Storm Doris disrupts flights for 10,000 passengers

More than 10,000 airline passengers reportedly face travel disruption as Storm Doris forced the grounding of scores of flights today.

Services to and from Heathrow were cancelled or delayed as gusts of more than 50mph struck parts of southern England.

British Airways warned that short-haul services would be affected while Aer Lingus cancelled almost all flights between Ireland and the UK.

Flybe advised passengers to check the flight information page on its website for any schedule updates with a morning flight from Bristol to Jersey among those cancelled.

BA cancelled more than 40 flights to and from Heathrow. Domestic services to Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow and Belfast have been cancelled, with passengers rebooked on other flights.

Two cancellations have been made to both Aberdeen and Amsterdam, together with the return flights.

BA has also been forced to cancel some flights to Italy due to a strike by airport workers in the country.

A dozen Aer Lingus flights have been dropped due to Storm Doris, including services from Heathrow to Dublin and Cork.

Flights from the Irish capital to Birmingham and Bristol have been grounded.

Lufthansa has cancelled a service from Frankfurt to Heathrow. Air France, KLM and SAS are also expected to cancel flights.

Heathrow said: “Strong winds and poor weather forecast for February 23, related to Storm Doris, are expected to cause some flight delays and cancellations across the UK.

“If you are due to travel, please check your flight status with your airline prior to arriving at the airport.”

BA said: “Storm Doris will affect some of our short-haul and domestic flights on Thursday as it moves across the UK and into northern Europe.

“Due to the poor weather forecast, it has been agreed between Heathrow Airport, National Air Traffic Services and airlines using the airport to slightly reduce the number of overall flights in the schedule.

“For safety reasons Nats has to allow greater space between landing aircraft in high winds and this has resulted in a reduced number of aircraft being allowed to land each hour at Heathrow.

“The safety of our customers and colleagues is always our top priority and we expect at times that the winds may be too strong to safely operate ground equipment at some UK airports especially in Scotland and northern England.

“We are sorry for any resulting delays in getting baggage to and from the aircraft which occur due to the high winds.

“We will do all we can to minimise the effect the storm has on our operations and will use larger aircraft where possible to help affected customers on any cancelled services get to their destinations on alternative flights.”

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