A fourth successive day of thick fog at London’s Heathrow has forced many holidaymakers to scrap or delay their Christmas travel plans. British Airways is cancelling 170 incoming and outgoing flights on Friday, 84 of them domestic and the rest short-haul flights to European destinations.
Some 70,000 people have been affected, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The inside of the airport resembles a refugee camp as hundreds of people camp out while awaiting their flights.
Significant numbers of services to Paris and Brussels have also been cut and freezing fog looks set to continue over the coming days.
The fog is also affecting services at Gatwick, London City, Stansted, Luton and Southampton airports.
A spokesman for the UK Meteorological Office told reporters that visibility at Heathrow this morning was 500 metres and temperatures are below freezing, making it less likely that the fog will clear.