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Malta to London flights axed as Storm Ciara batters UK

Flights between Malta and the UK have been disrupted after Britain’s biggest storm in seven years swept across much of Scotland, England and Wales.

Storm Ciara battered Britain with rivers bursting their banks, and gale force winds tearing down trees, cranes and a windmill.

Eight Air Malta flights to London were cancelled because of the horrendous weather conditions in the UK on Sunday.

Air Malta said that passengers would be offered free re-bookings to the same destination or full refund of ticket.

The affected flights were:

  • KM100 from Malta to London Heathrow
  • KM101 from London Heathrow to Malta
  • KM116 from Malta to London Gatwick
  • KM117 from London Gatwick to Malta
  • KM102 from Malta to London Heathrow
  • KM103 from London Heathrow to Malta
  • KM118 from Malta to London Gatwick
  • KM119 from London Gatwick to Malta

An Easyjet service from Southend in Essex to Malta was delayed because of the stormy weather while British Airways flights between Malta and Gatwick were cancelled.

BA said in a statement: ‘Like all airlines operating into and out of the UK, we are expecting to be impacted by the adverse weather conditions across parts of the UK on Sunday.’

The airline said it was offering rebooking options for customers on flights flying to and from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City.

Malta Airport posted a list of cancelled and delayed flights on its website.

Drivers across the UK were warned they face treacherous conditions with reports of fallen trees and other debris blocking roads, while firefighters in Blackpool had to rescue a motorist whose car got stuck in deep floodwater.

Rail companies in England, Scotland and Wales urged passengers not to travel, including Gatwick Express, Grand Central, Great Northern, Hull Trains, LNER, Northern, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink and TransPennine Express.

The other affected lines were:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • c2c
  • Chiltern Railways
  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Railway
  • GWR
  • Greater Anglia
  • Heathrow Express
  • Hull Trains
  • Island Line
  • London Northwestern Railway
  • London Overground
  • Merseyrail, Northern
  • ScotRail
  • South Western Railway
  • Stansted Express
  • TfL Rail
  • Transport for Wales
  • West Midlands Railway

Further wintry weather is set to hit the UK on Monday and Tuesday, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for snow and ice in the North West, Yorkshire, and the Midlands.

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