London’s Heathrow Plans to Scrap 260 Sunday FlightsSarah Shannon
London’s Heathrow airport, the busiest in Europe, said it plans to cancel 260 flights Sunday as more snow was predicted for the U.K.
Tomorrow’s reduction of 20 percent of flights follows today’s 100 cancellations and was a joint decision by Heathrow, the airlines and traffic control due to concern about added snow and low visibility, Heathrow Ltd. said in a statement. The company said both of Heathrow’s runways were operating normally today after snow yesterday forced the cancellation of 395 flights as it alternated between the two to allow for plowing.
British Airways, a unit of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, said about 30 of its flights were canceled today “mainly due to a knock-on disruption,” according to Euan Fordyce, a spokesman for the airline. The flights affected are domestic and short-haul journeys to Europe, BA said.
Heathrow said it was giving priority to long-haul flights. A further 2 centimeters to 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) of snow may fall in the U.K.tomorrow, according to the British Met Office, though it reduced its warning level to “yellow” from “orange” as the risk moves to ice from snow.
British Airways said aircraft and flight and cabin crew are “out of position” after snow disruption and getting them back in place is causing some cancellations.
Gatwick airport, London’s second busiest hub, said it was unaffected after a handful of disruptions yesterday, though it urged travelers to check their flights as parts of Europe are still affected by snow. Stansted said it was also “operating as normal” while Luton, headquarters of low-cost carrier Easyjet Plc, said it was planning for possible minor delays to allow for snow clearing and de-icing of planes.
London City, in the east of the capital, said it was open as usual though some flights may be affected by yesterday’s disruption.
Snowfalls yesterday led to hundreds of flight cancellations in Germany and Austria, curtailing service by carriers including Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe’s second-biggest.