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Snowfall At LGW Prompts Closure 13JAN  
User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7733 times:

LGW is currently experiencing some difficulty clearing their runways for early morning operations. Unfortunately, this mean a few diversions for a couple hundred passengers who have been in the air for 8+ hours crossing the pond.

VS28 is currently being diverted Stansted.
VS30 and VS32 are also being diverted, but to Heathrow.
BA2036 is also deciding where to go.
VS16 is en-route about 3 hours out...we shall see what happens with her.

Other domestic flights to LGW have been canceled altogether.

Just when we thought it was over...


From the airport's website:

Quote:
Flights suspended at Gatwick Following overnight snowfall the runway at Gatwick Airport is currently closed for essential snow clearance. We are working with our airlines and business partners to reopen the runway as soon as it is safe to do so. Delays and cancellations are likely.



[Edited 2010-01-12 23:27:27]

55 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineFutureUScapt From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 765 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7726 times:

US732 from CLT is diverting to MAN

User currently offlineFlyingfox27 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7715 times:

Maybe Gatwick could invest in heavy snow shifting gear as it is 200ft above sea level too where its most likely to snow.

What i would do if i owned an airport, i would invest in heavy snow gear then rent it out on the mild winters so that they earn their keep then be fully ready when extreme weather comes.

[Edited 2010-01-12 23:29:36 by flyingfox27]

User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7687 times:

To recap LGW:

VS28 from MCO - diverted to STN
VS30 from BGI - diverted to LHR
VS32 from UVF - diverted to LHR
VS16 en route from MCO - ETA 9:48
VS44 en route from LAS - ETA 13:26
US732 from CLT - diverted to MAN
DL12 from ATL - diverted LHR


User currently offlineFlyingfool From Netherlands, joined May 2005, 441 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7621 times:

BA2036 G-YMMF from MCO is diverted to AMS. It is just landed at RWY 36L.

Mike


User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7609 times:



Quoting Flyingfool (Reply 4):
BA2036 G-YMMF from MCO is diverted to AMS. It is just landed at RWY 36L.

How could I forget my biggest competitor. Sucks for their pax - they're not even in the right country.

Good luck to all trying to LGW today!


User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7577 times:

Also to note:

LHR is completely open accepting all arrivals, however currently there is a holding pattern to the south. Get in line.


User currently offlineAirGabon From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 890 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7538 times:

GVA is totally closed here, heavy snow falls, no visibility...
CO, UA, LX from JFK diverted. Do you know where?

AF cancelled also many flights as there are also big troubles at CDG due to severe weather.


User currently offlineFlyingfox27 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7540 times:

What happens if they land in another country, do they get offloaded and are allowed to stretch theie legs and get food or do they have to stay on the plane until LGW is opened?

User currently offlineDens From Switzerland, joined Sep 2001, 309 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7480 times:



Quoting AirGabon (Reply 7):
CO, UA, LX from JFK diverted. Do you know where

AS GVA is closed, CO from EWR, UA from IAD, LX from JFK and QR from DOH have been diverted to ZRH


User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3338 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7373 times:

Quoting Flyingfox27 (Reply 8):

When this happened to the BA flight from MCO last week they went to AMS and sat there all day and then put in hotel, flew back next morning.

Update,just looked at the Gatwick board and this flight has again been diverted to AMS and is on the ground waiting, no arrival time yet for LGW.  Sad

[Edited 2010-01-13 01:49:32 by readytotaxi]


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User currently offlineMcG1967 From UK - Scotland, joined Apr 2006, 517 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7272 times:

BA2156 ANU-LGW diverted to GLA
BA2158 St Lucia -LGW diverted to GLA
BA2152 BGI-LGW diverted to PIK


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3966 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7251 times:

Anyone else think they should seriously think about investing in snow-clearing equipment?

Quoting Flyingfox27 (Reply 2):
Maybe Gatwick could invest in heavy snow shifting gear as it is 200ft above sea level too where its most likely to snow.

Would seem a logical move for the future!


User currently offlineTristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4052 posts, RR: 33
Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7230 times:

BA has cancelled the complete shorthaul programme at LHR for the rest of the day.
Means I get a lie in tomorrow.


User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7232 times:

Is the airport likely to open soon?

I know it's shut to all arrivals until 12 midday but some departures are going.

I'm due to be flying out on the EZY713 to Edinburgh at 1905, what are the chances of that being affected?

JG  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineSpottingpete93 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7187 times:



Quoting Vasu (Reply 12):
Anyone else think they should seriously think about investing in snow-clearing equipment?

Quoting Flyingfox27 (Reply 2):
Maybe Gatwick could invest in heavy snow shifting gear as it is 200ft above sea level too where its most likely to snow.

Would seem a logical move for the future!

I've seen many people say this recently and I have to say I have to agree...why spend millions of pounds on equipment that will only be used for less than 10 days of the year! If we had weather like this for 4-6 months of year then Yes... it is worth it!

Sorry to say but that is quite a ridiculous statement. 200ft above sea level does not increase the liklihood of it snowing by very much!

I am currently looking out over Gatwick and the problem is more to do with the availability of stands cleared of Snow. You can keep the runway cleared failry easily but once the taxiways, Aprons and Stands are also being covered with snow (which constitutes a much greater area) you're going to have problems!


User currently offlineFlyingfool From Netherlands, joined May 2005, 441 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7129 times:

More diverting aircrafts from London comming in at AMS:

UA924 N222UA B772 IAD-LHR
CO4 N78004 B772 IAH-LHR
US728 N281AY A332 PHL-LHR
BD932 G-MEDM A321 THR-LHR

Regards Mike

[Edited 2010-01-13 03:21:17]

User currently offlineSandyb123 From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2007, 1124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7118 times:
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Currently at GLA, we've got a BA 772 here and a load of other diversions. Any idea where it's come from?

This place is chaos, everything south is cancelled (LCY, LHR, LGW, BHX, MAN....)

Sandyb123



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User currently offlineMcG1967 From UK - Scotland, joined Apr 2006, 517 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7085 times:

See post above - there are 2, 1 from Antigua and the other from St. Lucia.

User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7057 times:



Quoting TristarSteve (Reply 13):
BA has cancelled the complete shorthaul programme at LHR for the rest of the day.

Seems I picked a good day to have a day off..


User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7008 times:



Quoting Pilotboi (Reply 3):
DL12 from ATL - diverted LHR

Also happened last week. Passengers were bussed to LHR, rather than the a/c being positioned back to LGW. Departure of the return flight was pushed back by 5hrs to accommodate. Interesting to see if they do the same again, or if they reposition this time.


User currently offlineTommy212 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6919 times:

SNOWTAM
FROM: 10/01/13 07:35 A)EGKK B)01130735 C)08R F)2/2/2 G)XX H)999 T)SWEEPING AND DE-ICING OF RUNWAY,TAXIWAYS AND STANDS CONTINUE)
Q) EGTT/QFALC/IV/NBO/A/000/999/5109N00011W005
B) FROM: 10/01/13 08:53C) TO: 10/01/13 12:30 EST
E) AD CLOSED FOR SNOW CLEARANCE


User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6892 times:

Air Malta KM116 was called back to base (MLA) while en route. And EZ canx it's outbound to MLA

User currently offlineLxlgu From South Africa, joined Sep 2000, 1085 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6884 times:

It looks like it will be madness!
Heathrow diversions
BA 477 FROM BARCELONA TO NEWCASTLE
BA 771 FROM STOCKHOLM TO MANSTON-only 21 pax on board-strange diversion
BA 669 FROM VIENNA TO NEWCASTLE
CO 110 FROM NEWARK TO MANCHASTER
BA 226 FROM ATLANTA TO NEWCASTLE
CO 004 FROM HOUSTON TO AMSTERDAM
BA 036 FROM CHENNAI TO EAST MIDLANDS
EI 156 FROM DUBLIN CANCELLED
UA 924 FROM WASHINGTON TO AMSTERDAM
AF1280 FROM PARIS CANCELLED
KL 1009 FROM ASTERDAM CANCELLED
BA 307 FROM PARIS CANCELLED
BA 725 FROM GENEVA CANCELLED

Cheers!
Tony


User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3338 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6827 times:

Hi Pilotboi,
Looks like you are going to be busy again at MCO, I see Virgin have canceled todays flights LGW-MCO.
Best of luck.  thumbsup 



you don't get a second chance to make a first impression!
25 Candid76 : Gatwick's EK015 is here at MAN as is a Kuwait 777 and Continental 757 from LHR. We also had loads of BHX diversions (obviously MAN came to its senses
26 Pe@rson : I live in Loughborough and it's snowing heavily here. My local airport, EMA, is a 15-minute drive away, and most flights are operating more-or-less no
27 Post contains images Pawsleykat : I've just checked an update on the Gatwick Airport website; Currently the airport is shut until 4pm for departures and 5pm for arrivals. Looking more
28 Pe@rson : Reminded me of a BA BGI-LGW flight that diverted to EMA last week.
29 Flyingfool : We can add the following to the list: OA271 SX-OAR A320 ATH-LGW PS501 UR-GAQ B733 (WL) KBP-LGW
30 Readytotaxi : Perhaps the hotel rooms are nicer?
31 Hiflyer : So both Gatwick and Heathrow are now shedding flights due snow and it is apparently as widespread as to Geneva. Hopefully Eurostar is back to full cap
32 Candid76 : I'd rather have seen the Cubana IL96 in MAN than all the other diverts put together...
33 SKORD : Throughout the UK we are rapidly running out of Coach Operators who are able, or willing to run diverted pax to places like LGW while the weather is
34 Ammunition : I landed at EMA at about 11am and saw one of those BA flights take off as we were taxiing in, a nice surprise I must say. Departing on the 11th, my fl
35 Airbuseric : The US A330 and CO B772 left AMS again, for ??? They probably flew to LGW and meanwhile arrived...
36 McG1967 : LGW is SNOCLO till 1700. I suspect the US A330 and the CO B772 that went to AMS were LHR diverts for a Gas N Go after LHR started suffering big delays
37 Flyingfool : The BA, US, UA, CO and BD where originally destined for Heathrow and the OA and PS flights where diverted from Gatwick... Mike
38 RussianJet : Grrrrrr! An STN full of various widebodies looks very pretty, but it causes chaos!! Glad to see the back of that morning.
39 Pilotboi : But VS28 is still on the board! Most likely they're ferrying in an aircraft from somewhere in Europe, probably LHR (one of the diversions from ANU or
40 Leezyjet : LGW is becoming a joke. Every single time it has snowed, they have just closed the place for most of the day. Even LHR has managed to keep running mor
41 B777LRF : As someone mentioned above, it's not only a question of de-snowing the runway, there's also taxiways and stands to contend with. I do appreciate the
42 Readytotaxi : Just spotted a 747 flying as VIR27P over Ireland heading your way, guess this is a positioning flight that is going to help you out.
43 Yellowtail : yeap..at least if you get diverted to STN...you're still in London (technically) ..so give them a gatwick express ticket and put them up at the Savoy
44 PlymSpotter : I don't think so, all of WOW's LGW flights have diverted in there today, so I guess it's open.
45 LHR380 : It did close for a short time but have been getting twitter messages from them most of the arvo saying they are getting things back to normal.
46 Swiftski : Manston has a very small terminal area so 21 pax is about the right size!
47 SKORD : Easier said than done! Nobody is able to issue, or pay for things like that! Its an absolute joke! Trying to hotel pax at LHR is even worse now that
48 Pilotboi : Yup she came from LHR. She's already turned back around and heading towards the sun. VS76 is also on her way, about 3.5 hours out from MAN.
49 TristarSteve : Made me look it up. There were actually 121 pax on board, only 4 empty seats. The aircraft carried onto LHR after refueeling.
50 LHR380 : Anyone that is given Hotel Accommodation by the airlines at LHR get Hotel Hoppa Tickets and do not pay. And also some of the Public buses run up and
51 Planesarecool : Why don't they divert to an airport like Bournemouth? I was quite surprised to drive past yesterday and see no diverted aircraft. There is a more tha
52 Severnaya : Actually should have been 18R, as 36L is never used. A whole 200ft? Does this really matter?
53 Leezyjet : Gee I hadn't thought of that !!. But back to what I said, LHR manages to do it, so why is LGW the national joke ?. At LHR they only clear the centre
54 Yellowtail : Well airlines like CO etc....do have staff in AMS etc to take care of the passengers....chances of having staff in Bournemouth...much less...
55 Flyingfool : Final correction: it actually landed on RWY 36R... Mike
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