By Humphrey Carter

THE fall out of the heavy snow in the UK was felt here in the Balearics yesterday with air travel thrown into chaos by the arctic weather gripping Britain.

At 5pm yesterday afternoon, five airports remained closed - Blackpool, Exeter, Plymouth, Newcastle and Gatwick had suspended all flights.
More than 240 flights were cancelled at Gatwick alone.

Luton was expecting to reopen at 5.30pm while Southampton, Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham airports had all reopened, as has the Robin Hood Airport for Doncaster and Sheffield earlier in the afternoon but passengers on in and out bound flights were being warned of delays and advised to check with their airlines before heading to the airport.

Heathrow was open but expecting snow and issued a warning of possible disruption later in the day.
Passengers stranded at Stansted Airport, north of London, were forced to wait up to three hours for information on their cancelled flights.
The Ryanair desk was swamped by people wanting to speak to someone.
According to reports, 20 flights were cancelled at the airport and a similar number diverted. easyJet was forced to cancel more than 250 flights and a host of other carriers were hit by airport closures.
Air passengers flying into the UK from the Balearics were also faced with road and rail chaos on arrival and the forecast is for the big freeze to continue into next week with further snow forecast over the next 24 hours.

Any one booked to fly to Britain over the coming days is being advised to consult their carriers.


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