Snowstorm Halts Flights at Heathrow Airport

Snow falls briefly in London with many other parts of the country hit by the cold weather

The fragile state of Britain's infrastructure was emphasised by the fact that many passengers on cancelled flights from Heathrow and Stansted might not have reached the airport anyway due to severe disruption on London's Piccadilly Line and the Stansted Express.

Following the temporary closure of Birmingham Airport on Sunday due to snow, an Emirates Airline jet bound for Birmingham was forced instead to land at Manchester Airport. Media reports say that hundreds of United Kingdom schools will be closed on Monday.

Overall, more than 140 short-haul and 26 long-haul BA flights were cancelled.

British Airways said: "As a result of the forecast we have agreed with Heathrow Airport, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and other airlines to reduce our flight schedule from Heathrow on Monday December 11".

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CrossCountry passengers battled with a previously announced strike as well as a landslide between Birmingham and Bristol.

"Airlines are responsible for ensuring their flights are fully de-iced before they are operated, and this is resulting in some delays and cancellations", the Sunday statement of Heathrow Airport's press service said.

Eight flights have been cancelled at Newcastle Airport today.

. Germany and France were were also hit by snow, and flurries were even seen as far south as Venice in northern Italy.

Planes have been grounded at Heathrow as heavy snow across the United Kingdom causes travel chaos.

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While Belfast International Airport is clear of snow, the weather is causing disruption at other airports in the United Kingdom and further afield.

The temperature in some rural areas fell to minus 10 degrees Celsius, leading to power outages in parts of England, Wales and Scotland.

Hundreds of schools were closed in western England and north Wales on Monday, while much of the country was on a yellow weather warning for snow and ice.

Significant build-ups have been also reported in Leicestershire, Worcestershire and Bedfordshire, while snow has been falling heavily in Birmingham city centre.

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