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Expect Delays ex LHR/LGW )and possibly most of UK) thoughout 19/12

Expect Delays ex LHR/LGW )and possibly most of UK) thoughout 19/12

Old Dec 18, 06, 11:04 pm
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Expect Delays ex LHR/LGW (and possibly most of UK) thoughout 20/12, 21/12 & 22/12

Morning,

Due to heavy freezing fog at Heathrow and Gatwick (currently 100 meters visibility at Heathrow and 250 meters at Gatwick), I doubt normal operations will be possible for most of the day as the landing and departing rates for aircraft (takeoffs and landing per hour), will be pritty much halfed.

(And possibly the rest of the UK also)

The current forcast I have for Heathrow is for the visibility to start to clear from 7-8 am up towards 2000 meters, but it may not be untill 1pm. (Met forcasts can be wrong!)

So if you are traverling today, be safe on the roads, and sit back and relax in the lounges, as you may be there for some time!


Cheers

NOTE: No offical word from BA or BAA yet, but I guess its still early.

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Old Dec 18, 06, 11:56 pm
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Bad weather travels fast. It's a tad muggy and drizzly in Sydney.
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Old Dec 19, 06, 12:16 am
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Old Dec 19, 06, 12:27 am
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Already some cracking delays being estimated on the domestic flights into LHR this morning...

BA1473 (GLA) estimated 50 mins late
BA1321 (NCL) estimated 64 mins late
BA1433 (EDI) estimated 142 mins late!!!
BA1301 (ABZ) estimated 145 mins late.

Best of luck to anyone travelling today...
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Old Dec 19, 06, 12:44 am
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fog forecast is even worse for tomorrow and not much better rest of the week.
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Old Dec 19, 06, 12:50 am
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All UK bound flights from MLA are being held here. Looks like up to two hours delayed departures.
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Old Dec 19, 06, 12:55 am
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I'm at TXL, now delayed 2 hours (but I'm guessing more).
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Old Dec 19, 06, 2:18 am
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I am sitting in the Domestic Terraces after arriving from BAH - could not see the ground until the wheels touched down - but a perfect landing.

Awful, horrible lines at security through Flight Connections - took 1 hour 15 minutes to get through from Terminal 4 to Terminal 1.
Waiting for my BA 1388 which is now posting a 2-hour delay for departure
4 flights already cancelled.
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Old Dec 19, 06, 2:41 am
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Am in the LGW Lounge now, and it's completely white outside - you can't see a thing except for thick fog.

They've called a few cancellations already - Jersey, Isle of Man, and lots of delays - Dublin, Inverness, Newquay.
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Old Dec 19, 06, 2:52 am
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Current METAR for LHR is:-

EGLL 190820Z 31004KT 0300 R27L/0900 R27R/0500 FG OVC001 00/00 Q1037
To translate:-

Observation at 08:20 GMT on 19/12
Wind = 340 at 4 knots
Visibility = 300m
Runway 27 Right Visibility = 900m
Runway 27 Left Visibility = 500m
Weather = Fog
Overcast at 100 feet
Pressure = 1037mb

Not looking good.
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Old Dec 19, 06, 2:55 am
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Hmmm ... I have an EI to Dublin later - hope it's a little easier by then ....
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Old Dec 19, 06, 3:32 am
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Honestly - November weather on the run up to Christmas - so after dealing with the incompetence of the BAA you are going to hit the airlines at their level worst. You all have my sympathies! We have already been told that there are going to be delays.

Still if I am delayed enough - I won't be within hours to fly on Xmas Day

Then I will have to buy and cook a turkey.

(Thank Heavens for Harrods!)
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Old Dec 19, 06, 3:34 am
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Gatwick is even worse than LHR

EGKK 190850Z VRB03KT 0100 R08R/0275 R26L/0350 FG VV/// 01/01 Q1037
Observation at 08:50 GMT on 19/12
Wind = Variable direction at 3 knots
Visibility = 100m
Runway 27 Left Visibility = 350m
Runway 08 Right Visibility = 275m
Weather = Fog
VV// = Fog so bad no oberservation of cloud base possible
Temp/Dew Point = 1C/1C
Pressure = 1037mb

The forecast is no much better:-
short-TAF: EGKK 190605Z 190716 VRB03KT 0100 FG FZFG VV/// BECMG 1114 5000 BR SCT003 PROB40 TEMPO 1416 0500 BCFG BKN000
Forecast valid on 19/12 from 07:00 UTC to 16:00 UTC
Wind 03 kt from variable directions
Visibility 100 m
Fog and freezing fog
VV// = Fog cloud base cannot be determined

Between 11:00 and 14:00 UTC
Visibility improving to 5000 m
Scattered clouds at a height of 300 feet
Mist

Probability 40% :
Between 14:00 and 16:00 UTC
Visibility 500 m
Broken clouds at a height lower than 100 feet
Patches of fog
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Old Dec 19, 06, 3:38 am
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Originally Posted by Gaza View Post
Gatwick is even worse than LHR
Time to get the drinks in at the Terraces I think. (for those of you there of course )

Or better still in the FIRST lounge next door?
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Old Dec 19, 06, 3:39 am
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Originally Posted by Gaza View Post
Gatwick is even worse than LHR
Virtually all the short haul flights from LGW are showing delays now.

The domestics seems worst hit - GLA delayed for 2 hours. NQY is now showing a a hour 10 min delays (the poor incoming passengers have been spinning around above Sussex for the past hour listening to the propellors).
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