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Snow disrupts Heathrow, Leeds Bradford, Humberside and Newcastle airport services

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Categories: Airlines Tags: UK snow, Heathrow snow
The snow and freezing temperatures continue to affect services from some UK airports, including Heathrow, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and Humberside.

Passengers with flights departing from Heathrow this week were advised to check whether the services were still running, as 200 routes were cancelled from the London hub today. Airport operators were said to managing to clear runways but were forced to reduce services due to the poor visibility at the site, as Heathrow experiences a predicted 11 hours of constant snowfall today. Some delays were also caused by cabin crew being unable to get to the airport to replace crews which were close to exceeding allowed working hours.

"We apologise for the disruption caused to passengers by the expected snow and low visibility," said Normand Boivin, COO at Heathrow. "Cancelling flights in advance of disruptive weather is a procedure used increasingly around the world, as it means the greatest number of passengers can fly with the minimum amount of disruption," he added.

BAA has invested £50 million in equipment to clear snow over the past two years, and said it was happy with this side of its operations.

The Met Office has warned of the certainty of severe cold weather in the UK this week, and predicted the snow would continue in some areas of the country until Tuesday. However, the temperatures look set to remain around freezing until later in the week, making road and rail travel to and from UK airports hazardous.

Airports around Europe may also be affected by poor weather, including Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna and Geneva.

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