Cancelled flights: check with airline before travelling

A road closed sign in snow covered Ironbridge in Shropshire, as heavy snowfall across parts of the UK causes widespread disruption and grounds flights. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
A road closed sign in snow covered Ironbridge in Shropshire, as heavy snowfall across parts of the UK causes widespread disruption and grounds flights. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

A range of flights out of Northern Ireland have been cancelled due to heavy snow across Great Britain and Europe.

A spokeswoman for Belfast International Airport said its Northern Ireland operations were not directly affected by the weather, but that heavy snow across the rest of Britain and Europe was causing the cancellations.

By Sunday afternoon 16 flights had been cancelled to or from Stansted, Luton, Birmingham, Amsterdam and Glasgow.

“We expect the disruption to continue into Monday,” she said. “The situation will remain fluid so our advice is that if you are planning to catch a flight, contact your airline before travelling to the airport to ensure it is not cancelled.”

A spokeswoman for Belfast City Airport told the BBC that routes affected included ◾Flybe’s London City, ◾Flybe’s Birmingham and ◾Aer Lingus’s Heathrow.

Again, passengers are advised to contact their airline before travelling to the airport.

British Airways flights between Heathrow and Belfast City Airport were still continuing to operate, however.

While there have been no cancellations at the City of Derry airport, some flights were subject to delay, the BBC also reported.

Heavy snowfall across parts of the UK caused widespread disruption yesterday morning, closing roads and grounding flights.

Flights were suspended at Birmingham Airport while the runway was cleared, leaving passengers facing delays, while a north-bound section of the M1 was closed in Leicestershire due to numerous vehicles being stranded.

Luton Airport shut down its runway for around an hour on Sunday morning, temporarily suspending all flights just after 10am.

It reopened the strip for departures only at 11.30am, writing online: “For the latest status of your flight please check with your airline. Passengers are advised to leave additional time for your journey to the airport. We apologise for any inconvenience.”