UK weather: Flights cancelled as Met Office fog warning extends from Newcastle to Exeter

FLIGHTS have been cancelled and more face delays in England today due to thick fog.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather alert for dense mist which stretched all the way from Newcastle to Exeter.

Thick fog has seen scores of flights disrupted today

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Thick fog has seen scores of flights disrupted todayCredit: Alamy
Commuters endure dense fog on the A3 Kingston Bypass, south-west London

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Commuters endure dense fog on the A3 Kingston Bypass, south-west LondonCredit: LNP
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning

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The Met Office issued a yellow weather warningCredit: MET Office

The warning, which was in force until 10am, urged people to take extra care if venturing out during the “challenging” conditions.

It also advised bus, rail and air journey times could be slower or called off completely.

Forecasters said: “Large areas of fog have developed across much of England overnight with visibility of 50-100 metres in many places leading to some challenging travel conditions.

“Fog will gradually lift through mid to late morning.”

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London City Airport experienced disruption, with 13 flights cancelled before 9.30am.

Hold-ups were expected on other routes throughout the day thanks to the “adverse” weather, a spokesperson added.

Some British Airways departures from Heathrow Terminal 5 are also impacted.

An airline spokesperson said: “Like other airlines, we’ve had to make a small number of changes to our schedule today due to Air Traffic Control restrictions resulting from fog in the London area.

“We’ve apologised to customers whose flights have been affected and our teams are working hard to get them to their destinations as quickly as possible.”

Airports elsewhere in the country, including Gatwick and East Midlands, appear to be operating as normal.

Anyone with a ticket to fly on February 14 is urged check with their airline before making their way to the airport.

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Warning Australians could miss out on Christmas holiday flights, accommodation

If you thought the chaos at airports over the July school holidays was enough to send you mad, experts say a whole lot more pain is coming – and not just when it comes to flying.

With Christmas holidays creeping up and the busiest holiday period just around the corner, Aussies hoping for a breezy summer escape are being warned to book now – or face being left out in the cold.

Accommodation platform Stayz revealed one-in-five Aussies have already booked their end of year holiday, with newly released data predicting a possible sold out summer in top holiday home destinations over the Christmas break.

“Booking for year-end Christmas holidays in July is now the norm” says Simone Scoppa, travel expert at Stayz.

“Prior to the pandemic, we knew that travellers mostly booked Christmas holidays in the month of September. But, the last two years have seen this peak period move to July as travellers get in early to secure their holiday home.”

According to the research, families heading into the silly season are increasingly searching for whole holiday homes with pools, in a waterfront or beachside location, and for the accommodation offering to be pet friendly.

Ms Scoppa said heading into July and August, the most popular destinations that have seen a spike in summer bookings include the Fraser Coast in QLD, the South West region of WA, the Barossa wine region in South Australia and smaller coastal towns along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

Airbnb, who recently launched the ‘Categories’ section for unique-style homes, predict this summer will have an increased interest from the international market now that border restrictions are over.

“While traditional holiday destinations continue to be popular, last year we saw guests seeking stays in those lesser-known locations that might be slightly further

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