BAA chief executive Colin Matthews has confirm an external panel will be charged with establishing what can be learnt from the recent snow calamity at Heathrow Airport. Passengers were stranded at the airport – which brands itself as the busiest in the world – for much of this week following unexpected snowfall on Saturday.
Hopes were raised among passengers camped out at London Heathrow today with news the airport planned to operate two-thirds of its departures. No fresh snow has fallen since Saturday, with airport operator BAA stating staff are finding some success while working to clear the backlog of passengers stranded in terminals.
Snow across southern England will continue to disrupt travel today, with the Met Office forecasting a further downfall. Airports across the country are struggling to deal with a backlog of passengers following disruption over the weekend.
Further travel disruption is expected across the UK as forecasters predict that temperatures will plummet even lower coupled with the possibility of more snow. Gatwick Airport has reopened after two days of closure, but passengers are warned of delays and cancellations.
The big freeze continued to bring Britain to a standstill as further snowfall overnight forced the cancellation of over 2,000 flights and hundreds of trains, the closure of two airports and chaos on the roads. Some 300 passengers were forced to spend the night attempt on a stuck train in West Sussex after heavy snow caused a series of line failures.
The big freeze continues to bring the UK to a standstill today as further snowfalls overnight gridlock many rail services and roads. Gatwick and Edinburgh will remain closed after ground staff working throughout the night finally lost the battle to clear the settling snow.
Amid the coldest November for 25 years, parts of Britain have been brought to a standstill by snow and ice, with widespread disruption to airports, roads and railways. Londoners woke up to a thin dusting of snow amid reports that the “big freeze” could reach every part of the UK.
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Snow continued to fall across the UK creating fresh chaos for travellers and closing Gatwick Airport for the second time in a week. Heathrow is currently open but airport operator BAA is warning of cancellations and delays due to the weather. Birmingham Airport and Cardiff Airport were also closed but both have now reopened but warned of severe delays and cancellations.