SNOW CLEARED BUT BACKLOG MEANS MORE DELAYS AT HEATHROW

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 23, 2010 14:50

SNOW CLEARED BUT BACKLOG MEANS MORE DELAYS AT HEATHROW

Although the snow has been cleared and both runways are operating at London Heathrow, British Airways is struggling to clear the backlog of flights following four days of disruption.

The problem has been further compounded for BA as its timetable has been built around earlier advise from BAA that only one-third of flights would be leaving Heathrow until tomorrow morning; while in fact the airport is operating at 70% capacity.

“It takes some time to rebuild an operation of our size and complexity at very short notice,” British Airways said in a statement.

BA has advised passengers to avoid travelling to Heathrow unless they have confirmation that their flight will operate. The airline is increasing capacity on short-haul routes tomorrow and Christmas Eve by operating wide-body planes where possible.

Virgin Atlantic Airways operated 60% percent of its usual flights yesterday but it too has warned it will take time to clear the backlog of flights.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 23, 2010 14:50
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