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Flights cancelled in anticipation of Storm Doris

24 February 2017 08:05

Dozens of flights have been grounded by Storm Doris

Dozens of flights have been grounded by Storm Doris

Heathrow airport has issued delay and cancellation warnings, after Storm Doris reached nearly 90mph on its way to batter Britain.

Dozens of flights into and out of London's largest airport are expected to be affected, and Heathrow's official Twitter account has put out a warning to passengers to check their flights before travelling.

A Heathrow spokesman said: "Strong winds and poor weather across the UK have resulted in approximately a 10% reduction to Heathrow's flight schedule.

"With Heathrow operating at more than 99% capacity, there are no gaps in the schedule that can be used for delayed flights and as a result, some passengers may experience disruption to their journeys today."

Scores of flights cancelled

British Airways (BA) has cancelled more than 50 domestic flights between Heathrow and Manchester, Leeds-Bradford, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow and Belfast.

BA has also axed dozens of flights between the UK and the rest of Europe.

Flights between the UK and the Republic of Ireland are also likely to be affected, with Aer Lingus grounding 12 flights between the destinations as Storm Doris comes into land.

Lufthansa and Eurowings have grounded several services between Heathrow and Germany, while KLM flights between the UK and Amsterdam have also been forced to cancel due to the stormy weather.

Anyone planning a trip should take out trusted travel insurance to cover unexpected changes in their plans.

Destructive Doris

According to the Met Office, Doris is likely to damage buildings and send debris flying when it sets in on February 23.

Since Storm Doris hit, Britain has been battered by high-speed gales and Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: "Winds are really starting to pick up now, mainly across western parts of the country."

Snow is also on the horizon with treacherous, blizzard-like conditions being expected in north-east England and parts of Scotland.

Over the weekend and into next week, further Atlantic gusts will bring more rain and wind although they are not expected to reach the heights of Doris.