With all this bad weather about at the moment, it’s a worrying time for air travellers. All you want to do is get away from the snow, ice and freezing temperatures to somewhere warm, but you can’t.
Faced with iced-up roads, or heavy snow, you probably can’t even get your car off your drive, let alone drive to the airport to get your flight and, if you do get there, what are your chances of your flight taking off?
Traveling tips and ideas
What do you do first?
It is a stressful situation, one I had firsthand experience of last week, faced with an airport that was operational and a booked flight, yet unable to get to the airport due to the road to the airport being blocked by snow. I resolved the issue by contacting the airline and rebooking the flight to later in the day, giving the authorities chance to clear the road.
At present, it appears that all the major UK airports are open, however, with the weather problems of this past week there are cancellations and delays, and with the threat of more snow most airports and airlines are advising passengers to check whether their flight is operational before they leave home.
So how do you find out whether your flight is going to operate or not?
Check your airport website, or the website of your airline – some airlines have begun to list details of flights they have cancelled for the current day, or even the next day.
Your airline’s website should have a link to a weather-update page or have a section where you can check the status of your flight.
Your departure airport will also have a list of flight arrivals and departures, so you could check there.