UK snow affects SA flights

2012-02-06 14:15
Cape Town - South African passengers travelling to and from Heathrow Airport in London faced flight disruptions on Monday.

This comes after heavy snow forced Heathrow Airport to cancel a number of flights over the weekend. Heathrow is the world’s busiest air hub in terms of international passenger traffic.

Only one Virgin Atlantic flight departing OR Tambo International Airport on Monday has been delayed.

However, incoming flights from Heathrow arriving on Monday were less fortunate. Of the five flights that arrive in Johannesburg daily, only one South African Airways (SAA) flight was due to arrive on time. A Virgin Airways and SAA flight were delayed, while one British Airways (BA) and one SAA flight were cancelled.

Cape Town has been less affected, with three flights coming in successfully and one incoming flight being delayed.


Heathrow cancelled half of the 1 300 flights planned for Sunday as snow descended on Britain over the weekend.

Other airports in London had no delays or cancellations on Sunday. “By cancelling flights in advance airlines have been able to rebook some people onto flights that are departing, and passengers have had better quality information about whether they can fly or not,” Heathrow Airport said in a statement.

Heathrow was almost back to normal on Monday morning. Due to the backlog of flights over the weekend, there were still a few minor cancellations. “Heathrow is open and our usual flight schedule is operating today. There will, however, be a handful of cancellations as result of yesterday’s disruption,” said Heathrow Airport.

In December 2010 over 4 000 flights were cancelled in a week as snow hit Britain.  The British economy lost an estimated £1.2bn a day, and BA lost around £20m, reports The Telegraph.

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