Although more snowfall and continued sub zero temperatures may possibly affect travel plans this weekend, it looks like roads may be the worst hit as most airports in the UK are operating according to schedule.
Ice and freezing rain have caused havoc on some roads but things look more promising for the weekend as temperatures should thaw out slightly for “Getaway Saturday”, the start of half term and a chance for families to get away for a ski or winter sun break before spring. Top timeshare destination the Canary Islands has been one of the warmest places in Europe during the Big Freeze of 2012, while ski destinations including Switzerland and France have seen much lower temperatures than usual at this time of year.
More snow is forecast tonight (Friday) but the snow should melt this weekend onwards making things easier at the UK’s major airports.Heathrow cancelled 50% of flights last week but things are back to normal. However passengers departing from the airport in the next few days are still advised to check before leaving home. A Heathrow spokesman said:
“We’re running a normal schedule today but always check with your airline too.”
Gatwick, London Luton, Birmingham, Stansted, Bristol and Bournemouth are all reporting normal operations and not expecting disruptions or diversions despite more snow.
Some flights from Leeds/Bradford were cancelled last night with the airport blamed adverse weather conditions for delays this morning.
According to press reports, about 90,000 travellers are due to fly out from UK airports on Saturday. The Met Office says it does not expect any significant snow over the weekend but drivers are cautioned to keep up to date on the latest weather alerts.
Airlines and airports have been posting updates on Twitter and their official websites, providing up to the minutet weather reports, flight delay alerts and information for passengers affected by cancellations.
Visit www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/uk_forecast_weather.html for the latest 5-day forecast for the UK