling heavily in Birmingham city centre.

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