Travel chaos continues

Travel chaos continues

A number of UK airports remain closed due to the adverse weather conditions which are affecting the entire country.

Gatwick, Bristol, Exeter and Blackpool all remain closed as snow is cleared from runways.

Heathrow, Birmingham, Luton and Southampton are open but are experiencing long delays and cancellations.

Stansted Airport stated flights will run as normal but advised passengers to allow plenty of time to get to the airport.

All other major UK airports are open although most are experiencing delays and cancellations due to the adverse weather conditions which swept the UK last night.

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In a statement BAA Gatwick said: “We are working closely with our airline and business partners to re-open the runway as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Passengers travelling from Gatwick in the next 24 hours should contact their airline for the latest flight information.

“We regret the disruption caused to our passengers’ travel plans, but the safety and security of aircraft and passengers are our number one priority.”

Easyjet has cancelled more than 70 services from airports including Gatwick, Bristol, Belfast, Newcastle, Liverpool and Luton.

Southampton Airport has reopened after closing on Tuesday evening as the weather began to worsen in Hampshire.

Blackpool International and Exeter International Airport have suspended flights.

The UK’s big chill has also severely disrupted rail and roads, particularly in the South East of the country where the heaviest snows fell.

Train operators are running revised timetables as they cope with the freezing conditions.

These include East Coast, East Midlands, Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, National Express East Anglia, South West Trains, Southeastern, Southern and First Capital Connect.

The Gatwick Express is experiencing some delays and advising passengers to allow extra time for journeys.

Heathrow Express is not expecting any major disruption but is urging passengers to check its website.

National Rail Enquiries has set up a special number for information about trains affected by the weather on 0845 3017 641

All First Bus services in Bristol, Bath, Weston Super Mare and Somerset were suspended because of heavy snow.

The UK is in the grip of its longest cold snap for almost 30 years, and extreme or severe weather warnings are still in place across the UK for both snow and ice.

BBC forecasters said there were also problems with drifting snow caused by strong winds.