BAW076 From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2006, 750 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 12417 times:
Quoting BritPilot777 (Reply 4): I just got home from work at LHR and it was chucking it down with rain and a lot of storm cell's around! Loads of lightning and thunder going off, most probably the reason.
Yes, in the last hour, I have had 5 seperate storms go off in my area... must have been that curry I ate last night!
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4137 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 12408 times:
Airlines at LHR were being requested to cancel a third of flights, so it was probably being re-routed to either help out BAA or to get around the restriction. Virgin did the same - two of their flights (19 to SFO and 23 to LAX) are flying from LGW today and passengers who turned up to LHR were offered a free bus transfer to Gatwick, and the departure times were put back a few hours to allow them to get there, and to allow time for the aircraft to position from LHR.
EK773 From Malta, joined Jul 2004, 239 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 12306 times:
Although im far from London i would guess by the above posts that the flight was diverted because of the weather. The flight is scheduled to position from Gatwick to Heathrow at 16:00 and then operate Heathrow to Dubai as EK30.
Fly_airbus From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 12258 times:
Notams issued for LHR:
B)0608122039 (12AUG06 2039U)
C)0608132359 (13AUG06 2359U)
E)DUE NEW SECURITY PROTOCOLS AT HEATHROW, SEVERE CONGESTION AND DELAY OCCURS AT ALL TERMINALS. ALL AIRLINES WITH 3 OR MORE FLIGHTS DURING SUN 13 AUG MUST FILE A REVISED SKED WITH A 30PERCENT REDUCTION IN DEPARTING FLTS. ACFT ARRIVING WITH PAX BUT DEPARTING EMPTY WILL BE CONSIDERED PART OF THE 30PERCENT REDUCTION. ACFT SHOULD BE DEPARTED FROM HEATHROW ON SKED OR AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE WHERE THEY ARE NOT DUE TO OVERNIGHT AT HEATHROW. REVISED INFORMATION (INCLUDING SKED TIME OF CANCELLED DEP AND PAX NUMBER) SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO OPS PLANNING TEAM (FAX 020 8745 6061) NEW: Thomsonfly (United Kingdom)">BY 0608122200)
B)0608131509 (13AUG06 1509U)
C)0608142359 (14AUG06 2359U)
E)SECURITY REQUIREMENTS, REDUCTION IN DEPARTING FLIGHTS MON 14TH AUG. ALL AIRLINES WITH MORE THAN 4 FLIGHTS SCHEDULED TO OPERATE ON MON 14AUG, MUST FILE A REVISED SKED WITH A 20 PERCENT REDUCTION IN DEPARTING FLTS. AIRLINES ARE ADVISED THAT THERE IS A SIMILAR REDUCTION PLANNED FOR TUE 15 AUG. ACFT ARRIVING WITH PAX BUT DEPARTING EMPTY WILL BE CONSIDERED AS IF AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT WERE A CANCELLED DEPARTING FLT. ACFT SHOULD DEPART FROM HEATHROW ON SKED OR AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE WHERE THEY ARE NOT DUE TO OVERNIGHT AT HEATHROW. REVISED INFORMATION (INCLUDING SKED TIME OF DEP OF CANCELLED FLT AND PAX NUMBER) SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO OPS PLANNING TEAM (FAX 020 8745 6061) NEW: Thomsonfly (United Kingdom)">BY SUN 13 AUG 2100 (L). ANY AIRLINE NOT COMPLYING NEW: Thomsonfly (United Kingdom)">BY ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE A NON-COMPLIANCE SKED INTO OR OUT, WILL BE CONSIDERED TO BE IN BREACH OF THE CONDITIONS OF USE FOR HEATHROW AIRPORT AND THE USE OF AIRPORT FACILITIES WILL BE DENIED.
yes there has been a load of storm clouds above us here in North London,and been watching the movements coming out of the ockham hold from the east of us. Also got some wonderfull snap shots of the storm tower clouds with the sun reflecting of them using a sigma 300mm lens.
BAW076 From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2006, 750 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8997 times:
Quoting Express1 (Reply 9): yes there has been a load of storm clouds above us here in North London,and been watching the movements coming out of the ockham hold from the east of us. Also got some wonderfull snap shots of the storm tower clouds with the sun reflecting of them using a sigma 300mm lens.
I noticed that all of the LHR inbounds at that time that were being held at Ockham and Biggin were leaving the holds and heading further north on a heading of 360 than they would normally to establish for 27L, in order to avoid the storm.
Julius2005 From Cuba, joined Sep 2004, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7990 times:
It is fair enough to say that due to the severe congestion and the extreme security measures taken by the BAA there are no more options but to diverte when poss some flights into LGW and MAN. Think about the incredible chaos it is LHR at the moment. At least this way some pressure is released from this airport. The weather conditions might have somo impact on this decision but do not think was the main reason.
BlueFlyer From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jan 2006, 4556 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6734 times:
As illustrated by the two NOTAMs above, the diversion is an attempt to comply with a request by BAA to reduce operations by 30%. BA has cancelled several short-haul flights on Sunday and will continue to do so on Monday and Tuesday. For instance, there was no BA metal at all between LHR and BRU on Sunday and, as of my writing, only every other flight will be operated on Monday.
Airport security is simply unable to cope with the "normal" volume given the additional security measures.
Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13752 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6144 times:
Why choose BHX which is ages away?
14th August 2006, 08:00 Dubai.
The British Airport Authority (BAA) is restricting flights to London Heathrow to ease congestion resulting from the ongoing security measures at the airport. In line with this directive, Emirates will re-route one of its Heathrow flights today, EK005, departing Dubai at 1615 local time , to Birmingham. The return flight, EK006, originally scheduled to depart London Heathrow at 2230 local time, will now depart from Birmingham two hours later at 0030 local time.
Emirates is making every effort to inform affected passengers and we regret any inconvenience caused. All other Emirates services to London and to other UK airports are operating as normal, although it should be noted that delays of up to an hour are still being experienced on outbound flights from London Heathrow.
Do not forget that BHX is not goverend by BAA regulations concerning the reduction in services. We have two daily EK flights to DXB so the infastructure is there to handle the Aircraft. We are not really that far away (less than an hour flight) so it should not cause that much inconvenience.