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Travel disruption continues after Storm Ciara


Published on Monday, February 10, 2020

British Airways has drafted in extra staff to deal with the knock-on disruption from Storm Ciara which hit the UK over the weekend. 

The disruption was made worse this morning after a technical fault with its bag drop at Gatwick South Terminal caused long queues.

BA is advising customers due to travel today and tomorrow to check its website for the latest information about their journeys.

It apologised for the disruption to its services and said it had worked hard to secure hotel accommodation for passengers with cancelled flights but ‘due to high demand’ it might not be able to provide overnight stays for all those affected.

Storm Ciara, the most intense storm since 2013, brought winds of up to 80mph and heavy rain and affected flights, ferry and rail services.

Yellow weather warnings for snow, ice and wind are in force for large parts of the country today.

Nearly 200 flights in and out of Europe were cancelled or delayed, including dozens to and from UK airports. Flights further afield out of the UK are also being disrupted.

Ryanair also warned of further disruption in an update this morning.

Brittany Ferries has cancelled a number of sailings today, or has changed departure times and switched to different ports.

London’s Royal Parks, including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Regent’s Park, were all closed yesterday. Safety checks were carried out this morning and most are expected to re-open at some point today, although Richmond and Bushy parks will remain closed.

Many rail firms are operating reduced timetables, including the Stansted and Heathrow Express services, with Network Rail and train operators telling people yesterday to travel only if ‘absolutely necessary’.

 

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