British Airways Flight Status: Still UncertainBy Madhusmita, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (GaeaTimes.com)- Heavy snow and bad weather in Europe has led to the cancellation of hundreds of flight services in British Airways. BAA chief executive Colin Matthews has admitted that there is no chance of improvement of the status before Christmas. Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport and many other airports’ flights have been canceled because of the heavy snow fall.
Airport officials said that the basic problem is that once the runway is cleared, snowfall again covers the whole area and as a result it is impossible for the flights to take off. Heathrow Airport officials reported that one third of the scheduled flights might operate on Tuesday. Gatwick Airport’s officials reported that though it opened on Tuesday, 32 flights have been canceled because of the weather condition. British Airways flight status might improve after Christmas but for now all the festive plans of the travelers are tattered. Not only flights, trains have also been canceled across the city. Mary Walsh, the spokesperson of Eurostar train travel stated that due to bad weather, the authorities are not able to operate the scheduled trains.
Head of the airports authority BAA, Colin Matthews, asked apology from all the passengers and said that he has “underestimated” the difficulties as he thought many flights would be able to take off but in reality he failed to meet the expectation of the passengers. Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary said that owing to the bad weather status, the passengers might not reach their destination this week. The local media reported that near about six hundred flights of British Airways are expected to fly from some of the local airports and around 100,000 passengers are likely to travel in the flights.
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