Airlines and airports are counting the cost of ex-Hurricane Ophelia as hundreds of flights were cancelled amid high winds and rain yesterday.

Flybe was among the worst affected with 170 flights grounded, while Ryanair cancelled more and 140 services, mainly to and from airports in Ireland.

All Flybe flights to and from Belfast City airport, Scotland and the Channel Islands were cancelled together with the majority of flights to and from Southampton on Monday afternoon and evening.

“As a result of adverse and resultant atmospheric weather conditions impacting normal operations due to Storm Ophelia, Flybe has been forced to cancel some 170 flights,” the regional carrier confirmed.

Current plans are to operate a normal schedule today across the network.

Dublin airport saw airlines cancel up to 180 flights while services at Belfast City were cancelled until 5.45pm yesterday.

Winds gusts of up to 70mph have now hit parts of Scotland with Edinburgh airport reporting the cancellation of flights to Ireland.

British Airways said passengers travelling to or from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Isle of Man, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester or Newcastle today can opt to change their travel dates.

EasyJet cancelled flights yesterday to and from Belfast and the Isle of Man while Loganair warned of continued weather disruption to its services.

“Weather forecasts for the west of Scotland indicate that high winds and rain will impact the west of Scotland from Monday afternoon through to Tuesday lunchtime,” the airline said.

Loganair is offering passengers due to travel on certain routes on Monday and Tuesday the opportunity to re-book their travel without charge.

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