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Fog starts to clear but flights disruption continues

Published 03/11/2015

Low-lying fog over London seen from The Shard viewing gallery
Low-lying fog over London seen from The Shard viewing gallery

Disruption for travellers continued for a third day as flights were cancelled and delayed at airports coping with the backlog caused by thick fog.

The Met Office removed its severe weather warning for fog in northern and eastern areas of England and Wales.

But airports were still affected by the disruption, which began on Sunday.

Eleven flights were cancelled at Heathrow today, while the figure at London City Airport was eight.

Heathrow said on Twitter: "V isibility has improved today. However, if flying we advise you consult your airline before arriving to the airport."

Gatwick also tweeted: "F og is clearing this morning, however passengers should continue to check with their airline for the status of their flight."

A Manchester Airport spokesman said: "Like much of the UK, Manchester Airport has been affected by the fog and low visibility over the past couple of days.

"There have been periods where conditions have improved, flights have landed as normal and we have been able to accept diverted flights from other airports experiencing the same issues.

"However it does look like the foggy conditions could remain throughout the morning, and we would ask customers to check with their airline about the status of their individual flight."

It comes after some 129 flights - equivalent to 10% of departures - were cancelled at Heathrow on Monday because of air traffic restrictions caused by low visibility.

London City Airport was closed for flights until around 11am, while Gatwick, Manchester, Liverpool John Lennon, Glasgow, Belfast and Southampton airports were also affected.

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