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21/12/06
Airport Delays 'To Get Worse'
- Fog delivers blow to Christmas travel

Airport Delays THE DELAYS at Heathrow and other London airports due to the fog are likely to get worse over the coming days.

"Things are likely to get worse before they get better," admitted a spokesperson for British Airports Authority, the company which runs Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

There are nasty figures to back up that doom-scenario from BAA. Yesterday, just over 200 flights were cancelled at Heathrow, while today up to 400 are expected to be rubbed off the agenda.

Heathrow, as it lies in the Thames Valley, is the London airport hardest hit by fog and the worst affected flights at Heathrow are internal ones.
British Airways, for example, has had all of its domestic flights cancelled.

Short-haul flights within Europe are also up for the axe, but BAA says it is trying to ensure as near as possible a full service for long-haul flights.

Unfortunately the fog is not forecast to clear until after Christmas, so the delays are expected to continue. That long-lasting fog is also set to create chaos on Britainís motorway network, as millions of people travel by road to see relatives over the festive period and this year will be confronted by low visibility as well as the usual holiday-time congestion.

Air travellers are advised to check the status of their flights.



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