Heavy snow, high winds wreak havoc across Europe

At the west London airport, passengers complained of being trapped on a British Airways plane on the ground for more than four hours with no information from the airline.

A number of flights across the United Kingdom have been cancelled today as a result of the heavy snow felt across much of the United Kingdom this weekend. All local authority-run schools in the central city of Birmingham have also been shut.

While the snow was worst in parts of Wales and the Midlands, the biggest effect was felt in South East England - and in particular at Heathrow airport, the busiest in Europe.

It has reportedly cancelled 24 long-haul flights as well as dozens of shorter flights.

In a statement today, British Airways said: " Heathrow is continuing to experience severe adverse weather conditions.

Dozens of flights were cancelled in the United Kingdom on Monday due to heavy snowfall, which also disrupted other transport and led to closure of schools.

"We're very sorry that some of our customers" travel plans have been affected by heavy snowfall being experienced across the United Kingdom and Europe, ' a British Airways spokesman said.

Heathrow flights and those to and from Luton Airport faced delays due to poor weather conditions.

Scotland's Edinburgh airport also cancelled seven flights while Manchester reported that 13 flights were called off.

A Heathrow spokesperson said: 'Weather across the United Kingdom and Europe is resulting in some passengers experiencing disruption to their journeys.

Glasgow and Aberdeen Airports were also reporting cancellations to several flights heading to England and Amsterdam.

BA added: "Safety is always our priority, and as temperatures remain low, we are having to de-ice every individual aircraft before it departs".

The unluckiest passengers were around 300 people aboard a TUI Airways flight from Barbados to Birmingham that was due to land at around 4am on Sunday. "As soon as it's safe we'll start operations again". "We apologise to those affected by today's weather".


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