Airports across the UK are expected to deal with the upcoming bad weather better than in recent years. Although heavy snow has disrupted some travel this morning, most airports in the UK are staying open for today.
Heathrow airport has spent £36 million in the last two years, improving its winter resilience programme, after being heavily criticised over its management of heavy snowfall in 2010. £11 million went on new vehicles and £10 million was spent on aircraft de-icer and other facilities. Gatwick has also spent £8 million on more snow clearing vehicles since 2010, increasing the size of its fleet to 98.
"As with any weather situation, safety comes first and we would of course need time to clear the runway and taxiways to make it safe for aircrafts to land and take off” stated a spokesperson for Gatwick, talking about the recent weather conditions.
In Scotland, Edinburgh airport has spent £2 million improving its standby fleet in the last two years to help fight bad weather more efficiently. A spokesperson for Edinburgh airport said that "although snow is forecast this weekend we are confident that, in the event of severe weather, we are fully prepared to react in order to avoid passenger disruption,"
Passengers across the UK are being advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport and to allow extra time getting to the airport, in order to avoid delays checking in and boarding. The snow is expected to carry on today, travelling to the southeast, which has currently not been as badly affected by the severe cold.