London City Airport REOPENS after snow forces closure – is your flight affected? – Express - https://travelporn.info | luxury travel sitesFebruary 2, 2019 8:49 am Categorised in: Travel News
Heavy snowfall prompted London City Airport to close on Friday night. The east London transport hub was struck by the bad weather in a cold snap which saw snow fall across the capital. Bosses took to Twitter to announce the news, then later confirmed it would be open for scheduled flights on Saturday. Yet which flights have been affected for UK travellers?
What is the situation at London City Airport?
London City Airport closed shortly after 10pm on Friday, February 1, as heavy snowfall enveloped the UK capital city.
A message on the East London transport hub’s website read: “Due to adverse weather (heavy snow fall) the runway has now been closed.
“We regret to inform you that few flights have been diverted and some have been cancelled.”
No other information was given about the diversions or cancellations, with passengers best to contact their flight provider.
Yet with all flights cancelled or re-routed, the entirety of airlines were affected.
It re-opened for usual service today.
A statement posted on Twitter read: “Following the short closure of the runway earlier this evening, to clear accumulating snow, it is expected to open as normal on Saturday morning, based on current forecasts.
“For passengers wishing to check their flight status in advance, please do so with your airline. Thank you.”
Have any more airports in London closed?
Earlier in the day, British Airways cancelled flights from its Heathrow base due to the weather conditions.
More than 90 Heathrow flights were scrapped due to the freezing weather and snow blasting the UK.
The airline made the decision to cancel flights after a snowstorm struck and was urging passengers to check their flight status ahead of travel to the airport.
The cancellations are only affecting BA short-haul flights – no other airlines are understood to have held flights from Heathrow.
Meanwhile, London Gatwick confirmed it was operating as normal.
How is the weather affecting travel?
An amber Met Office weather warning, indicating “risk to life”, is in place for part of southern England today with the UK set to experience another bitterly cold day with more snow and ice expected for parts of the country.
Snow showers are likely over northern Scotland, eastern England, south-west England and western Wales. Western Scotland and Northern Ireland should remain dry and largely snow free.
The cold will continue into Saturday, with the potential for more showers of snow.