They’re scattered like leaves throughout the terminals, but air passengers in London can now see some end to the misery caused by four days of transport standstill. The thick blanket of fog that closed down Heathrow airport and stranded an estimated 40, 000 Christmas travellers, is lifting. British Airways said 75 per cent of its flights were now operating and it expected to return to normal service on Sunday.
The news that Christmas hadn’t been cancelled after all was scarcely acknowledged by exhausted passengers who had spent the last few days virtually camping in Heathrow’s terminals. Boeing 747 jumbo jets, normally reserved for long haul flights are being put on some European destinations to clear the backlog. Airport staff handed out blankets to those queuing in freezing fog, while others waited in makeshift tents for their flights to be called.