Snow, travel and flight cancellations: how to find out if the weather will affect your trip

Laura Hampson

Bad news: the beast from the East is back.

Snow can mean flight delays and cancellations which means thousands of UK travellers are displaced thanks to snow disrupting UK airports.

So how do you know if your flight has been cancelled?

Thankfully, travel giant Skyscanner has created a go-to page for passengers wanting to check the status of their flights.

The Skyscanner arrivals and departure board is updated in real time and contains flight information from all of the UK’s airports.

What should you do if your flight is delayed or cancelled?

Firstly, your airline should be in contact with you to tell you if your flight is delayed or cancelled. If it is delayed, make your way to the airport at the re-scheduled time. If it is cancelled, they should try and book you on an alternative flight.

Airlines don’t have to pay if your flight is delayed due to snow as it is classified as an “extraordinary circumstance”.

However, if your flight is cancelled due to snow then you should be offered a refund or booked on an alternative flight.

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British Airways said in a statement: "We recognise the uncertainty that the bad weather may be causing customers and have therefore introduced a range of flexible rebooking options for customers flying to or from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or London City airports.

"If you are due to travel on any short haul service, regardless of whether your flight is currently showing as operating or not, you can rebook your flight to a later date and travel on dates up to and including Wednesday 21 March.

"In addition, if you are due to travel on a long haul service to or from London Heathrow, regardless of whether your flight is currently showing as operating or not, you can rebook your flight to a later date and travel on dates up to and including Wednesday 21 March."

For compensation, you will need to check out the EU regulations, which you can do here.

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