Flights from key London airports have been thrown into chaos due to the extreme heat and thunderstorms. The disruption began yesterday and continues into today with airline British Airways cancelling around 30 flights out of Heathrow Airport. London hubs took to social media to update passengers on the disruption due to weather conditions. Passengers are being urged to check the status of their flight ahead of travel. This is what you need to know about any disruption to travel from London today.
On Thursday 36.9C was recorded at Heathrow, making it the new July record for the UK.
Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports in London have all been impacted by the weather, with air traffic control experiencing problems at Heathrow.
According to Sky News: “A spokesperson for National Air Traffic services says it is experiencing a technical problem with a system which is causing some flight restrictions and a Heathrow Airport spokesperson says it is supporting NATS to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”
Heathrow tweeted to apologise for any disturbance: “Extreme weather conditions across Europe have caused delays/cancellations at Heathrow & other airports. Please check with your airline before travelling.
“We’re sorry for the disruption & are working with our airline partners to keep passengers travelling.”
Gatwick also posted on Twitter this morning, writing: “Good morning from Gatwick! If you’re travelling with us today do check your airline, as bad weather may cause some delays.”
Stansted also shared an update, tweeting late last night: “Thunderstorms across Europe, tracking towards South East of England have resulted in air traffic control restrictions this evening, causing a number of delays and cancellations at all London airports.
“For the latest status of your flight please check with your airline.”
British Airways have had to cancel around 30 flights out of Heathrow today due to the weather conditions.
A BA spokesman told Express.co.uk: “Like many other airlines and travel operators we have been affected by severe weather issues overnight and into today.
“Our teams have been apologising to customers for the inconvenience and doing what they can to look after them, providing refreshment vouchers and hotel accommodation for those already at the airport and as much information as possible on the delays or cancellations, which have been caused by thunderstorms following the extreme heat.
“We advise customers to check ba.com for the latest flight information.”
easyJet has also been affected across the UK. An airline spokeswoman told Express.co.uk: “Due to adverse weather conditions yesterday evening, easyJet, like other airlines, experienced disruption to its flying programme at London Gatwick, London Stansted, London Luton, Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol.
“We are doing everything possible to minimise the impact of the disruption for our customers and to arrange alternative travel. Customers on cancelled flights have been given the option of transferring their flight free of charge or receiving a refund. We have also provided hotel rooms and meals for customers who required them and any customers who arranged their own will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses.
“The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew is our highest priority. Whilst this was outside of our control, we would like to apologise for any inconvenience experienced as a result of the weather.”
On Friday temperatures will fall to highs of around 30 degrees for south-east England, with the rest of the country a little cooler.
During the weekend temperatures will fall further, and may not exceed 20 degrees on either day.
Met Office warnings for thunderstorms are in place for eastern Scotland and eastern and central England on Friday. Warnings for rain are also in place for Friday, but only for parts of northern England and southern Scotland.
Eurostar has also been hit by travel chaos. Passengers have been told not to travel between the UK and Paris unless essential, with long delays expected. The services affected include trains to and from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet and Ashford.
In a statement, Eurostar said: “Due to an overhead power issue in Paris, our traffic to and from Paris is severely disrupted and advise essential travel only Exchange your ticket for free, for a later date, subject to availability.
“If you choose to travel, please proceed to ticket gates at the time indicated on your ticket as normal. If you arrive at your destination more than 60 minutes late, you can claim compensation. Please wait 24 hours then go to compensation.eurostar.com. We apologise for the inconvenience and we thank you for your patience.”
Published at Fri, 26 Jul 2019 11:02:00 +0000