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Half of flights axed as sky clears

07 February 2012 12:23

Passengers at Heathrow Airport face delays due to the weather

Passengers at Heathrow Airport face delays due to the weather

Airline passengers were left stunned after half of all flights from Heathrow were axed despite dry weather being forecast following a nationwide blanket of snow.

The decision to ground planes at the UK's busiest airport for the second consecutive day came as wintry showers ceased across the country.

The airport saw scenes of confusion and frustration as passengers faced a night sleeping on terminal floors. And those without comprehensive travel insurance faced the greatest worries.

Up to 16cm of snow had previously settled across Britain - but as it melted away and runways were cleared, only 50% of 1,300 scheduled flights went ahead.

A Heathrow spokesman said the decision was designed to minimise disruption in the face of possible freezing fog. However, forecasters said the airport was unlikely to experience particularly bad conditions.