Snow chaos at airports grips events industry

Imex Group and TFI are among events industry professionals impacted by disruption caused by the snowy weather conditions.

Snowy conditions have caused Heathrow airport to cut flights by 10% today
Snowy conditions have caused Heathrow airport to cut flights by 10% today

Following a joint decision by Heathrow, airlines and air traffic control, the flight schedule at Heathrow has been reduced in a bid to minimise expected disruption caused by low visibility.

Today’s flight schedule (21 January) has been reduced by 10%, while yesterday’s was cut by 20%.

Meanwhile, at Gatwick the airport is operating as normal, however passengers can expect some delays to flights due to the weather conditions across the UK and Europe.

It was the same story at Stansted – which is being sold to the owner of Manchester Airport for £1.5bn – with delays to flights, due to "de-icing issues", according to a spokesman.

Read more snow stories from the events industry here.

Tweets from the industry:

Imex

@Imex_Group Glad to have @IMEXCarina @IMEXAlex & Nikki back home after flight cancellations. Our thanks to @PalazzoVegas for their extended hospitality.

TFI Group

@TFIGroup 45 minutes waiting for the stairs to be attached to the air plane. How ridiculous is this @British_Airways ????

‏@British_Airways @TFIGroup We're sorry for the inconvenience. Reduced departure & arrival rates means a stand/steps are not always immediately available.

W&O Events

@HannahLuffman At heathrow waiting for flight to #sanfrancisco for medical oncology congress #ASCOGI #Mosconecenter #cityoflove

‏@HannahLuffman all set so far ! Heathrow doing excellent job. No queues. No hassle. #eventprofs #travel

Ricoh Arena

@RicohArena Business as usual here at the Ricoh Arena despite the snow! Preparations are underway for the @tradeonly show!

Carlson Wagonlit

@CWT_APAC #Malaysia: Bad #weather forced 11 flights to be diverted from #KLIA. Travellers advised to reconfirm #KL flights. http://bit.ly/10fl56M

Live Experience

@live_experience Well done everyone who battled into work this morning. It takes more than a bit of snow to stop most #eventprofs right?! #LE2013

Clearwater Events

@clearwaterevent Stay safe on the roads this morning! We are working from home, but its business as usual for us in Brum.

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