Heathrow Airport – Thick Fog Delays

Flights in and out of London’s airports have been hit by major delays and cancellations as a blanket of thick fog descended on the capital.

Londoners awoke on Saturday to mist and thick fog which has sparked severe travel disruption at the capital’s airports on one of the busiest days for passengers in the winter as people head off on Christmas getaways.

Scores of flights at Heathrow and London City Airport have been grounded, diverted or cancelled with planes also held up at Gatwick.

Bosses at City Airport described the fog as “significant” as they urged travellers to check journeys with their airlines.

Airport Staff in Pre-Christmas Strike

Check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo crew at UK airports are planning a 48-hour strike from 23 December

The union said more than 1,500 workers at Swissport, the world’s largest ground and cargo handler, would walk out following a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

Unite said the action, which will hit Christmas travel, was “a last resort”.

Swissport said it was making plans to “minimise disruption” to passengers.

It is unclear exactly how many airports will be affected, but airlines at Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, Newcastle, Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester airports all employ Swissport staff.

Hand-luggage only

A spokesman for MAG, owners of Manchester, Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports, said: “We are aware of this potential action and are contacting the airlines which use Swissport to understand their contingency plans to minimise any disruption were the strikes to go ahead.”

A spokesman for airline Ryanair said: “All of our flights to and from the UK are scheduled to operate as normal.

“Should this action proceed, our flights may operate with hand-luggage only and we will update customers accordingly.”