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London flight disrupted as snow closes UK airport

Bermuda passengers bound for London on British Airways yesterday had their flight delayed for several hours because of heavy snowfall in the UK.

A flight into Bermuda from Gatwick Airport was cancelled yesterday after the facility was closed by the weather.

LF Wade International general manager Aaron Adderly said British Airways arranged for an empty plane to fly from Heathrow to the Island to ensure passengers were able to travel to the UK as scheduled.

Due to continued bad weather the flight was repeatedly delayed. It began its return flight from Bermuda last night at 10.55pm.

According to the Gatwick Airport website, the runway was scheduled to stay closed until 10 this morning due to severe weather conditions.

A statement on the site reads: “There will be significant disruption, delays and cancellations [Thursday] and passengers should not set out for the airport before checking with their airline for the latest information.”

More than 15cm of snow fell in some areas, which caused the closure of 4,000 schools and several UK airports, including London Gatwick and Edinburgh.

Temperatures fell to around 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit in the Scottish highlands, while iced roads caused traffic gridlock throughout the nation.

Forecasts suggest the weather could get worse before it gets better, with another 10cm of snow possible overnight. Temperatures in the South East UK were predicted to hover around freezing level today.

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Picture AP No go: Planes covered in snow at London Gatwick Airport yesterday. The airport was closed because of the adverse weather. British Airways flew an empty passenger plane from London Heathrow airport to Bermuda yesterday evening so that it could pick up passengers flying overnight from the Island back to the UK.

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Published December 02, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 10, 2010 at 3:40 am)

London flight disrupted as snow closes UK airport

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