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Flights disrupted to snowed-in Heathrow

All flights from Delhi to Heathrow airport were disrupted on Sunday due to bad weather conditions in London. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Dec 20, 2010 00:40 IST

All flights from Delhi to Heathrow airport were disrupted on Sunday due to bad weather conditions in London.

London’s Heathrow airport was shut and its runways were closed due to heavy snowfall from Saturday. All international arrivals were cancelled as the airport authorities tried to clear the ice formed overnight.

Air India cancelled its Delhi-London flights AI-115 and AI-111 at Indira Gandhi International Airport. A December 18 Air India flight, AI-111, was diverted to Paris and is scheduled to land at Heathrow airport subject to opening of the airport.

All other west-bound fights of Air India to destinations in the US, Canada and Europe are operating according to normal schedule, the airline said.

Jet airways also cancelled all its flights to and from London with flight 9W 122 from Delhi on December 18 being diverted to Brussels, Belgium, because of the closure of Heathrow airport.

“Guests are being rerouted by all modes of transport available to London,” said an airline spokesman. “Jet Airways is awaiting reopening of the London Heathrow Airport to operate extra flight from Brussels to London.”

Jet Airways is planning to operate additional flights from London to India to clear the stranded passengers once the airport opens.

Kingfisher airlines cancelled its flights IT-001 Delhi to London Heathrow and IT-002 London Heathrow to Delhi for both Sunday and Monday.

“Kingfisher Airlines will waive all cancellation charges on all confirmed tickets issued for travel on above mentioned flights,” an airline spokesman said. “Re-booking will be permitted at no additional charge for a period of 14 days from their original date.”

The airline call centres have been buzzing with queries from passengers. “As we are experiencing high volume of calls at our call centre, passengers may have to wait a little longer to get the information,” the Kingfisher spokesman said.