Flight delays as fog hit UK airports: Flight have been cancelled or delayed after fog hit the south east of the UK.
(BBC News) –Dozens of flights travelling to and from UK airports have been cancelled or delayed after fog hit the south east of the UK.
Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Southampton and Cardiff airports all warned passengers to check with their airlines before travelling.
Drivers were urged to take care as the Met Office warned of low visibility.
Meanwhile, Public Health England (PHE) warned that temperatures could plummet as low as -5C on New Year’s Day.
Keep up to date with traffic and weather news on the BBC:
Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said Friday’s lingering, freezing fog had lingered overnight.
He added: “We think it will gradually improve throughout the morning but it will be a slow process.”
Some patches of fog could persist into Saturday evening “but not so much, not as widespread or as dense”.
The Met has issued north-west Scotland with a “yellow” weather warning, with heavy rain and gale-force winds expected to bring difficult driving conditions ahead of Hogmanay celebrations.
‘Very heavy fog’
A spokeswoman for Gatwick Airport, which cancelled 140 flights flights on Friday, said: “Unfortunately we are still experiencing very heavy fog across the south east.”
She said a number of crew members had been displaced by Friday’s cancellations, which may be contributing to the further delays.
More than a dozen easyJet flights were delayed for over an hour on Saturday morning, she added.
Though Gatwick is not experiencing any further cancellations, the airport “strongly advises” people to contact their airline before travelling.
A spokesman for Heathrow Airport said 45 flights had been cancelled on Saturday after being displaced by Friday’s fog.
He said there were no further cancellations due to Saturday’s weather conditions but warned there might be some delays.
London City Airport also warned Friday’s fog had led to some cancellations on Saturday, but told travellers on Twitter that it was “operating normally today”.
Southampton Airport in Hampshire and Cardiff Airport also reported disruption due to fog on Saturday morning and advised passengers to check their flights.
British Airways passenger Alexander McNabb and his wife Sarah’s flight from Belfast to Heathrow has been delayed by more than 24 hours.
Mr McNabb, who is due to spend New Year’s Eve with family before flying home to Dubai, told the BBC his frustration was “explosive”.
He said: “Our flight was cancelled and we were given an awful handwritten note with the wrong contact number on it, and a £5 compensation voucher.”
After exhausting every customer helpline with no luck, Mr McNabb finally got a response from BA through Twitter.
“They told us to come back to the airport at 6am, so we got up early. We checked in. Then it turns out there’s a plane but no crew… And we’ve been delayed until 5.30pm.
“They gave us another £5 voucher for breakfast… We’re checked in and trapped in.”
A spokesman for BA apologised for Mr McNabb’s delay, blaming Friday’s fog for putting crews and aircraft out of position
Meanwhile, Highways England said the foggy conditions of recent days underlined the importance of driving to the conditions.
Seventeen people were injured on Friday after a coach veered off a motorway slip road and overturned in heavy fog in Oxfordshire.
A spokesman for Highways England said: “Fog can come very quickly so it’s important to leave plenty of space.
“The thing that’s really important to remember is when it’s wet it does take twice as long to stop.”
On the railways a fresh strike by Southern Rail conductors is causing widespread disruption for travellers.
Parent firm Govia Thameslink (GTR) has urged people to check travel information because some New Year’s Eve services will finish early.