Snow and ice caused havoc for some travellers over the weekend, with disruption expected to continue today.
Snowploughs were used to clear runways at Heathrow on Sunday, with much disruption playing out.
The Independent estimates that 50,000 British Airways passengers have been affected after the airline’s operation “juddered almost to a halt at Heathrow”.
More than 140 outbound short-haul flights, and 26 long-haul departures, were cancelled on Sunday, the Independent reports.
BA has cancelled a further 70 short-haul round trips today (Monday), plus nine long-haul flights including departures to Rio, Tokyo and Los Angeles. An additional 15,000 people will be affected by these latest cancellations, the newspaper claims.
Heathrow said in a statement on Twitter today: “Some flights at Heathrow will be disrupted today due to crew and aircraft being out of position following yesterday’s weather.
“As always, our advice to passengers is to check your flight status with your airline before coming
to the airport.
“If your flight is cancelled, we ask that you do not travel to the airport and keep updated via your airline’s website. We’re working with our airline partners to return aircraft to where they need to be and full service recovery remains the focus.
“The safety and comfort of our passengers is always our first priority and we’re working closely with our airlines to ensure affected passengers are looked after.”
Gatwick appears to have been less badly affected however.
“We are currently operating as normal but snow and extreme weather in other parts of the UK and Europe could cause delays and some cancellations – please check with your airline for the status of your flight,” it said.
A Birmingham airport statemnet also warned of delayes as it “manages the backlog of flights and impact of yesterday’s weather disruption”.
London Luton airport said some flights may be subject to delay or cancellation after a number of flights could not land on Sunday.