Heavy fog at Heathrow causes travel disruption for more than 10,000 passengers

Published on : Monday, January 23, 2017

heathrow-fogMore than 10,000 travellers have been hit by the cancellation of one hundred to and fro flights from Heathrow. Heavy fog at Europe’s busiest airport caused dozens of flights to be delayed by more than an hour of the scheduled time.



British Airways has cancelled 80 flights as of now and might face further disruptions. So far, the domestic services or short European hops of the BA airlines have been cancelled. Links to and from Athens, Moscow and St Petersburg have also been grounded by the fog.


The other airlines have cancelled around 20 short-haul flights, with Aer Lingus and KLM each cancelling four flights to and from their hubs at Dublin and Amsterdam respectively.  SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss are also affected.


According to a Heathrow spokesperson, the foggy weather across the South East has reduced visibility at Heathrow. As a result, some passengers may experience disruption to their journeys today. Passengers should check their flight status with their airline before coming to the airport. Heathrow’s top priority is the safety of passengers and apologised to those whose travel has been affected.



More than 10,000 passengers have so far been affected. While long-haul schedules have so far been protected, the long delays on many arriving flights mean thousands of connecting passengers will have their journey plans wrecked.


For safety reasons Air Traffic Control, greater space was allowed between the landing aircraft timings which is the main reason for the reduced number of planes.


More than 30 flights serving London City airport have been cancelled because of fog, with CityJet, Flybe, Luxair and Swiss among the airlines affected. BA’s business-class-only arrival from New York was diverted to Gatwick, with flights from Bremen, Billund and Rotterdam also landing at other airports. However, under the European rules, the travellers will not be given any paid compensation.

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