Flights diverted as storm Katie blows in

Flights diverted as storm Katie blows in

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Thousands of airline passengers faced disruption yesterday as Storm Katie forced many airlines to divert from London airports to other parts of the country.

Some flights that tried to land at Gatwick in strong winds were forced to divert to Birmingham, Manchester and other regional airports.

Restrictions imposed at Heathrow due to weather conditions in the morning peak landing period meant aircraft being sent as far away as Glasgow and Shannon in Ireland.

Short-haul flights to Heathrow from Gothenburg and Dusseldorf were diverted to Stansted and Manchester respectively.

BA cancelled at least 50 flights to and from Heathrow in addition to services from Gatwick.

American Airlines, South African Airways and United had long haul arrivals diverted while Virgin Atlantic suffered from delays.

Gatwick saw 30 short-haul flights cancelled while others suffered delays of as much as six hours.

Many easyJet aircraft had to divert to other airports across the UK.

Cross-Channel ferries also aced disruption and delays due to the adverse weather conditions.

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