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White-knuckle Christmas for British fogged-in flyers

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White-knuckle Christmas for British fogged-in flyers

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British weather has been slowly letting more planes take off after fog caused chaotic mass cancellations over the weekend, though knock-on disruption continues to affect many travellers. Fights were still grounded at Heathrow, Gatwick and at London’s City Airport.

Travel writer Simon Calder speculates on what will happen to the many hundreds of would-be passengers who were stuck overnight:

“The airline may offer to book you on another flight but realistically there’s going to be very, very few seats available over the next few hours, next few days. They can give you your money back but that won’t be much consolation if it ruins your Christmas plans.”

Hundreds of flights were cancelled at airports across the country on Saturday and Sunday.
Officials urged passengers to contact their carrier before even coming to the airports. Weather forecasters predicted a damp and grey Christmas Day.