New icy blast cancels over 100 flights at London Heathrow

In this file photo, a British Airways aircraft takes off after snowfall at Heathrow airport in London. (Reuters)
Updated 17 March 2018

New icy blast cancels over 100 flights at London Heathrow

London: A fresh bout of snow on Saturday forced the cancelation of more than 100 flights in and out of London’s Heathrow Airport, with a bad forecast threatening further disruption.
Transatlantic flights were among more than 115 grounded so far, with British Airways canceling multiple domestic flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester and services to European destinations.
“While this weekend’s weather may result in minor delays and some airlines consolidating flights, significant disruption at Heathrow is not currently expected,” said a Heathrow spokesman.
“We are working closely with our on-site Met Office to monitor the further snowfall expected throughout the weekend.”
The airport canceled scores of flights at the end of last month following the arrival of the “Beast from the East” snowstorm.
The new icy blast bas been dubbed the “mini-Beast from the East,” with disruption expected to be less widespread and sustained.


Delhi’s air turns hazardous again, government issues health warnings

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Delhi’s air turns hazardous again, government issues health warnings

  • ‘Severe’ air quality prompted health warnings from the government for the 12th time in two months
  • Air quality levels in Delhi have moved between “very poor” to “severe” during the last two weeks due to cooler temperatures
NEW DELHI: Air quality in India’s capital New Delhi plummeted to “severe” on Wednesday due to a drop in temperature and wind speed that trapped pollutants in the atmosphere, prompting health warnings from the government for the 12th time in two months.
On Tuesday, the air quality index crossed 400, indicating a level of pollution that affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases, according to government guidance.
The index measures small particulate matter of 2.5 microns or less in diameter (PM2.5) that can penetrate the lungs and enter the blood system. Chronic exposure to such particles contributes to the risk of developing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, as well as lung cancer, according to the World Health Organization.
The Ministry of Health said those vulnerable to health risks should avoid outdoor physical activities when the air quality index is between poor to severe.
Air quality levels in Delhi have moved between “very poor” to “severe” during the last two weeks due to cooler temperatures. Schools were closed for four days in November when the index climbed past 500.
Government-run monitor SAFAR has forecast rains in the next two days. Showers tend to bring down pollution levels.