Published on : Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Due to freezing fog around 20,000 airline passengers found their flights to and from the UK airport being cancelled.
Manchester airport, Britain’s third-biggest, saw dozens of cancellations on Monday particularly on Flybe.
Services were grounded to Exeter, Southampton, Belfast, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Flights from Ryanair and easyJet flights were heavily delayed or cancelled.
Loganair’s link from Manchester to Inverness was completely cut off and some passengers travelled by bus. Their estimated arrival time was 4.30am which was more than seven hours late.
The Met Office mentioned that at night the fog may start to lift into low cloud which may be a slow process. There might be some patches perhaps lingering throughout the night.
In central and southern England, the forecast mentioned that there might be light winds and and clear skies with the formation of fog by Monday evening leading to visibility falling below 100 m in places.
A slow improvement to conditions is expected on Tuesday morning however cloud arriving from the west may help lift the fog here.
There might be patches of fog in southern and eastern parts of England throughout the morning.
There had been more than 100 cancellations in Heathrow. Departures on Aer Lingus to Dublin and Shannon, Flybe to Edinburgh, Lufthansa to Frankfurt and Munich, SAS to Copenhagen and Stavanger, Eurowings to Stuttgart and KLM to Amsterdam are all grounded.
The largest number of cancellations is on British Airways.
A major number of grounded domestic and European flights are to or from Heathrow.
Gatwick and London City airports are also affected.
The airline mentioned that for the safety of the customers there will be slight reduction the short-haul schedules.
All customers were asked to check their flight’s operation before travelling to the airport.
The airline was apologetic about the disruption caused at this important time of year.