Snowfall wreaks havoc at UK airports with more flight delays expected

By Harry Kemble
10/03/2023
Home » Snowfall wreaks havoc at UK airports with more flight delays expected

UK airports have issued travel warnings to passengers about flight disruption and some have temporarily closed their runways as Storm Larisa batters parts of the country today.

Leeds Bradford Airport was badly affected by heavy snowfall, with several flights either being delayed or cancelled this morning.

Footage shared by passengers on social media showed snowfall across the airport.

Leeds Bradford said weather conditions had caused disruption to flight schedules, but confirmed the airport was still open, and said it is working with airlines to ensure passengers could travel safely.

Birmingham Airport and East Midlands Airport were forced to close their runways this morning to clear snow, but have since reopened them.

Just after 7am, Birmingham Airport tweeted that the runway would be closed for an hour for snow clearing.

East Midlands Airport, meanwhile, wrote: “Following a temporary closure due to heavy snowfall overnight, we are pleased to confirm our runway has reopened.

“Operations are back to normal but there may be some delays due to the earlier closure.”

Liverpool John Lennon Airport tweeted: “We have experienced disruption this morning due to snowfall, but we are currently open and remain operational. Please check with your airline for up-to-date information.”

The airport said teams have been clearing snow so flights could go ahead as scheduled.

Confirming flight delays were expected, Belfast International Airport tweeted: “If you are due to travel today please check your flight status with your airline or visit our flight information page.”

Jet2 said it is continuing to monitor the weather situation, while Ryanair confirmed it is expecting flight delays.

The Met Office has issued amber warnings for northern England, the Midlands, north Wales and Northern Ireland, where ‘significant disruption’ to transport and power supplies is expected.

It confirmed France’s weather agency had named the strongest winds ‘Storm Larisa’.

Pictured: Teams work to clear snow at Birmingham Airport on Friday (10 March)

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