Hundreds of flights have been cancelled following Storm Eunice weather warnings issued by the Met Office – with diversions now under way.
British Airways alone has cancelled at least 80 flights to and from London airports: 44 serving Heathrow, 36 at London City.
All the cancellations so far are domestic and European. Several other airlines have cancelled some flights in and out of Heathrow, including Aer Lingus from Cork and Dublin, Swiss from Zurich, Lufthansa from Frankfurt and KLM from Amsterdam.
British Airways isn’t the only airline to be cancelling flights as a result of Storm Eunice’s disruption.
Loganair has also cancelled over 30 domestic flights including routes from Manchester, Aberdeen, Liverpool and the Isle of Man.
The airline issued a statement on its website in which it said it would contact all affected customers and published a full list of its flight cancellations, adding that if passengers’ flights are not on the list, they are planned to operate as normal, although it warned passengers to continue to check their flight status before travelling to the airport.
Other airlines including TUI and Jet2 have also been warning passengers that there could be disruptions to their flight schedules.
TUI issued a statement last night which read: “We are aware of Storm Eunice that is due to hit the UK tomorrow 18 February 2022. We’re closely monitoring the situation and would advise customers to allow extra journey time to the airport in case of any disruption to roads and rail networks. Customers can check their flight status from the TUI website or the home page of their departure airport.”
Meanwhile a number of flights from Birmingham Airport have been cancelled to destinations including Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich and Frankfurt, as reported by BirminghamMail.
If you’re due to travel and your flight is delayed by more than two hours, your airline has a legal duty to provide you with two free phone calls/emails/faxes, meals and refreshments, and provide free hotel accommodation if an overnight stay is required.
Unfortunately you’re unlikely to receive compensation for a delayed or cancelled flight, as airlines aren’t required to pay out when cancellations are caused by severe weather.
A number of airlines will likely offer refunds and rebookings – if you’re due to travel, check your flight status before heading to the airport.