Jump to content
Complete France Forum

Gatwick & Snow


Recommended Posts

It's a re-run of last year. This weekend last year our flight out of Gatwick was cancelled half-an-hour before it was due to leave, with no prior announcement being made. It then took over an hour before the ground staff deigned (of whom there were several standing around helping no-one) to escort us from the airside area to groundside - where we had to queue up with incoming passengers to go through passport control. I just hope that they have better procedures in place this year because last year the ground handling company (Menzies) managed to make an unfortunate situation far worse by the inaction and arrogant attitude of their staff. We were extremely lucky to get flights out of Bristol for the first thing next morning, and after a drive through worsening weather to Bristol at silly-o'clock in the morning we were VERY fortunate that our flight left before Bristol, too, closed.

This year we are supposed to be going to Ireland ...



Link to comment
Share on other sites

Maybe not a bad idea for anyone travelling to have a copy of their rights about their person [;-)]


Note it refers to 'checked in passengers' so always try to check in online if possible but you can further check your eligibility here:


Link to comment
Share on other sites

In the good old days when I worked at Heathrow ....like 1963 when it snowed a bit .We made the place work..I dont remember it grinding to a halt  . No health and safety to worry about.then .I remember frost forming on my coat while out on the tarmac I dont think they cared if we froze to death as long as the aircrtaft movements took place     As for passemgers sitting 5 hours in a plane stopped a hundred yards or so of the finger by snow ...Whats happened to steps ? Cant they shove steps up to aircraft these days and walk passengers over the tarmac.into the building .. Or is that a health and safety issue now ?  I cant believe what I am seeing on the news ..

Link to comment
Share on other sites

[quote user="Frederick"]

In the good old days when I worked at Heathrow ....like 1963 when it snowed a bit .[/quote]

Well, that's before Heathrow came under Spanish ownership. They only have sunshine in Spain so its owners don't see the need for snow clearance ....

More seriously, Ferrovial seems to be more interested in milking the airside lounges at Heathrow as retail space cash cows than actually running an airport.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...