Travellers bound for London’s airports were being warned of potential chaos on Monday as the descent of a thick fog caused havoc, resulting in the cancellation of 100 flights at Heathrow.
The Met Office issued severe weather warnings for London, as well as the south-east of England and some areas of the south-west. The warnings came after a dense and freezing fog descended upon the south, just in time for the rush hour. The vile weather caused horrendous disruption to road traffic, but also plunged air travel into chaos, grounding numerous flights.
In Northolt, England, the temperature dipped to minus 6.2ºC (21ºF), a low for the country, only 10 miles from Heathrow. Visibility on the runways of Heathrow airport was as poor as a mere 100 metres and passengers at the airport were warned to check flight details prior to leaving home.
The airport’s website warned that foggy weather was expected across London for the duration of Monday 23rd January and that it was very likely there would be disruptions to planned flights as a result.
Travellers were further advised that they should check the status of their flight prior to leaving home for the airport. Heathrow apologised for the inconvenience any disruptions might cause, but were keen to emphasise that their priority was the safety of their passengers.
By 6.45am, London City airport was reporting at least 15 cancelled flights. A spokeswoman for the airport stated that, as a result of weather conditions, it was advisable for all passengers to get in touch with their respective airlines for up to date information on their flights, and keep an eyes on the airport’s website for live departure times and information.
Gatwick airport fared a little better, having only been forced to cancel one flight by 7.30am. Despite this, travellers were still warned that delays to other flights were possible for the rest of the day, and likewise urged passengers to check with their airlines.
Delays of as much as two and a half hours were experienced by passengers, who were left with little information concerning the state of their flights, and when they might be able to leave. The fog was so dense that visibility in and around London was near zero, with some passengers reporting it was impossible to see out of their train windows on their arrival in the city.
At Stansted Airport a spokeswoman reported there had been no cancellations, yet still advised travellers to keep in touch with their airlines to ensure they were aware of the current situation, and left enough time to travel to the airport in the poor weather conditions.
A yellow warning for fog remained in effect until 10.30am, however low winds and freezing persisted well into the afternoon, with the Met Office issuing a warning that all London’s major airports were operating with on 100 metres of visibility due to the dense and penetrating fog.
Although conditions improved as the morning wore on, the fog lingered for the remainder of the day, with road users being warned of the threat and further cautions being issued after the freezing overnight conditions only made travel more perilous.
Though fog is far from a stranger to London it is nevertheless an inhospitable guest and can cause untold damage to travel plans. Grounded flights can easily cost you hours of your time and great deal of stress before you holiday has even started. The additional troubles caused by missed connections can turn what should have been a relaxing trip into an expensive nightmare.
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