|Snow cleared on the ground, but ice on the wings...|
As the UK's army of gritter trucks swings into action. Heathrow, the London airport, said it was preparing to cancel flights in advance of any snowfall, and that the decision would be made later on Sunday January 13th. Politicians have been jumping up and down, at the decision, but if they thought the process through, the operational rationale, is in fact sound, writes travel expert Julian Bray
Signposting flight cancellations before a regional and runway snow dump, gives a clear advance warning before passengers start travel to the airport, reduces bunching of passengers with no flights in prospect and airlines more time to rebook their clients onto other flights. It also reduces the amount of aircraft repositioning which any prolonged snow episode will cause; needlessly burning millions of litres of aviation fuel with no fare passengers on board or cargo in the hold... It will also have a knock on effect for supermarket air freight - retail food prices suddenly upwards. The shopping public have been duly warned.
Some 5 inches of snow, in parts of Britain will fall on Monday, commuters already warned to expect rush hour and return travel disruption right from the start of the week. Heathrow temperatures will drop to below freezing on Monday, but in rural areas a few degrees colder A heavier dump between 2-5 inches is expected over central England and eastern England on Monday.
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