Heavy snow, high winds wreak havoc across Europe

Birmingham Airport has been ground to a halt

Passengers are advised to contact their airline.

Although Heathrow remained open throughout the day, around 150 inbound and outbound flights were cancelled - partly because of a reduction in the arrivals rate stipulated by air-traffic controllers, and partly due to delays in de-icing. Heavy rain overnight and snowfall this morning, combined with a reduction in the number of flights able to land at Heathrow have caused disruption to our flight schedule.

Wintry conditions impacted many parts of England yesterday, with airports continuing to have a knock on effect today.

Aberdeen flights from Bristol, Heathrow and Amsterdam have also been cancelled.

"We're very sorry that some of our customers" travel plans have been affected by heavy snowfall being experienced across the United Kingdom and Europe, ' a British Airways spokesman said.

The Twitter account of British Airways, believed to be the worst affected airline, received a deluge of messages from customers unhappy about long waits but also no response on their customer service phone line.

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Dozens of passengers have tweeted from the runway, where they are sat on planes that are severely delayed.

Luton Airport and Cardiff Airport has also warned customers to be prepared for delays or cancellations.

Flights have been suspended at Birmingham Airport while the runway is cleared, leaving passengers facing delays, while a north-bound section of the M1 has been closed in Leicestershire due to numerous vehicles being stranded. "As soon as it's safe we'll start operations again".

CrossCountry passengers battled with a previously announced strike as well as a landslide between Birmingham and Bristol.

About 50,000 homes were still without power in France on Monday evening as storms that caused a ferry to run aground in Calais on Sunday continued to sweep the centre and west of the country.

With a frost forecast for large parts of Britain for Monday, travellers face further problems.

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