Gatwick Airport passengers warned to expect delays

Passengers waiting at Gatwick Airport
Image caption Passengers have been urged to check with airlines before travelling to the airport

Passengers have been warned to expect disruption at Gatwick as the airport attempts to return to a normal schedule following the recent severe weather.

The airport said there would continue to be cancellations and delays and people should check with airlines before travelling.

It said industrial action at Spanish airports was also affecting flights.

Flights resumed at Gatwick on Friday after heavy snow and icy weather shut the runway for two days.

Gatwick Express said it would be running regular services on Saturday and Sunday.

'Weather permitting'

A spokesman of for Gatwick Airport said: "Gatwick Airport is open, however, passengers should expect delays and cancellations as it is likely to take a few days before flight schedules return to normal.

"Our advice to passengers remains - do not travel to the airport without first checking with your airline to make sure that your flight is departing.

"Train services to and from the airport continue to be limited, however bus services are also available."

Image caption The airport was forced to close after it was covered in a blanket of snow on Wednesday

Elsewhere in Sussex, Southeastern Trains said it aimed to run a normal Saturday and Sunday timetable "weather permitting".

Southern Railway said it would be running a revised timetable over the weekend and there were no services west of Chichester, east of Hastings or south of Oxted.

The firm also said there were no trains to Epsom Downs, Tattenham Corner, Caterham, Reigate and Tonbridge.

Motorists were urged to take extra care on Saturday, as rain and sleet fell on to frozen ground.

The UK has been experiencing the earliest widespread snowfall since 1993.

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