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Friday, 14 September, 2001, 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK
UK airports at a glance
Planes on tarmac at Heathrow airport
US airspace is open and flights are slowly resuming
American and Canadian airspace re-opened on Thursday, but flights will resume on a case-by-case basis.

The situation on Friday airport by airport:

Heathrow: A few United Airlines and American Airlines flights are expected to leave on Friday evening. British Airways planning three flights to Canada on Friday.

Several flights have arrived from America and Canada during the day.

All passengers are urged to contact their airline before leaving for the airport. Disruptions are expected to continue into the weekend.

All flights to Europe and other destinations are running normally.

British Airways has resumed its flights to Tel Aviv with four daily flights scheduled. It has suspended flights to Islamabad, Pakistan because of its proximity to Afghanistan.

Passengers are still urged to leave extra time to check in, and are recommended that no sharp items are carried in hand luggage.

Gatwick: Nine transatlantic flights scheduled to leave on Friday along with several flights to Canada.

Most other flights operating normally including those to destinations near the US such as Mexico and South America.

Extra security measures are in place, and passengers are urged to leave extra time before departure.

London City Airport: Re-opened on Friday. Until the full lifting of the ban on flying over central London at midnight on Sunday, aircraft using London City will follow special procedures and flight paths.

Luton: Most flights are on schedule. For information on Easyjet, try their website or call: 0870 6 000 000 for more information.

Stansted: Continental airlines flights CO39 to New York cancelled for Friday and Saturday. Passengers should contact Continental Airlines (0800 776464) for more information.

Passengers are advised to expect minor delays and allow some extra time because of knock-on congestion.

Birmingham: Continental Airlines 1105 flight to Newark cancelled on Friday, but American Airlines' flight for Chicago left at 1205. Air Transat flight for Canada scheduled for Tuesday left at 1430.

Airtours Orlando charter flight cancelled, but the Canada 3000 Toronto flight was due to leave on Friday evening.

All other flights are unaffected although passengers are advised to allow extra time to check-in due to extra security checks and are asked to keep hand baggage to a minimum.

Manchester: Seventeen flights to the USA were due to leave Manchester Airport on Friday but nine have been cancelled.

A decision is awaited on the others, including some holiday charter flights to Orlando, but they too are likely to be put off.

Newcastle: All flights running to schedule, except for two transatlantic charter flights. Passengers on those flights should contact their travel agents for more information.

Leeds Bradford: Domestic and short-haul European flights continuing as normal with no delays reported. The airport does not have scheduled flights to North America.

Liverpool: Some delays on flights to Europe, but no cancellations on Friday. Check with airlines for details.

Bristol: No direct flights to the US from Bristol so it is anticipated that disruptions will be minimal.

East Midlands Airport: The airport is operating as normal, with no delays reported. No transatlantic flights are scheduled until Monday.

Exeter: All UK and European flights are running to time.

Southampton: No transatlantic flights and only slight delays of about 20 minutes reported. Passengers should check-in as normal.


Glasgow: Three transatlantic flights departed on Friday, two for Canada and one for the US.

Another service to North America, the Continental Airlines lunchtime service to New York, was cancelled.

An Air Canada flight from Toronto arrived at Glasgow Airport at 0840 BST Friday. A Canada 3000 service from Halifax and Toronto arrived at 1450 BST.

Flights to Heathrow and Gatwick are taking off as planned, but some delays are possible.

Edinburgh: Most services operating as normal with some minor delays.

Aberdeen: Aberdeen does not operate scheduled flights to North America, but slight delays to the UK and short-haul European services are expected.

Prestwick: Disruption at Prestwick is fairly minimal as no transatlantic flights are scheduled. The airport is trying to take hand luggage from passengers and put it into the hold wherever possible.


Cardiff: Britannia flight to Orlando cancelled on Friday. Flight due to arrive at Cardiff from Orlando 0435 Saturday cancelled.

Non transatlantic flights operating pretty much to time and passengers advised to check in as normal.

Northern Ireland

Belfast: Most flights operating pretty much to time. Passengers advised to ring ahead.

Passengers are asked to minimise hand luggage. Some airlines are not allowing any hand luggage into the cabin.

Phone numbers:

  • British Airways: 0845 7799977
  • Continental: 0800 776464
  • Virgin Atlantic: 01293 747747
  • KLM/North West: 0870 507 4074
  • British Midland: 0870607 0555
  • American Airlines: 0845 7789789
  • United Airlines: 0845844777 option 3
  • Air India: 020 8745 1000
  • Singapore Airlines: 020 8745 4151
  • Qantas: 0845 7747767
  • Air Canada: 0870 524 7226

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