Snow UK - How is this affecting your travel plans?

Snow and ice have hit the UK causing schools to close, traffic to come to a standstill and flights to be cancelled. According to the Met Office, temperatures in the UK have plummeted to the lowest in seven years. An amber weather warning was issued last night as heavy snow hit many parts of Southern England and Wales, causing disruption to many.

For those wanting to escape the office for a ‘snow day’, they are in luck - it is pretty tempting to stay at home, but what if you are scheduled to go away on holiday for a much-needed break?

Some of the regional airports have been closed overnight, this included Bournemouth Airport which has reopened this morning and Bristol Airport which is currently closed whilst workers attempt to clear the runway.

Over at the UK’s busiest airport – Heathrow, there have been 90 British Airways flights cancelled. In a statement, a spokesman for the airline said: “We recognise the uncertainty that the bad weather may be causing customers and have offered those due to travel on short-haul flights to/from Heathrow the opportunity to postpone their journey.

“Due to the adverse weather conditions predicted, we have been forced to cancel and merge a number of short-haul flights today to ensure that we protect the rest of our schedule.“

In addition, a spokesperson for the airport said:

“To ensure our passengers and colleagues are travelling safely this winter, Heathrow is continuing to closely monitor and prepare for cold weather conditions forecast for the UK.

“Those travelling via Heathrow are encouraged to contact their airline for up to date flight information.”

Newquay airport also remains closed and they will provide an update on a potential re-opening later on this morning.

Some airports such as Southampton and Manchester are running as normal, but we strongly recommend allowing extra time to travel to the airport.  Both Cardiff Airport and Belfast Airport have warned that some flights will be delayed or cancelled. Please check with the airline or your Personal Not Just Travel consultant for further information.

The Met Office have warned that both rail and road journeys will be disrupted due to the cold weather. There have been some cancellations and delays on the London Overground, but travellers have been advised that they can use the bus or the Underground via ‘reasonable routes.

If you are travelling a long distance, follow the advice from the RAC to ensure that you are prepared. This includes planning your journey in advance, fully clearing your windscreen (it is illegal to drive with snow on car) checking your screen washer and tyres and that your wipers work. It is always recommended that you carry with you a warm blanket, a phone charger, bottled water, a flask of tea or coffee and some good.

Please stay up-to-date with your local weather forecast and leave additional time for your journey to the airport. Check with your airline for latest flight information.

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