Flights to UK disrupted due to snow storms
Airlines operating from the Middle East to the UK warn of more delays and cancellations
The travel trade has been warned that flights between the Middle East and the UK will continue to face disruptions today (Tuesday) due to severe weather blasting the south east of England.
UK carrier Virgin Atlantic cancelled its Dubai to London Heathrow service this morning, while British Airways (BA) said it expected “further operational disruption” across its network, including the Middle East.
The carrier, which operates four flights daily from Dubai and daily services from Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Bahrain and Doha to Heathrow, said as a result of yesterday’s disruption across UK airports due to heavy snowfall, there were aircraft and crew out of position all over the world.
“This means that we will be operating a reduced flying programme on both short-haul and long-haul flights at Heathrow,” said a BA spokesperson.
“We are doing everything we can to minimise the disruption for customers.”
“If your flight has been cancelled we would advise customers not to come to the airport,” said the spokesperson.
“We would like to apologise to customers for the disruption to their journey. We are working around the clock trying to operate as many flights as we possibly can.”
Emirates Airline said the adverse weather conditions in the UK had caused little disruption to its flights into the country so far – the carrier flies to Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow.
“Our flights have been operating as per our normal schedule with the exception of the EK006 LHR-DXB, which was delayed because of extra time required for de-icing of the aircraft and snow clearance from the runway at London Heathrow,” said an airline spokesperson.
"We are continuing to monitor the situation at London Heathrow and other airports around the UK and are ready to respond if the situation changes. As always the safety and comfort of our passengers and crew is our primary concern.”
In other airline news, BA announced today that it would delay the resumption of its Riyadh and Jeddah services until Sunday May 31.
The carrier originally planned to re-start services to both Saudi Arabian cities on March 30.
“All customers booked to travel between March 30 and May 21 on British Airways’ Riyadh and Jeddah services will be offered a full refund or the chance to re-book once services start,” said a BA spoke