Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

East Midlands Airport closed as thick snow grinds United Kingdom to a halt

East Midlands Airport closed as thick snow grinds United Kingdom to a halt

Hundreds of flights into and out of the United Kingdom have been canceled, diverted or delayed due to heavy snowfall caused by Winter Storm Caroline.

Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport have not cancelled any flights but said they are subject to delays.

Passengers, airlines and airports across the United Kingdom all suffered major flight cancellations and delays yesterday, after snow and freezing conditions gripped the United Kingdom in one of the worst snap freezes to hit the country in the last four years.

British Airways reportedly cancelled 24 long-haul flights and dozens of shorter flights serving Terminal 5.

Heathrow said this morning: "Some flights at Heathrow will be disrupted today due to crew and aircraft being out of position following yesterday's weather".

Flights at other airports were affected yesterday, with flights unable to land at Luton in the morning.

Delays from flights out of Britain may impact on services later today.

At the west London airport, passengers complained of being trapped on a British Airways plane on the ground for more than four hours with no information from the airline.

Heavy snowfall across parts of the United Kingdom caused widespread disruption yesterday morning, closing roads and grounding flights.

BA added: "Safety is always our priority, and as temperatures remain low, we are having to de-ice every individual aircraft before it departs".

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