Two UK airports “temporarily closed” late last night after snow fell across large swathes of the country yesterday, an airline has revealed. Low-cost airline Ryanair updated holidaymakers and potential passengers about issues facing Stansted Airport in Essex and Gatwick Airport in Sussex.
In a statement, Ryanair said: “Due to ongoing severe snowy weather across the UK, runways at both Stansted and Gatwick have been temporarily closed tonight disrupting all flights scheduled to depart.”
The Dublin-based carrier added: “While our teams are working hard to minimise disruptions to customers, Ryanair advises all customers flying from the UK on December 11 and 12 to check the Ryanair website or app for flight status updates before travelling to the airport.
“We sincerely apologise for these weather-related disruptions which are entirely beyond our control.”
London Stansted Airport’s official Twitter account issued a similar update in which they revealed workers were battling to clear its runway.
Stansted said: “Due to adverse weather conditions, there may be some disruption to your flight from London Stansted Airport.
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“Passengers should check the status of their flight with their airline.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will provide further updates as soon as possible.”
Gatwick has not yet provided a similar social media update.
However, in response to one Twitter user, the UK’s third largest airport said: “Safety is paramount and Gatwick temporarily closed its runway at 5.55pm due to un-forecast snow.
“Accumulations of 2-5 cm, perhaps up to 10cm in places are expected.
“The area most likely to see both accumulating snow and the higher amounts is across the eastern half of the warning area including East Sussex, Kent, Essex and Hertfordshire.
“In addition, ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces, mainly nearer to coasts where rain or sleet is more likely.”
In an update about travel, the Met Office added: “Possible travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel.”