The weekend is over and thankfully so is the ordeal for the travellers. London Heathrow, one of biggest and busiest airports on the planet, proved its helplessness once again as a thick blanket of snow covered the entire country.
Heathrow cancelled 20% of its flight services on Saturday and almost half of its regular services on Sunday due to heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures. Thousands of travellers were left high and dry as the airport decided to halt its air travel operations. Scenes of utter chaos greeted the eyes at the BAA managed London Heathrow.
Other airports in London were also impacted but not much when compared to Heathrow. Stansted, Gatwick Birmingham and Luton put a hold on its operations for some time on the Saturday night but the airport continued with its regular services on Sunday.
Almost every airline with daily flights to London was affected by the airport’s decision to ground services. Irish airline, Ryanair cancelled four flights on Saturday and one on Sunday. The airline that is renowned for doling out cheap flight tickets, however made sure that travellers are offered alternate flights. The airline did so without asking travellers to shell any sort of charges, ensuring that cheap flight tickets with the airline remain cheap.
Ireland’s flag carrier, Aer Lingus was also affected and was forced to axe 16 flights between Ireland and the UK. Gulf carriers, Emirates and Etihad Airways and Indian airlines, like Kingfisher and Air India were also forced to ground flights to London.
A host of other airlines were impacted by the cancellation of services by the airport.