Fog disrupts air travel across UK and northern Europe

2019-10-15 10:04:01


A blanket of fog covering the UK and northern is causing disruption at airports across the continent and threatens to persist for another 24 hours.

The gloom has triggered flight cancellations at airports in London, Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff, and the Met Office has issued a yellow warning of severe or hazardous weather for much of England and Wales. Airports in Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris are also affected.

Forecasters say the UK and northern Europe will see a third night of fog on Monday, which is likely to have further knock-on effects for air travel across the continent.

Eurocontrol, the pan-European air safety agency, had clocked more than 2,600 hours of delays across about 23,000 flights by midday on Monday, 95% of which were down to the inclement weather.

Heathrow, the third busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, said travellers should expect delays throughout Monday and Tuesday.

“Due to low visibility caused by heavy and persistent fog across the UK and Europe, passengers may experience disruption to their journey throughout today and tomorrow,” a spokeswoman for the airport said.

“Heathrow advises passengers to check their flight status with their airline before travelling to the airport. We are very sorry some passengers will have had their journeys disrupted.”

Heathrow cancelled more than 70 flights, , London City airport reported a “considerable number” of cancellations and Gatwick reported 15.

The Sky News presenter Eamonn Holmes was one of those stranded by the fog, and was unable to make it to London in time for the Sunrise television news programme at 6am.

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Foggy conditions extended across the south of the UK and northern France to the Netherlands and into parts of Denmark and the North Sea.

The Met Office issued yellow warnings for all nine English regions.

Emma Sharples, a Met Office meteorologist, said light winds and high pressure are dominating northern Europe, following heavy rain last week that has left the ground damp.

“Fog is like a cloud on the ground, and when you have cool air the moisture condenses,” she said. “Because there is light wind, it’s not being blown away.”

A Eurocontrol spokesman said there was significantly more disruption than usual to flights across Europe because of the conditions.

He said: “We have significant weather-related delays at a number of airports, Paris and Frankfurt, and a number across the UK. It’s an unusual situation to have such widespread low visibility for such a long period.”