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Relief for Gulf travellers as carriers restart flights to Heathrow

Emirates, Etihad say flights operating to schedule, British Airways warns of ongoing disruptions

Relief for Gulf travellers as carriers restart flights to Heathrow
STRANDED PASSENGERS: Emirates flights to Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow are departing as normal (AFP/Getty Images)

One
day after icy conditions forced the closure of London Heathrow, Gulf carriers
have restarted their operations to Europe’s busiest airport.

Two
Emirates flights left Dubai on Monday morning and are scheduled to land at
Heathrow less than an hour after their planned arrival times. The carrier has
another three departures to the airport scheduled for today.

Emirates
flights to Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow are departing
as normal, the carrier said in a statement, but warned passengers to check for
changes or delays to flights.

Abu
Dhabi carrier Etihad said its morning flights to London had departed on time,
and its afternoon flight from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow is on schedule to
leave at 1.30pm.

Passengers
that were diverted to Frankfurt on Saturday’s Abu Dhabi to London flight are
scheduled to fly into Manchester today, where they will be transferred to
London by coach.

An
additional flight to Manchester will operate at 2pm from Abu Dhabi with
passengers taken by coach to London.

British
Airways said it feared ongoing disruptions as London Heathrow gradually
returned to full operating capacity.

“We would urge customers
whose travel is not essential to please cancel their flight, in return for a
full refund, or to consider changing their flight to another date over the next
12 months,” the airline said.

“At Gatwick and London City, we are aiming to run as many flights as possible,
although there is a reduced operation as a result of the weather disruption.”

 

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