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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Heavy snow causes travel misery for UK passengers

Motorists in some parts of northern England were warned they might have to abandon their cars on Friday

Heavy snowfall in Scotland and the rest of the UK has disrupted road and air travel, causing travellers to suspend their plans.

Motorists in some parts of northern England have been warned they might have to abandon their cars on Friday because of the treacherous conditions on some of the country’s roads.

Temperatures dropped well below freezing in the UK overnight with a temperature of minus 12.3 degrees Celsius being recorded in the Scottish Highlands.

Glasgow Airport announced on Friday morning that it was suspending all flights as snow continued to fall.

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“We regret that operations are temporarily suspended at the airport. Our winter operations teams are working to reopen as soon as possible. We advise passengers to check with their airline for updates and apologise for any disruption,” the airport tweeted on Friday morning.

Some passengers were left stuck on the tarmac, including one newlywed who was flying away for her honeymoon.

Glasgow Airport later reopened, however the short closure meant that many flights were delayed and cancelled.

By 10am (2pm GST) on Friday morning, 10cm of snow had accumulated in less than two hours in the Scottish city.

Earlier this week, worsening weather conditions grounded flights at London Stansted, forcing hundreds of airline passengers to spend the night sleeping on chairs at the airport.

Around 300 people were left stranded in airport after their flights were delayed or cancelled. Some passengers were forced to wait for hours to reclaim their luggage after learning their flights had been cancelled after checking in.

Stansted Airport staff said they had provided blankets and beds for those who were spending the night in the terminal, however, this was disputed by travellers on Twitter.

“Definitely no blankets or food or any support for passengers who have been stuck here for 8 hours plus . . .” one passenger tweeted.

The UK’s national weather forecaster, the Met Office, has issued fresh alerts for the weekend, warning that ice could cause further disruption in Scotland, Wales and northern parts of England in the final days of 2017.