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Old 5th Feb 2012, 08:56
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Everyone seems to be getting in apart from BA. Oops.
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 08:57
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Have just realised that is still going on-what a shambles!Some are holding all over the uk at high levels as well!
That started happening about 07.30 i think as i noticed some had gone to Cardiff then and saw BA246 go to AMS!!
Bet they are not happy bunnies after a long flight!!
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 09:12
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BA1303 ABZ-LHR looks like got as far as MAN, & is returning to ABZ.
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 09:22
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Can anyone at LHR fill us in on whats going on and why this is turning into another embarrassment for LHR
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 09:23
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London clearly doesn't need any more airports, nor LHR another runway since the numpties that operate them can't keep what they've got at the moment open for business in a few centimetres of snow! (and snow, I might add, that has been forecast for nearly a week and arrived on a schedule that even Swiss Railways would be proud of)
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 09:39
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A bad weekend for UK land transport as well. Simon Calder on the BBC News this morning quoted a passenger from Singapore diverted to Prestwick as saying that it would take him longer to get from Prestwick to London by rail ( no replacement buses due to the state of the roads apparently) than it did to fly from Singapore. Not sure the Pax is absolutely right, but the WCML partial closure at Bletchley due to a freight loco derailment is not helping.

Incidentally, when you hear these stories of folk sleeping in their cars overnight on the M40 and M25, why is it that motorists just "have" to make the journey? Is everyone making a "necessary" trip, why dont people check the weather forecast and stay at home unless it is a life and death job? The met forecast was accurate in timing/location/amount, and Saturday is not a "commuter" day.

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Old 5th Feb 2012, 09:56
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BA diverted flights so far!

JFK - CWL
BOM - CWL
MAA - CDG
DEL - GLA
HKG - PIK
MIA - SNN
DEN - SNN
DFW - SNN
GRU - AMS
YUL - AMS
PHL - AMS
BKK/SYD - AMS

Going to be some very unhappy passengers I expect!

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Old 5th Feb 2012, 10:39
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Another divert BA292 LAX heading south looks like going poss to Barcelona!
It did go there!

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Old 5th Feb 2012, 11:10
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How on eatrh can Colin Matthews keep his job in the face of this complete shambles?
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 11:21
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Originally Posted by EGCA
Incidentally, when you hear these stories of folk sleeping in their cars overnight on the M40 and M25, why is it that motorists just "have" to make the journey? Is everyone making a "necessary" trip ?
<rant>As someone who lives in the Chiltern Hills, not far from the steep bit of the M40, almost all of the problems with "closed roads", motorways or otherwise, are due to idiots who have absolutely no idea whatsoever of how to drive in these conditions, nor how to prepare their cars for this weather (and I don't mean snow-tyres, either -- worn-out batteries; insufficient anti-freeze, screenwash, de-icer, etc.).

Insulated and isolated from reality in their computer-controlled tin boxes, driving too fast or with no comprehension of the road conditions ("I don't need to care -- I've got traction control"), they skid to a halt blocking the road, or simply get stuck, thus blocking the road for those of us who do know how to drive safely in these conditions and thoroughly stuffing it up for everybody else. It only takes one or two selfish and thoughtless people to bring the M40 to a complete halt...
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 11:37
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BA diverted flights so far!

JFK - CWL
BOM - CWL
MAA - CDG
DEL - GLA
HKG - PIK
MIA - SNN
DEN - SNN
DFW - SNN
GRU - AMS
YUL - AMS
PHL - AMS
BKK/SYD - AMS
IAD-SNN
ATL-SNN

All will be departing for LHR about now and the Denver flight left with the last while.

And 3 others into DUB (B747,767,777)
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 12:25
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RTFMike: I agree, preparedness in terms of what kit you carry, and how you drive, if you have to go out. Motorists interviewed on TV were saying that HGV drivers were culprits, driving too fast and then jacknifing. The RAC man on the news said he was amazed how he was being overtaken by motorists who "had" to try and drive at their "normal" speed, despite the conditions.
Over here in the West it is now thawing and the snow has pretty much gone. However....the Council is wasting my money, they have just been round gritting perfectly clear roads! (and the forecast here for tonight is for above zero temps).
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 12:43
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I'm just back from a local GA flight at PIK this morning. 3 x BA 777s and 1 BA 747 already there when I arrived, with another 747 on the Twr frequency 100 miles out asking to divert. Don't know where they were coming from (think it was BA098... was doing my power checks, so not paying full attention to other traffic on the radio). One 747 already moved to remote parking North side, so perhaps not expecting to be heading home imminently.

Quite a big crowd gathered on the bank beside the main taxiway with cameras... hope I didn't let myself down with my landings in front of an audience.
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 12:46
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G-EUPZ operating BAW5ZL (BA A319) en route from Zurich to LHR has just turned around... snow related I can only assume. Don't normally look at FlightRadar24, but when I'm expecting someone who's on that flight, I thought I would ^^
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 13:44
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Bet MAN was cursing could have had a hatfull of LHR divs perhaps without the fog.

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Old 5th Feb 2012, 13:51
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Bet MAN was cursing could have had a hatfull of LHR divs perhaps without the fog.

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Unlikely to have been the fog that was the issue. More likely that it was just a refusal on the airports part to accept them.
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 17:05
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one single snow flake in the UK = chaos in UK airports - incredible UK
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 17:10
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JSCL, according to flightradar24 it was an emergency..
Squawk 7700 (general emergency). G-EUPZ (British Airways A319) from Zurich to London
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 17:16
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1 single snowflake - not where I am it brought a great dea of its mates with it
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 18:06
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How on earth can Colin Matthews keep his job in the face of this complete shambles?
Very easily, is the answer! If T5 did not unseat anyone at the top, this ain't going to.

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However....the Council is wasting my money, they have just been round gritting perfectly clear roads! (and the forecast here for tonight is for above zero temps).
It's Cover Your @rse time. Remember what the papers will say if they don't and someone's moggy get's a broken leg ...

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