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Fog causes upset for holidaymakers

31 July 2008 16:13

Fog causes upset for holidaymakers

Holidaymakers heading overseas for Christmas are being urged to double check their travel insurance after delays to flights at the busiest day of the year are causing problems.

Fog has caused severe delays at London Gatwick and Southampton airports, with thousands of passengers being forced to wait at terminals for their flights to take off.

And with airports already running at full capacity because of the festive period, queues and delays are likely to stack up and get even worse today (Christmas Eve), experts say.

Some 600,000 passengers are expected to pass through Gatwick, while Stansted is likely to cope with 360,000 travellers.

London Heathrow, the world's busiest airport, is expecting to handle some 1.2 million passengers between December 21st and January 2nd.

An airport spokesman for Heathrow said: "Our message to passengers is to check with your airline in advance."

At Gatwick yesterday ten British Airways flights and five easyJet flights were cancelled, with many more delayed.