Pilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9 Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8060 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.
Pilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8014 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
Spottingpete93 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7514 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!
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.
Tommy212 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7246 times:
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)
B) FROM: 10/01/13 08:53C) TO: 10/01/13 12:30 EST
E) AD CLOSED FOR SNOW CLEARANCE
Lxlgu From South Africa, joined Sep 2000, 1085 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7211 times:
It looks like it will be madness!
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