Europe Airports Aim to Resume Operations Saturday

An ambulance drives through the snow in Tunbridge Wells, southern England, following heavy overnight snowfall which has caused disruption across Britain.
An ambulance drives through the snow in Tunbridge Wells, southern England, following heavy overnight snowfall which has caused disruption across Britain. // Photo by Philip Toscano/PA Wire/PA via AP, Newscred

Some airports have begun to reopen, but significant travel disruptions remain due to a winter storm that has been lashing the UK, Ireland and parts of Europe this week.

In Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are both open today, with Glasgow reporting that the snowfall thus far has been the largest in its history. A number of flight cancellations and delays remain, however, and travelers are being advised not to travel to the airport before checking with their airline to ensure that their flight is still scheduled.

Dublin Airport remains closed, with plans to resume services early Saturday morning. Ryanair says that it is planning to return to full operations at Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Knock and Shannon airports that morning. Aer Lingus reports that all of its operations scheduled to arrive or depart from Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Belfast have been cancelled for Friday. The airline currently plans to operate the majority of its eastbound transatlantic service, but that remains subject to change. Aer Lingus plans for a return to full operations Saturday.  

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Additional flight cancellations and delays are being reported at London’s Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick and City airports, as well as at Manchester and Amsterdam’s Schiphol airports. Heathrow Express services are departing three times per hour today due to the adverse weather conditions.

Travel Waivers

American Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to fly through London Gatwick and London Heathrow through March 4 to rebook through March 21 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).

Delta is allowing customers set to fly through March 4 to rebook through March 12, with the new ticket to be reissued on or before March 9.

United Airlines is allowing customers set to fly through March 4 to rebook through March 12, in the originally ticketed cabin and between the same city pair.

British Airways warns that it is expecting adverse weather conditions through Friday. As a result, it has introduced more flexible rebooking options for customers on shot-haul flights to or from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports. Customers who are scheduled to travel through those airports through Friday can rebook through March 21, subject to availability.

Customers on Ryanair can check the status of their flight here.

Travelers on Aer Lingus can check the status of their flight here.

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