Heathrow to operate reduced service

2012-02-04 17:42

London - London's Heathrow Airport said on Saturday that it would operate a much reduced service on Sunday with snow and freezing temperatures predicted to hit much of England.

Heavy snow is forecast overnight across central and southern England, with a possibility of up to 15cm could fall in the London area. Temperatures were also not expected to climb above -2ยบ C, leading to icy conditions.

As a result, just 70% of normal services will operate from London's Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, said BAA in a statement.

"A further revised schedule with additional cancellations may be made on a rolling basis," BAA said.

"We expect the percentage of passengers who are able to fly to be higher than 70% as airlines will transfer people between flights."

"This decision ensures that the greatest number of passengers can fly with the minimum amount of disruption", said Heathrow Chief Operating Officer Normand Boivin.

"It also means that those passengers whose flights are cancelled will know in advance and can make alternative arrangements or rebook in relative comfort."

London's Gatwick Airport said there was no change to its schedule yet but warned passengers to check with airlines and the airport.

There was also a warning of potential disruption to services at London's Stansted airport but a spokesperson said there were no planned cancellations at the moment.

  • Vegi - 2012-02-04 18:04

    I said it before and I repeat it now, the continent of Europe is cold and unforgiving. Before long it will be an unpopulated ice desert. People should be evacuated from that place to avoid more casualties. A warning to South Africans wanting to go abroad: Avoid Europe (rist of freezing to death), Asia (risk of execution) and the Americas (risk of dying in drug violence and Al Qaeda attacks).

      Jim - 2012-02-04 18:18

      Have you just got home from a session at the local Shebeen Vegi.....unless you are taking the P*iss you are talking Cra*p. Or perhaps you're a member of a party political youth organisation...ha ha ha

      Alfred - 2012-02-05 19:01

      So then why is it that the "cold and unforgiving" continent of Europe is giving billions in aid each year to the utopian paradise that is Africa?

  • Vegi - 2012-02-04 18:20

    A total shutdown of that evil island is imminent. Everything will grind to a halt. Vehicles will not be able to move due to accumulating ice. Power stations will eventually not be able to spin their turbines. Power lines will collapse due to falling snow accumulating on the cables. This is the beginning of the big freeze which scientists have failed to predict. Europe will soon become a huge ice mass extending from the Iberian Peninsula to the Arctic. The British Isles will sink beneath the weight of the ice and what was once called a country will only remain in our memory and history books. These governments must act fast to evacuate the people, but not to Africa.

      Jim - 2012-02-04 18:28


      Wendy - 2012-02-04 18:32

      Now why aren't you president?

      Vegi - 2012-02-04 18:35

      Wendy Why should I be President?

      Alfred - 2012-02-05 19:04

      Vegi, the only "huge ice mass" around here is the one balancing on your shoulders. I think you should act fast to evacuate your bowels, lest more it spews onto this website.

  • Seja - 2012-02-04 19:01

    Perhaps that weather phenomenon they always talk about is beginning to bite (the one that causes temperature extremes) ... SA has been blistering hot over the past few weeks and Europe has been freezing cold over the past few weeks too!!

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