Heathrow airport: Will Heathrow airport be closed or open when Storm Dennis hits UK?

Storm Dennis is expected to lash the UK with winds up to 60mph this weekend. The Met Office has issued amber and yellow weather warnings across the country, with widespread travel disruption likely.

The UK is still reeling from the effects of Storm Ciara, which in some places blasted the UK with 97mph winds.

The storm meant many flights were cancelled across the country, including London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

On Sunday, Heathrow consolidated its flight schedule to minimise the number of cancelled flights.

Between 10am on Saturday until 12pm on Sunday, a yellow wind warning covers England and will cover Heathrow Airport.

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Heathrow will also be under the Met Office’s yellow warning for rain, which is in place between 12pm on Saturday until 9pm on Sunday night.

The Met Office warn: “Storm Dennis is expected to bring very heavy rain, flooding and disruption to travel over the weekend.”

Heathrow Airport has not announced it will be closed this weekend, but the flight schedule is expected to be disrupted.

In light of Storm Dennis’ impending arrival, British Airways has warned passengers of potential travel disruption this weekend.

The airline is offering passengers due to travel to and from the capital the chance to change their flights.

In a statement, BA said: “We recognise the uncertainty that the expected bad weather may be causing customers, and have therefore introduced flexible rebooking options for customers booked on short-haul flights in or out of Heathrow, Gatwick or London City airports on Saturday.

“Safety is at the heart of everything we do, and our highly trained team is carefully monitoring the weather this weekend.

“If you are booked on a short-haul flight to/from Heathrow, Gatwick or London City airports on Saturday 15 February, and wish to change your plans, you can rebook to bring your flight forward to Friday 14 February, or delay your travel to another flight between Sunday 16 February and Wednesday 19 February, inclusive.”

If your flights are eligible, you may be able to book onto an earlier flight or delay your flight until a later date.

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If your flights are cancelled this weekend, you may be able to reschedule your flight across all airlines.

Emma Grimster, spokeswoman at TravelSupermarket, said: “If your flight is cancelled, the airline must give you the option of rebooking an alternative flight, or if there are no suitable flights you can request a refund.

“If you are delayed by two hours or more, your airline should also provide you with food while you wait and accommodation where appropriate.

“However, as weather conditions are out of the control of the airlines, they will not be liable for the cost of your onwards accommodation or any other arrangements you have booked ahead.

“Be aware of what your travel insurance policy offers in terms of assistance to claim back any costs incurred.

“For full details of the rules and regulations on delays and cancellations download an app called ‘Passenger Rights’ or check the CAA website which has comprehensive information.”

If you are hoping to travel this weekend, keep a close eye on flight schedules and any updates from your airline on their website.

If your flight remains scheduled, plan your journey to the airport in advance.

Leave with plenty of time to spare, in case there are any delays on road/train routes, and make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for the weather conditions.

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