Thunderstorms causes travel chaos, 200 flights cancelled, thousands of passengers face disruption

Published on : Wednesday, May 30, 2018

strikeLondon the busiest city in the world for air travel was battered by a wave of thunderstorms cancelling close to 200 flights.



Forecasters predict that the existing condition may persist for another week.



The extreme weather across the southeast forced thousands of passengers flying in and out of the London face another day of disruption.Gatwick and Heathrow are the busiest single-runway and twin-runway airports in the world.




The third consecutive day of  travel disruption saw British Airways cancelling nearly 50 flights to and from Heathrow. This included short-haul departures to Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Edinburgh, Milan, Moscow and Stockholm.



There was seven hours of postponements and the long-haul passengers faced problems.A BA flight to New York was cancelled and an overnight flight to Chennai left eight hours late.




Following one of the weekends of the year the airline’s team had been working to get tens of thousands of customers away on their half term breaks even though the bad weather and thunderstorm has been a challenge across Europe stated a spokesperson from the British Airways.



He further said that they did everything to minimise the disruption and refunds were made to the customers whose flights were cancelled.


Aer Lingus to Dublin, Vueling to La Coruna and SAS to Stockholm flights were cancelled.The departures to Cologne,Dusseldorf Frankfurt and Munich were grounded by Lufthansa and its budget offshoot, Eurowings. The flights were also cancelled.



The cancellation of the shuttle between Terminal 2/3 and Terminal 4 caused problems for passengers changing terminals at the Heathrow.


Stansted had more than 50 flights cancelled, mostly Ryanair grounding links to destination like Riga, Palermo and Lisbon.




Round trips to Berlin, Paris, Venice and Zurich were cancelled by easyJet at Gatwick.Flights to and from Dublin flights were cancelled by Aer Lingus and British Airways grounded round-trips to Amsterdam, Jersey and Glasgow.




Flooding caused severe disruption at London City Airport and the British Airways flight from the Isle of Man to the Docklands airport flew to the Thames Estuary.It circled in a holding pattern for some time, then – with other London airports experiencing problems – returned to the Isle of Man.




A spokesperson for easyJet mentioned that Easyjet is doing everything possible to minimise the disruptions for the customers due to weather. An option of free transfers, refunds and hotel accommodation was provided.


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