British Airways Cancels 160 Heathrow Flights

December 20, 2006

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British Airways said it had been forced to cancel 160 of its 400 short-haul flights to and from London's Heathrow Airport on Wednesday due to heavy fog that was expected to linger for another two days.

Domestic routes and flights between Heathrow and Europe were the worst hit, while BA said it had managed to operate its long-haul schedule despite some lengthy delays.

Some 18 flights from London's Gatwick Airport were also cancelled, it said.

"Flow rates have been at 50 percent of normal capacity throughout the morning and this has affected all carriers at the airport," BA said in a statement.

"It's thick fog and it is causing lots of problems," a spokesman said.

The airline said it expected the fog to last until Friday and asked travellers with flights from Heathrow not to travel to the airport.

"There are likely to be severe delays and possibly cancellations to many British Airways short-haul and domestic services to and from London Heathrow for at least the next 48 hours," it said.

"Customers who were due to travel on any cancelled service are able to rebook, re-route their ticket (subject to availability) or claim a full refund," BA said.

(Reuters)