Unusually heavy snow forced London Heathrow to shut down for several hours on Feb 2, with flights diverting to several other airports around the UK. Just before the field closed, a Cyprus Airways Airbus A330-200 slid off one of the taxiways and became stuck in the snow after arriving from Larnaca.
Some areas in south-east England received almost one foot of snow, the most since February 1991. Given the traditional chaos that usually follows in the UK after just a few inches of snow it is small wonder that both London Heathrow and Gatwick quickly closed down under this wintry onslaught. As of a few minutes ago it looks like some flights have been able to operate out of the re-opened southern runway, but travelers are being warned to expect major delays – if they can get to the airport at all.
According to Heathrow’s website services on “Heathrow Express are currently suspended and a very limited service is operating on Heathrow Connect trains between Heathrow and Paddington. With bus and rail services affected and difficult road conditions across the country, please take extra care and time if you do intend travelling to the airport.”
To see the stranded Cyprus A330 see below.