Chaos at Heathrow as 250 flights to be cancelled today

Chaos at Heathrow as 250 flights to be cancelled today

Passengers at Heathrow Airport face even more delays today, as around 20 per cent of flights - around 250 in total - are expected to be cancelled as more snow falls.

BBC News reports that BA, Air France, Aer Lingus, Lufthansa and TAP Portugal flights have been affected as the accumulation of snow and poor visibility creates problems.

A Heathrow spokesman told BBC News that there was a "high probability of around 2-6cm of accumulating snow and low visibility at periods throughout the day."

They added: "This will reduce capacity of the airport and without action would cause significant disruption to passengers and flights."

More than 400 flights were cancelled at Heathrow on Friday and a further 100 were cancelled yesterday.

The Express reports that the airport was described as resembling a "refugee camp" yesterday morning, as stranded passengers were forced to sleep on terminal floors.

Other passengers were held on a plane for six hours awaiting take off, before being told that their flight had been cancelled.

According to The Mirror, some passengers spent up to 12 hours in queues. The delays have caused chaos all over Europe and affected connecting flights all over the world.

Arguments were breaking out over blankets and food, and nearby hotels were charging up to £600 per night for rooms.

So far Gatwick Airport has fared better, with just 50 flights cancelled on Friday, despite being hit by an inch more snow than Heathrow.

The Daily Mail reports that this is because it had boosted its snow-clearing capabilities after studying methods used at Scandinavian airports.

However a spokesman for LHR Airports, which owns Heathrow, told the Daily Mail that it is unfair to compare the two airports as Heathrow has a much larger area to clear and has to deal with more aircraft.

Passengers are urged to check the status of their flights online before heading to Heathrow.

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Like Cinderella, Les Menuires is often overlooked in favour of its bolder, brasher Trois Vallees sister resorts, Courchevel and Meribel. But it's actually a great little resort, particularly for families, with plenty of nursery slopes and beginner facilities in the village, at more affordable prices. Apartments in Les Menuires start from €105 per person, per week. powderwhite.com.

Check this living room out! It could be the interior of a Russian oligarch's swish ski pad, but in fact it's a rather nifty, and pleasantly inexpensive youth hostel. Right opposite the mountain cable car and a five-minute walk from the Scuol-Tarasp Railway Station, it's perfectly positioned for the slopes. Scuol Hostel has double, single, family and dorm rooms. Prices from £40.70 per night in a six-bed room with shower in the hall, breakfast, free WiFi and an open fire. Visit hihostels.com

If you're not just skiing to be seen, consider Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania. Not quite as glamorous as some of the better known resorts, they are considerably cheaper (pints for €1), have great snow and a friendly, unpretentious vibe. Stay in a two-bed, self-catering apartment at the 3* The Castle, Pamporovo in Bulgaria from £240 per person, including flights from London Gatwick to Sofia. Visit Balkan Holidays

Flights alone mean skiing in North America can't really be considered a budget option, but if you really want to experience North America's best ski resort, Whistler, and still save some dollars, a motorhome is a very reasonable, not to mention cool, way to stay. The RV campsite at Whistler is fully serviced and Maxi Motorhomes sleep four, with a kitchen and bathroom. An RV for a week plus a week's stay at the Whistler campsite costs £193 pp (based on 4 people sharing) - which works out at less than £28 pp per night. Visit Frontier Travel

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This pretty, private 16th century farmhouse in the Slovenian mountains has been converted into two luxury apartments, sleeping 1-5 and 1-6. Cerkno, Slovenia's most modern ski resort, is 15 miles away and has pistes and cross-country trails perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers. Prices start at just 75 euros per night for each apartment. EasyJet flies to Slovenia from London Stansted. Visit ownersdirect.co.uk

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