Storm Ciara Flight Disruption At London Airports

Airlines have cancelled flights and are putting in place flexible rebooking policies due to Storm Ciara which is causing disruption to flights at London airports.

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London Heathrow Terminal 5A
London Heathrow Terminal 5A (Image Credit: Heathrow)

Storm Ciara is causing significant disruption across the UK on Sunday 9 February 2020.

The latest weather updates are available from the Met Office. There is disruption to flights at all London airports. Other airports in the UK and mainland Europe may of course also be disrupted.

Winter storm “Sabine” is also expected to cause disruption over Northern and Central Europe until Tuesday 11 February 2020. Lufthansa has advised of very significant disruption, particularly at Munich airport, on Monday 10 February 2020.

As at 19:30 GMT on Saturday 8 February 2020, Heathrow airport has advised airlines to reduce the number of aircraft arrivals & departures from early Sunday morning.

As is always the case at Heathrow, BA’s short-haul operation is taking the brunt of cancellations. There is some residual disruption on Monday 10 February.

Here are links to arrivals and departures pages for London City, Gatwick and Heathrow airports:

London City Arrivals & Departures

London Gatwick Arrivals
London Gatwick Departures

London Heathrow Arrivals
London Heathrow Departures

Passengers are advised to take advantage of proactive rebooking policies where possible. As this is a fluid situation, these policies may be amended at any time.

Airport Tube & Rail Services

“Do not travel” warnings have been issued for Sunday 9 February by Gatwick Express and Southern Rail who operate rail services to Gatwick airport. A reduced service will operate on these routes due to speed restrictions.

The latest network wide advice is available from National Rail.

British Airways

As at 19:00 GMT on Sunday 9 February 2020, BA has cancelled a very large number of short-haul flights from London Heathrow throughout the day on Sunday 9 February. There are also some long-haul cancellations at Heathrow.

At London City, there is a high number of cancellations. Some short-haul flights have also been cancelled at Gatwick.

BA’s transatlantic joint business partner American Airlines has also cancelled a number of flights.

BA has put in place a flexible rebooking policy for all short-haul passengers due to fly to / from London City on Sunday 9 February and London Gatwick and Heathrow on Sunday 9 and Monday 10 February.

All short-haul passengers can rebook onto alternative BA services (as well as those of Iberia and Finnair) from Monday 10 to Thursday 13 February 2020. It is strongly recommend that you take advantage of this, if possible. If your flight is cancelled you are of course entitled to a full refund.

Passengers can check the status of their booking using the Manage My Booking tool on and should contact BA or their travel agent.

The latest flight status information is also available on

If your journey has been disrupted please see this page on to submit a claim for disruption related expenses.


Flybe has implemented a flexible rebooking policy and any passengers due to travel up to Monday 10 February can rebook to an alternative flight, or to an alternative nearby destination up to 7 days ahead.

More details are available from Flybe.


As at 21:00 GMT on Friday 7 February 2020, KLM has implemented a flexible rebooking policy for all passengers due to fly to / from Amsterdam Schiphol airport from Sunday 9 February to Tuesday 11 February. Passengers can rebook up to Tuesday 18 February 2020.

Further details are available from KLM.

Virgin Atlantic

As at 19:30 GMT on Saturday 8 February 2020, Virgin Atlantic has put in place a flexible rebooking policy for all passengers due to fly with the airline to / from Gatwick and Heathrow on Sunday 9 February 2020 can rebook until Sunday 8 March 2020.

Virgin has also cancelled eight inbound flights to London that were due to arrive on Sunday morning and eight outbound flights that were due to depart from London on Sunday.

Details of these flights and the latest guidance is available from Virgin Atlantic.

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