BAW076 From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2006, 750 posts, RR: 28 Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6301 times:
I wondered why there was a distinct lack of activity in the skies above me... I live a mile south of LCY and always get the LHR inbounds (for 27L and 27R) overhead, but all I've really heard today so far is thunderstorms!
I've just been on the Heathrow departures website and there are tons of flights still on the ground that are 4-5 hours late!
Amazing isn't it. - One of the busiest airports in the world and it can't cope with a downpour!
Old, not enough capacity... and probably a shortage of buckets too! Bring on T5 and the East Terminal, I say!
You can't really blame the airport infrastructure for this morning the rain hammered it down for a good hour and a half to two hours with thunder and lightning overhead. That amount water falling is going to cause problems for anywhere let alone an airport who's business of flying is hampered by adverse weather conditions. It was downright dangerous out there at times this morning.
Gman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6158 times:
Quoting LHRBlueSkies (Reply 8):
Err, yes you can! Poor maintenance of it's facilities (well, I use the term maintenance very loosely - more of a fix it later approach!) has lead to the state it's in today.
It's more important to BAA/Ferrovial to make LHR a big shopping centre than a world class airport.
So only LHR has problems when adverse weather hits, not JFK, CDG, FRA or anywhee else. I'll remember that next time I'm delayed because of the weather. Jeez, you need to get out a bit more.
PDXtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6145 times:
Damn it. I'm supposed to fly on BA958 from LHR to MUC. Good thing I checked the status...delayed an hour and a half, but most of the other flights were cancelled. I hope I'm not in for a long night... I've only got two days in MUC, then back Sunday night.
UAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6073 times:
Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 9): Well, the roof still shouldn't leak, should it? It rains like that in Tampa all the time, and I've never seen buckets out at TPA because the roof's shoddy. Maintaining a roof isn't that difficult.
Whilst I dont want to defend LHR too much, I might add that parts of the South East today had two months of rainfall in a day. No infrastructure can cater for that, not evenn good old LHR. I work in a 10 year old office in Reading and the water was leaking in a various quarters. We have until today never seen a leak in the office. Todays rainfall was unprecendented, if you were not in it, you cannot comment. Any airport would have struggled today, its been horrendous!
Gman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6060 times:
Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 9):
Well, the roof still shouldn't leak, should it? It rains like that in Tampa all the time, and I've never seen buckets out at TPA because the roof's shoddy. Maintaining a roof isn't that difficult.
Well a leaky roof doesn't cause major delays and cancellations. What happened this morning was nothing to with LHR's infrastructure, it was solely down to the seriously poor weather conditions London suffered this morning. I'm sure Tampa or any other world airport would of suffered problems if the storm that hit us this morning hit them.
Britannia191A From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 261 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6029 times:
Quoting PDXtriple7 (Reply 11): Damn it. I'm supposed to fly on BA958 from LHR to MUC. Good thing I checked the status...delayed an hour and a half, but most of the other flights were cancelled. I hope I'm not in for a long night... I've only got two days in MUC, then back Sunday night.
You will find its delayed 3hrs. New ETA 2300hrs. Good luck as the BA before that has been cancelled.
FlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2020 posts, RR: 3 Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5737 times:
Yep, it was major downpours this morning - started overnight and just kept coming until about lunchtime. Coming home from work tonight I had to make a four mile detour as most of the roads to my village were shut due to floods. Lot of rail service disruption too. It wasn't just a heavy shower, but a could 12 hours of it - Groud got sodden, drains filled up and then the floods started. I was on the fifth floor of a building today and the ligthening appeared to be below us. Thunder wasn't claps, but a standing ovation it went on so long. One bout was so bad it set loads of car alarms off. So for once lets stop beating BAA up.
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26028 posts, RR: 58 Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5717 times:
The severe weather today has had an impact on air traffic across the UK and Europe and has led to 141 flight cancellations at Heathrow. In-bound flights are not badly delayed and out-bound flights are delayed by approximately 20 minutes.
We advise passengers to check the status of their flights and to allow themselves extra time if travelling to the airport by car, due to flood related road congestion on the motorways and surrounding roads.
Lobstertail From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 9 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5673 times:
Flew in today. We ended up sitting out in the middle of the airfield for 90 minutes waiting for a stand to open up. When one did finally become available we then had to wait another 30 minutes for the stairs and buses to show up.
RussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7303 posts, RR: 23 Reply 24, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5545 times:
Whilst I understand that any airport can be affected by particularly bad weather, it does still seem as though British Airports are particularly bad at coping with such situations. This applies most of all when there is a cm or two of snow.
✈ Every strike of the hammer is a blow against the enemy. ✈
25 PanHAM: ...and in winter. Half an inch of snow stalls JFK and snarls traffic on the Van Wyck. Must have been real bad at LHR today, one BA flight to FRA was
26 PDXtriple7: My flight got cancelled. Absolute disaster. People with no place to sleep... but I can't get ahold of any BA number to redo my reservations. They refu
27 BAW076: Still delays affecting departures at Heathrow... This was the situation at 00:10 GMT: 16:35 OA270 ATHENS AIRBORNE 2342 18:15 BA482 BARCELONA AIRBORNE
28 PDXtriple7: Is there no 24 hour number in the UK? All I see is the US, which won't work for me here.
29 Sevenair: I believe all of the BA UK based call centres close at 20:00 GMT. I guess you are at an airport - there should be a BA (or whoever handles them) agent
30 Viscount724: Even in the Internet age, it's surprising that a major carrier like BA, especially in their home market, no longer has 24 hour telephone access. Thei
31 PDXtriple7: 1. Have tried twice to rebook online. Not an option. 2. I'm back at the place I'm staying in London. I'm on hold with the US BA number, since that's 2
32 Byrdluvs747: I don't remember leaking roofs at any of those airports. LHR is a dismal airport.
33 RFields5421: Yesterday there were weather delays in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Washington DC (both airports) Philadelphia and NYC (all three airports) - by and
34 LA888: Guys dont kid yourselves. The BAA have brought LHR to its knees and the place is seriously close to meltdown. The place cannot cope with any unforese
35 Antonovman: I worked at FRA for 10 years and every time it rained, Hall C was full of buckets catching the rain. Its not only LHR
36 PanHAM: Happens at FRA some times, in T1 , the lower level where the supermarket and the access to the suburban trains and parking is. Global call centres, c
37 Kevin777: A friend of mine just called me and woke me up... He's stuck at LHR and absolutely pissed; he has had an awful journey... delayed SGN-HKG to miss his
38 Speedbird2155: BA has no codeshares with SK and as such there wouldn't be a BA flight number on any SK flights. As for the conditions at LHR, while not being the be
39 SA7700: It could be an SK flight on either CX or BA "paper". Depending on which carrier's "paper" the ticket was issued, they are obliged to get your friend
40 EKSkycargo370: I was working there yesterday,LHR is a total disgrace,there are not enough gates at the airport to cater for the demand.BAA need to look for carriers
41 TCXDegsy: Is it just me, or shoudn't we be talking up the positives, such as T5 which will undoubtedly help, and would have been in place a lot earlier had it n
42 ContinentalEWR: Heathrow went from being my favoriter airport in the world to one of my most reviled. It's dirty, congested, frequent delays, bad infrastructure, and
43 AlanUK: Whilst I agree that a flight cancellation is inconvenient, I find the wording "absolute disaster" a tad too strong. If a flight cancellation is an "a
44 Kevin777: That's probably it - an SK ticket issued on BA paper, not BA codeshare (makes more sense now that I think of it..). I'd also reckon BA's to blame; he
45 BAxMAN: It sounds like your friend has booked a CX fare CPH-SGN, and can only assume that for the outbound sectors, your friend flew CPH-BA-LHR-CX-HKG-CX-SGN
46 AlanUK: Sorry I didn't realise this had stopped. Probably another Willie Walsh W*nker decision...
47 Viscount724: They should clarify that in their website (UK contacts). If calls are routed to different call centres to provide 24h coverage, they should show "24
48 Aerofan: I got caught up in this mess. I was on VS25 that was scheduled to leave at 6PM. We didn't get out till 8:15PM local time. The aircraft was remote park
49 WorldTraveler: Amazing. Apparently Americans expect to be able to reach customer service 24 hrs per day... and probably work for less than BA's British staff.
50 Feroze: Therefore, to clarify, BA's telephone ops in the UK are from 0600 to 2000 only. The re-routing to the US outside these hours ended some time ago. I o