London’s Heathrow airport, which is the busiest Airport in the UK and one of the most busiest in the world, was forced to cancel over eighty flights, as severe snowstorms battered the United Kingdom.
The cancellations were made one day prior to the snowstorms arrival and the decision was made in part due to safety concerns and the fact that the potentially icy conditions would render the runways highly dangerous to either land or take-off from.
Because of the airport is overloaded and occupied twenty-four/seven, this fact allows Heathrow Airport to re-assign flights quickly whenever the airport experiences conditions which force is to ground or cancel flights.
An airport spokesman told Reuters that:
“We have taken the decision to reduce the flight schedule on Thursday, to allow airlines to rebook passengers onto un-allocated seats ahead of time where possible,” Heathrow said in a statement, advising passengers to check before travelling.
And getwestlondon.co.uk reported on more information that the Airport and British Airways released to the general public.
The airline has notified passengers not to come to the airport unless they have a confirmed booking on a flight that is operating.
“As a result of the forecast poor weather we have agreed with Heathrow Airport, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and other airlines to reduce the afternoon and early evening flight schedules at the airport on Thursday 12 January,” BA said.
“The number of aircraft permitted to land by NATS at the Heathrow Airport from 3pm on Thursday is likely to be significantly reduced as the airport’s ground teams may need to remove snow and ice from the airport’s two runways and multiple taxiways.
“We are sorry for the difficulties which are likely to be caused by the poor weather and will do all we can to minimise the effect it has on our operations.”
It also warned that flights to and from London Gatwick and London City airports may be affected.