LONDON — Storm Doris is wreaking havoc across the U.K., causing delays and headaches for more than 10,000 airline passengers whose flights have been cancelled.
According to The Independent, dozens of flights set to depart today have been cancelled to and from Heathrow airport. An alert on Heathrow’s website reads: “Strong winds and poor weather forecast for February 23, related to Storm Doris, are expected to cause some flight delays and cancellations across the UK.” The alert went on to advise travellers to check their flight status prior to arriving at the airport.
The Independent reports that over 50 British Airways flights have been grounded, including domestic services and two roundtrips to Amsterdam, Munich and Istanbul. In addition, KLM has cancelled three roundtrips from Amsterdam, Lufthansa and subsidiary Eurowings have grounded flights from Cologne, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, Swiss has cut a return flight between Zurich and Heathrow, and Aer Lingus has cancelled a dozen flights.
The storm’s impact has trickled over to rail travellers as well. Passengers within the UK have been warned of disruptions and delays due to speed restrictions. Virgin Trains East Coast has advised passengers booked to travel today to instead travel before 2 p.m. on Friday instead.
Other rail services that have either cancelled links, reduced service or announced delays include the East Coast main line, CrossCountry, TransPennine, Grand Central, Southern and Arriva Trains Wales.
In Scotland, ferry passengers sailing to and from the Isle of Arran were warned of possible disruptions due to high winds.