max temp: 7°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Passengers frustrated after snow closes Stansted runway

12:39 05 December 2012

Passengers queue at Stansted Airport in Essex following delays and cancellations with some flights due to snow fall overnight

Passengers queue at Stansted Airport in Essex following delays and cancellations with some flights due to snow fall overnight

Passengers stranded after snow forced Stansted Airport to close its runway for two hours have spoken of their frustration.


The Essex airport had to close at 6.20am, just as the day’s first flights were due to operate.

Long queues formed throughout the morning as travellers hoped to find alternative flights.

Among them were Steven Ingram, 56, and Stephen Allen, 49, both from Watford, who were due to fly to Spain to watch Barcelona’s match against Benfica this evening.

Spurs fan Mr Ingram said: “We left home at 3am for a 6.35am flight. We were on board and ready to go and then were told we’d have to get off again.

“The crazy thing was, we had to come back through passport control even though we hadn’t gone anywhere.

“We’ve been queuing for several hours and we’re still hoping we will get to Barcelona for the match tonight.

“With the travel to the airport, £65 match tickets and all the other costs involved, this could set us back quite a lot of money.”

Mr Allen, who supports Leeds United, said: “The most frustrating thing is nobody is telling us what’s going on.”

Tony and Marion Smith, from Bawdeswell, Norfolk, were due to fly to Fuerteventura to begin a three-week holiday.

They had also boarded their 6.30am flight when they were told it would not be taking off.

Mr Smith said: “The most annoying thing is the lack of information. We have tried visiting the Ryanair website but it doesn’t seem to be updating.

“You can’t help the weather, but there could be better organisation when problems like this happen.”

Mark Davison, head of communications for Stansted, said 23 outgoing and 20 incoming flights were cancelled. Most of these were Ryanair which operates the majority of flights from the airport.

He said: “We had early snow followed by falling temperatures and then more snow, which settled on ice, compounding the problem. It was certainly worse than had been forecast.

“We had the runway open again within two hours which, under the circumstances, we are satisfied with. A total area of 500,000 square metres needed to be cleared.

“Obviously nobody likes to be delayed and we have sympathy for those who have been affected, but we are doing everything we can to help them.”



East Anglian Air Ambulance

A motorist who was seriously injured in a crash on the A134 on Tuesday evening has died.

RAF Marham Tornado GR4 jets have taken part in bombing missions over Iraq.

Suffolk’s MPs are likely to provide a united front in support of the Government in any new debate on bombing Syria in the wake of the Paris atrocities.

The launch of the Bredfield Men In Pants calendar which is raising money for Macmillan.

A Suffolk village’s cheeky charity calendar is already raising thousands after doing a roaring trade on the night of its official launch.

Friars Street will be opened one way for the first time since the fire

Traffic will be able to access a Sudbury street from the town centre for the first time since a devastating fire destroyed historic buildings there nearly three months ago.


Michael Lee in drug rehab
ES 27 08 04
EADT 28 08 04
ES 7 09 04
ES 15 09 04

An increasing number of people in Suffolk and North Essex are dying from illegal drug use, an investigation can today reveal.

The Buttermarket Centre will become a £35m entertainment complex

Cinema giant Empire has signed up for a new £35m leisure complex being created in the Buttermarket Shopping Centre, Ipswich.

A12 closed after accident (Library photo)

Motorists travelling on the A12 this morning are being advised there are delays at junction 17 for Great Baddow, due to a lorry fire.

The Tories have, in theory, lost their majority at Endeavour House.

The resignation of Suffolk County Council’s former education spokeswoman Lisa Chambers from the authority has formally robbed the ruling Conservative group at Endeavour House of its majority.

Empty homes are being tackled

Nearly 780 homes have been identified as “long term empty” in the Suffolk Coastal area – but housing chiefs are confident they are getting to grips with the problem.

New homes planned for Poplar Lane Sproughton.

Babergh councillors are today being urged to give permission for more than 600 homes on the edge of Ipswich – despite strong opposition from the town itself.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24