Snow latest: Heathrow open, most flights to operate

Heathrow is open and most flights will operate today, according to the airport’s operator BAA.

But after a week of snow and ice across the UK, passengers are still being advised to contact their airline to confirm their flight is operating before they leave for the airport.

The passenger backlog is expected to ease today after thousands were stranded due to snow and ice since the weekend.

Efforts to return schedules to normal came as BAA chief executive Colin Matthews announced he would forgo his annual bonus.

“I have decided to give up my bonus for the current year. My focus is on keeping people moving and rebuilding confidence in Heathrow,” he said

BAA would not reveal how much his bonus was.

“We are extremely sorry for the disruption to your journey as we work to return to a normal schedule,” the airports operator said.

The travel trade has heavily criticised BAA over its handling of the extreme weather conditions, with Abta’s Mark Tanzer and Travel Counsellors’ David Speakman among the industry leaders calling for an official inquiry.

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