Hundreds of flights cancelled due to cold snap

Hundreds of flights from the London to Frankfurt airports were moved and suspended due to the snow and ice that swept throughout the continent. So far, London’s Heathrow has cancelled 179 flights, which is approximately 14% of the total 260 booked yesterday.

It was done because the visibility in Europe might deteriorate hence the aircrafts need to have a significant distance between each other. Frankfurt, on the other hand, already cancelled 424 of the 1,1190 schedule flights plus approximately 40% of traffic in the airports of Paris.

In compliance to the European rules, airlines need to pay for the food and accommodation of the passengers whose flights were cancelled. British Airways (IAG) made clear that those customers who opted to delay or rebook their flights won’t be charged of any amount, and they will be given a choice between refund, re-routing, or re-booking.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG also begun to cancel scheduled flight tomorrow, and according to their site, 516 bookings for the two first days of this week are already suspended. Another busy airport, Gatwick, announced on their website that there is a possibility of flight cancellations and customers are advised to check with the airlines before their travel day.

Eurostar Group Ltd, who has a train route to from Paris and Brussels to London, was also affected by the snowfall. They have six pre-emptive cancelled services and they said that their trains will have delays due to the speed guidelines.

Meanwhile, Air France-KLM also suspended 50 flights from Amsterdam and Schipol. According to their spokeswoman, Marit Merkus, they had to cancel the flights because of the weather condition. As per the Brussels Airport, spokesman Jan Van der Cruysse said that their hub is functioning normally. In fact, some of the cancelled flights due to the snowfall were diverted to Brussels.