Storm Ciaran has thrown travel plans into disarray for many individuals traveling between the UK and Europe. The disruption is expected to persist for the next two days, leading to flight cancellations and delays, as well as impacts on sea and rail transport.
In the UK, more than 100 flights have been grounded, with British Airways and Dutch airline KLM being among the carriers affected. British Airways and KLM have canceled approximately 100 flights collectively, including routes to, from, and within the UK. Short-haul flights at Heathrow have been affected, with around 40 domestic and European flights being grounded. Guernsey and Alderney airports have also suspended their services temporarily.
Among the flights operated by KLM, routes to Amsterdam, Belfast City, Brussels, Glasgow, and Paris CDG have experienced cancellations. KLM has cited reduced capacity at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol due to adverse weather conditions as the reason for these disruptions.
"Due to the expected weather conditions at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the runway capacity has been reduced on Thursday, November 2. As a result, some of our flights have been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience." - KLM
Passengers affected by these cancellations have been offered accommodations and meals until they can reach their destinations. However, it's advisable for travelers heading to Europe to have travel insurance in place to protect themselves from unexpected expenses resulting from flight cancellations, delays, or natural disasters.
In addition to the aviation sector, rail and sea transport have also been significantly impacted by Storm Ciaran. Rail routes in the UK have seen several cancellations in the Southeastern and Southwest regions, along with disruptions in London underground and transport to Wales. Delays and cancellations have occurred between Newcastle and Carlisle due to speed restrictions.
Sea transport has not been spared, with most Channel sailings suspended, including Irish ferries and those between the UK and France, expected to remain disrupted until at least midday on Friday. Furthermore, trips between the UK and Spain, set to cross the Bay of Biscay, were canceled on Thursday. Sailings to and from Jersey by Condor Ferries are not expected to resume until Saturday.
Travelers are urged to stay informed about the status of their flights and transport options, given the ongoing disruptions caused by Storm Ciaran.
By fLEXI tEAM