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Snow and ice still affecting Heathrow Airport

Around 130 flights have been cancelled today, as bad weather continues to disrupt travel. The flights have been cancelled in order to allow more space between aircraft due to low visibility.

Around 250 flights were cancelled on Sunday in an attempt to keep operations running smoothly. According to a Heathrow spokesperson, Heathrow  Airport is "fully operational with all runways, taxiways and stands clear.”

“The schedule for today has been reduced by 10% in order to cope with the low visibility conditions expected from 1600 this afternoon. Low visibility means that, for safety reasons, there needs to be a bigger gap between aircraft. Because Heathrow runs at almost 100% capacity there is no slack in the system and flights unfortunately have to be cancelled. Further cancellations are inevitable given the adverse weather conditions at other airports around Europe.”

In order to cope with the recent disruptions to travel, Heathrow has brought in over 200 additional customer services staff to assist passengers coming through the airport. Heathrow is advising that all passengers due to travel today check the status of their flights before making their way to the airport.

Other airports in the UK are said to be running as smoothly as possible with Gatwick stating it was ‘operating as normal’ but that delays should be expected. Stansted airport has said it is ‘open and operational’ but that passengers flying with Ryanair should check their flights as some are expected to be cancelled today.

Elsewhere, East Midland Airport has one runway closed but is expected to open it later today and London City Airport has re-opened its runway after closing it this morning.

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