If you’re in the UK and Ireland, you’re no doubt aware that Storm Ciara is upon us, bringing gales and high winds.
And cancellations are in your future if have travel plans tomorrow.
The UK weather warning map looking rather like a bunny – Data/Image – The Met Office
The Met Office weather warning is at https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-02-09
Virgin Atlantic has cancelled a number of services out of Heathrow. Passengers are being rebooked on to the next available flights where possible. If you have an active booking and flying tomorrow, check ‘My Booking’ on their website, you’ll also be able to search for alternative flights if you are not satisfied with the changes
Full rebooking policy at https://flywith.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/news/storm-ciara-important-information.html
The European flying programme is going to take a pounding tomorrow, with the storm. The airline has introduced flexible rebooking options for all customers on domestic and European flights flying to/from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City on Sunday.
If you are due to travel on a domestic and European service on Sunday 9th February to/from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or London City you can change your date of travel to Saturday 8th February or between 11th-13th February 2020.
Flybe is advising passengers to continue to check in as normal, and regularly check their flight info page for any further updates. They are also moving to flexible travel for those passengers on the 9th February, including:
- You can rebook on a different flight for travel within the next 7 days at no charge to the same or a similar destination, providing there are available seats.
- You can rebook your flight on the same route for any future date, providing that seats are still available at the same price as that originally paid. If you would like to choose an alternate flight, please note that we will waive any change fee for your booking, however you will have to pay any change in fare (if higher than your original fare).
- If your flight is cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions and you have the following options
- We will rebook your travel on an alternative flight at the earliest available opportunity
- Alternatively, you may obtain a refund for any part(s) of your journey not taken.
Full details at https://flybe.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1771
EasyJet is planning to operate its full flying programme as scheduled but passengers due to fly to or from the UK this weekend should check the status of their flights on its Flight Tracker page at www.easyjet.com/en/flight-tracker for up to date travel information. No booking easement in place.
A number of Rail companies have issued “Do Not Travel” warnings already. These include:
- Gatwick Express
- Grand Central
- Great Northern
- Hull Trains –
- TransPennine Express
Ticketing easements are in place already for these operators. Other train operators are putting easements in place. Check https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/241997.aspx before you travel.
Check before you travel
With high wind gusts and rain, tomorrow will not be a fun day for travelling or going out. Please check before you travel and have backup plans in place.
I suspect it could be a mess out there in the morning.
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