By Ed Attwood
Emirates, Etihad say flights operating to schedule, British Airways warns of ongoing disruptions
day after icy conditions forced the closure of London Heathrow, Gulf carriers
have restarted their operations to Europe’s busiest airport.
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.
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.
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.
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.
additional flight to Manchester will operate at 2pm from Abu Dhabi with
passengers taken by coach to London.
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.”