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The UK is currently under siege from a barrage of snow and freezing temperatures which has caused travel chaos across the nation.

The ‘Beast from the East’ has meant trains, flights and roads have been closed.

British Airways has been hit the worst with over 200 flights cancelled since Monday.

Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet have also been forced to cancel flights since the beginning of this week. 

So which airports are currently closed as we venture into the weekend?

Glasgow Airport

Update 3 March: 

Glasgow Airport tweeted this morning to say it was returning to business as usual, but that there are still some delays and a small number of cancellations. 

It advised: “Passengers should continue to check the status of their flight with their airline or visit our website for flight information.”

Update 2 March:

The airport has opened this morning although a number of flights are still cancelled: “Our teams worked through the night clearing snow from the airfield.

“A large number of flights have been cancelled for today so our advice to passengers is not to travel to the airport until they have checked the status of their flight with their airline.”

Update 1 March:

Glasgow Airport is currently closed and has been since 7am this morning. Their statement reads: “A severe amber warning advising against all but essential travel has been issued by the Met Office and will remain in place until tomorrow morning.

“In light of this and the impact it is having on passengers and staff, including airline staff, travelling to and from the airport, we will remain closed for the rest of the day.

“This decision has been taken with safety of passengers and staff in mind.”

“Our teams are continuing with snow cleaning operations, however we would advise passengers not to travel to the airport.

“Anyone with travel plans should contact their airline directly for specific flight information.”

Further snow is forecast during the day which will make travel conditions to and from the airport extremely challenging.

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport closed on Thursday night at 6pm but re-opened Friday morning albeit with flight cancellations.

There has been no update this morning.

Yesterday the airline stated: “We believe that closure at 6pm gives us the best opportunity to prepare for tomorrow.

“We are expecting further disruption tomorrow and that the situation regarding getting staff to and from the airport will remain challenging.”

The Edinburgh Airport Twitter account has also stated: “These airlines have decided not to fly today: British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet, Turkish, KLM, Flybe, Aer Lingus, Air France.

“We ask that passengers do not come to the airport if they are flying with these carriers.

“All passengers should check with their airline before travelling to the airport. Further updates about other airlines and tomorrow’s operations will be made over the course of the day.”

East Midlands Airport

Update 3 March: 

The airport tweeted Saturday morning to say it was fully operatinal. 

It said: “We’ll be continously following the #beastfromtheeast this weekend! So follow us for the latest information and real-time advice on travel in snowy conditions.”

Update 2 March:

The airport has opened as of 6:25am this morning but faces cancelled flights: “UPDATE: 06:45 East Midlands Airport is open. Due to the adverse weather across the UK the following flights are cancelled today.”

Update 1 March:

The airport has since re-opened as of 2pm yet still faces delays and cancellations.

Their Twitter account reads: “We are pleased to announce our runway has reopened.

“However, please be aware of flight cancellations, listed on our newsfeed and delays to flights that are scheduled to depart.”

Dublin Airport

The Irish airport closed on Thursday at 3pm but is back open today, 

It tweeted: “We’re open, first flight landed at 5am. Please check with your airline re status of your flight BEFORE coming to airport. Taxis operating. @Aircoach operating to city centre, see its feed re other routes. @dublinbusnews resuming at noon. Campus roads are clear.”

The website warns: “Ryanair has said it will suspend flight operations to and from Dublin Airport by 16.00 today. It plans to resume operations on Saturday morning.

“All other airlines are suspending operations from about 15.00 today.

“Given the Red Weather Alert for later today and tomorrow, it is unlikely that other airlines will operate to or from Dublin Airport on Friday and they are likely to resume operations on Saturday morning.

“We will have snow crews working today and tomorrow to continue to clear the runway, taxiways, aircraft parking stands and apron areas for our airline customers’ planned resumption of services on Saturday morning.”

Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Stansted Airport and Luton Airport remain open with a number of flight cancellations.

The following airports remain open but also have a number of cancellations: London City, Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, East Midlands, Birmingham and Newcastle.


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