Winter weather is again hitting London this week and airlines are required to reduce the number of operations at the Heathrow airport on December 29, 2017.
British Airways has already canceled small number of European rotations and other airlines are likely forced to do the same. Travelers can expect arrival and departures delays on flights that are operating.
You can access BA’s web page for the Friday weather announcement here:
Poor weather across parts of the UK – Friday 29 December
High winds across the London area as well as poor weather in other parts of the UK and Europe will affect some of our short-haul and domestic flights on Friday 29 December.
Due to the poor weather forecast, it has been agreed in advance between Heathrow Airport, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and airlines using the airport to slightly reduce the number of short haul flights in the schedule.
For safety reasons, NATS has to allow greater space between landing aircraft in high winds and this has resulted in a reduced number of aircraft being allowed to land each hour at Heathrow for most of Friday 29 December.
We are sorry that the weather is likely to lead to some delays and disruption to our schedules. We will be doing all we can to minimise the effect the high winds have on our operations and will use larger aircraft where possible to help affected customers on any cancelled services get to their destinations on alternative flights.
There have been quite a few weather related cancellations in London area airports over the past month or so. The issue really is that there is no slack in the system especially at the Heathrow when the adverse weather hits.
You have to keep in mind that the Duty to Care applies per EC 261/2004 even when the cancellation reason is weather meaning that the airline needs to rebook the affected passengers to their final destinations at the earliest opportunity and provide accommodation (in case of long delays) and food.