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Bad weather grounds British Airways flights at Heathrow Airport

 There was no easing of the woes for British Airways passengers yesterday as the airline was forced to cancel scores more flights. The problems originally kicked in early on Sunday when worse than forecast weather covered Heathrow Airport and its runways with ice and snow.

The UK’s national carrier pulled the plug on more than 100 flights on Sunday. Airline industry sources claim BA was also forced into cancelling a similar amount of flights yesterday and this was at 18:00 so the tally was probably even higher later on in the evening.

Heathrow is BA’s operational centre. Flights to and from destinations all over the world were affected by the cancellations. These included services between Heathrow and Rio de Janeiro, New York, Beijing, Rome, Berlin, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

The chaos has left British Airways passengers counting their lucky stars if they were only 24 hours late arriving at their destinations. One person awaiting incoming passengers from Italy said they were supposed to fly on Sunday and this was pushed back to Tuesday. Then they were told they had to get to the airport within one hour yesterday.

A passenger transiting at Heathrow said his inbound flight from Dubai was five hours late leaving and then delayed on arrival while waiting for a landing gate. This passenger claimed the queues in the Arrivals hall were miles long and there were no BA staff giving updates as to what was happening. He said he had given up on trying to get a connecting flight to Scotland and would be taking the train.

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