Snow update: Severe weather continuing to disrupt travel across the UK & Europe

Added 21/12/2010

The severe weather conditions, including widespread snow and ice, is continuing to disrupt travel today and is likely to do so right up until Christmas. Airports across the country are still experiencing varying degrees of disruption; passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport.

Eurostar hasn’t escaped the weather, with passengers queuing for hours at St Pancras Station. Passengers are being advised to rebook and exchange their tickets for travel at a later date.

If you do need to get to the continent, a ferry could be your best option, with ferry operators currently operating without significant delays.

Major UK airport update as at 21 December

Heathrow further flight delays and cancellations are likely over the coming days and beyond. The airport is operating a reduced schedule until 06:00 on Wednesday, 22 December.

Gatwick’s runway is open and operations are returning to normal. Knock-on delays and cancellations are likely throughout the day.

Birmingham airport is open. However, adverse weather has caused some flight delays and some flights may be subject to cancellation, particularly if weather at the destination is causing disruption.

Stansted is open and operating as normal.

Newcastle is open though flights are subject to delays.

Aberdeen is currently experiencing cancellations and delays.

Edinburgh is open though flights are subject to delays and/or cancellations.

Glasgow is open and the runway is clear. Most flights are operating, however some airlines are experiencing cancellations or delays due to snow at other airports.

Manchester is open.

Dublin has resumed flight operations.

See full list of all UK airport websites for the latest information.

You can also get the latest updates on air travel across Europe from @eurocontrol on Twitter

Disruption to travel in Europe

Although it may seem that other countries are much more able to cope with these kinds of conditions than we are in the UK, this time we’re not the only ones who are suffering.

There is disruption to travel in parts of France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland.

There are problems on the roads in Northern France due to restrictions imposed on HGV Lorries.

Brussels airport will be closed until at least the morning of Wednesday 22 December due to a shortage of de-icing liquid.

If you are about to embark on a trip, check with your travel provider to ensure your chosen mode of transport is operating before you leave home.

It also a good idea to check the travel advice pages of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who are providing up to date information on the situation in other effected countries.

FCO — Travel Advice by country.