Virgin Atlantic among cancelled flights due to extreme weather

05 March 2018 09:22

Flights were grounded amid the torrid conditions

Flights were grounded amid the torrid conditions

Virgin Atlantic is among the airlines affected by the blizzards hitting the UK.

The so-called "Beast from the East" has caused problems up and down the country between train and flight delays and cancellations.

Virgin Atlantic has cancelled more flights in the last two days, due to ice and snow on runways.

Alternative flights

On its website, Virgin Atlantic said: "As the poor weather moves across the UK, please make sure you check your flight status before travelling to the airport.

"Due to the weather at London Heathrow, we have agreed with the airport authority, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and other airlines to reduce the number of flights we have operating on 1st March.

"If your flight has been cancelled, please do not travel to the airport."

Passengers who have had their flights cancelled are being invited, however, to rebook their flight free of charge.

Extraordinary circumstances

On their flight disruption policy, Virgin Atlantic says that if a flight is cancelled within 14 days of departure, there are number of options for passengers affected, including a refund, rebooking onto the next possible flight, or choosing a new destination.

However, there is no entitlement to compensation if the flight is cancelled under "extraordinary conditions", which includes snow storms.

Virgin Atlantic isn't the only airline to be turning passengers onto later flights. British Airways has so far cancelled 93 flights due to the weather.

This week, 36 flights were cancelled on Monday, 42 on Tuesday and a further 26 on Wednesday.

Ryanair has also cancelled all flights from Leeds Bradford, East Midlands, Glasgow and Edinburgh since Storm Emma hit.

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