Heavy fog disrupted air traffic at London's Heathrow Airport for the first two days of the New Year.
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Background: Heavy fog disrupted air traffic at London's Heathrow Airport for the first two days of the New Year. On Monday (January 1) only five aircraft landed and twenty-two took off. In normal weather there would have been 750 take-offs and landings. It was one of the worst fogs at Heathrow in three years. The other airports in the south east of England, Luton and Gatwick were also badly affected by the weather.
On Monday, several thousand passengers were stranded because of the fog. The heavy fog cover extended well into Tuesday (January 2). Regular traffic began flowing at the airport in mid-morning, but the Heathrow meteorological office expected the heavy fog to return by mid-evening Tuesday and continue at least united Wednesday morning.
SYNOPSIS: Heavy fog disrupted air traffic at London's Heathrow Airport for the first two days of the New Year. On Monday, New Year's Day, only five aircraft landed and twenty-two took off from the airport. The traffic in normal weather would have been seven hundred and fifty take-offs and landings. With flights cancelled or diverted elsewhere, the Heathrow terminal buildings were almost deserted to Tuesday morning.
The travel plans of several thousand passengers were disrupted by the fog - the worst at Heathrow for three years. Many passengers had been diverted to Manchester in north England and to Prestwick in Scotland, and others faced detours of thousands of miles through centres in Europe and the Middle East. Heathrow re-opened on Tuesday, but weather men expected more fog and further disruption at the airport.