It’s Christmas Eve but thousands of passengers are still stranded at airports across the UK. Dozens of flights were cancelled today.The weekend fog has dissipated but the knock-on effect is just as disruptive. As travel writer Simon Calder confirms, passengers’ options are diminishing.
“The airline may offer to book you on another flight but realistically there is going to be very few seats available over the next few hours, next few days. They can give your money back but it won’t be much consolation if it ruins your christmas plans.”
Over the weekend all British airports were affected. Today it was mainly London’s Heathrow and Gatwick which bore the brunt of the disruption. Heathrow cancelled 64 flights, Gatwick was also forced to ground departures.
Hundreds of people spent the night at Heathrow. Now more are expecting to wake up on Christmas morning in an airport terminal.
But at least the fog isn’t set to return. Britain’s meteorological office is predicting a warmer, but wetter day tomorrow.