Heathrow Airport experienced its coldest night since December 2010 – and the coldest January night since 1987 – as temperatures fell to -8.4C (16.8F) on January 23rd. Slippery and icy runway conditions led carriers to cancel or delay landings and departures to and from the airport. British Airways was one of the early affected carriers, with roughly 80 flights canceled owing to the icy weather conditions.
A British Airways spokesman said: “Like other airlines, our schedule has been affected by the continued freezing fog weather conditions experienced across London”.
“We’ve apologized to customers whose flights have been affected and are doing everything we can to get them on their way as quickly as possible, We advise customers to check the website for the latest flight information.”
A Heathrow spokesman said poor visibility resulted in “minor changes” to the flight schedule.
“While there may be minor changes to today’s schedule as a result of the weather, we want to reassure passengers that our colleagues are working in close collaboration with our airline and air traffic control partners to get them safely away on their journeys as quickly as possible.
“We encourage passengers to check with their airline for the latest information.”
Temperatures in London were not forecast to rise over 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit) later in the day, but they might reach 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) by mid-afternoon in Northern Ireland. It comes after an extraordinarily chilly week in which temperatures dropped below freezing in areas of the UK.