Thick fog disrupts flights in Britain for a second day

The Houses of Parliament in London shrouded in fog yesterday morning. British Airways cancelled more than 100 flights to and from Heathrow Airport and the Docklands' London City Airport, said The Independent. It added that London City was effectively
The Houses of Parliament in London shrouded in fog yesterday morning. British Airways cancelled more than 100 flights to and from Heathrow Airport and the Docklands' London City Airport, said The Independent. It added that London City was effectively closed, with visibility down to about 50m.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Fog upended flight schedules across Britain for a second day yesterday, wrecking travel plans for thousands at the start of the work week.

British Airways (BA) alone cancelled more than 100 flights to and from Europe's busiest airport Heathrow and the Docklands' London City Airport, according to The Independent. London City was effectively closed, with visibility down to about 50m, the report added.

The airline resorted to telling passengers to "not come to the airport unless you have a confirmed booking on a flight that is operating".

On Sunday, BA had axed about 90 flights to and from Heathrow.

Hundreds of other flights on a wide range of airlines were similarly affected, leaving planes, pilots and passengers out of position. Most of the cancellations were of domestic and short-haul European flights.

BBC reported that a Sky News presenter missed his breakfast show due to the fog, tweeting: "Cancelled on @British_ Airways then @flybe. Everything else full. Not getting out of Belfast."

At Gatwick, Britain's second-busiest airport, easyJet cancelled a number of flights, including three in a row to and from Amsterdam, blaming air traffic control restrictions, BBC said.

BBC quoted the low-cost airline as saying it was suffering "major network disruption today due to poor weather conditions throughout Europe causing low visibility".

Foggy conditions across Europe are having a knock-on effect on British flights, with Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Paris- Charles De Gaulle among the airports affected, it added.

A spokesman for Changi Airport Group told The Straits Times last night that no flights from Singapore were cancelled or delayed by the fog in London.

Passengers can check if their flights are affected with their respective airlines, or via Changi Airport's website.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 03, 2015, with the headline 'Thick fog disrupts flights in Britain for a second day'. Print Edition | Subscribe