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Storms spark chaos at Stansted, Eurotunnel passengers face five-hour wait and huge queues at Dover

Heavy thunderstorms across the UK last night have sparked travel ‘chaos’ for holidaymakers as they experience long delays on flights, ferries and Eurotunnel trains.  

The knock-on effect of thunderstorms across London and eastern England on Friday night has caused delays, with further flight cancellations expected due to thunderstorms in Europe.

London Stansted Airport has seemingly been affected the most by the abrupt end of the UK’s heatwave.

While Birmingham, Manchester, Luton and Gatwick airports have also been impacted by delays and cancellations.

London Stansted Airport has seemingly been affected the most by the abrupt end of the UK’s heatwave

Frustrated passengers have took to social media to share images of themselves stuck in busy departure halls after the dramatic thunderstorms rolled into Britain

Frustrated passengers have took to social media to share images of themselves stuck in busy departure halls after the dramatic thunderstorms rolled into Britain

Frustrated passengers have took to social media to share images of themselves stuck in busy departure halls after the dramatic thunderstorms rolled into Britain.

Meanwhile, passengers travelling to France on cross-Channel rail operator Eurotunnel have been warned they could face waits of up five hours at its Folkestone terminal.

Families heading for summer getaways on the Continent by ferry were told to expect long queues on the roads into the Port of Dover with a minimum two-hour wait to get through border checks.

P&O ferries advised its customers to take plenty of drinks, snacks and entertainment for their wait.

Holidaymakers at Standsted have bemoaned the ‘chaos’ and ‘horrific’ organisation as they wait to board their planes.

Gatwick Airport is also suffering problems and has tweeted out: ‘Adverse weather across Europe is affecting flights in and outbound from Gatwick Airport, this may result in delays and cancellations.

‘Please contact your airline for specific flight information before you travel to the airport.’

Gatwick Airport is also suffering problems and has tweeted out: 'Adverse weather across Europe is affecting flights in and outbound from Gatwick Airport, this may result in delays and cancellations'

Gatwick Airport is also suffering problems and has tweeted out: ‘Adverse weather across Europe is affecting flights in and outbound from Gatwick Airport, this may result in delays and cancellations’

Passengers took to social media to share the 'chaos' they were experiencing at Stansted 

Passengers took to social media to share the ‘chaos’ they were experiencing at Stansted 

A Stansted Airport spokesman said long queues shown in pictures posted on social media were caused by passengers who stayed overnight in the airport trying to re-book cancelled flights with airlines.

‘There are no cancellations but there are delays because of the knock-on effect and some restrictions because of storm activity in Europe,’ he said.

‘All the advice is, if you are due to travel today, check with your airline about your individual flight.’ 

Passenger Rowan Parker fumed on Twitter: ‘Well, it seems I’m fated to suffer from excessive waiting around in airports this week.

‘Stuck in Luton due to thunderstorms. Most flights delayed up to 2 hours. Hopefully home before midnight. Supposed to be back in Glasgow around now. Sigh.’ 

Luton Airport tweeted: ‘Due to thunderstorm activity across Europe this morning, air traffic control restrictions are in place and some flights may be subject to delay or cancellation.’

A Heathrow Airport spokeswoman said: ‘We seem to be experiencing some minor delays.’

Travel chaos and delays at Stansted Airport pictured amid thunderstorms last night

Travel chaos and delays at Stansted Airport pictured amid thunderstorms last night

Frustrated passengers have took to social media to share images of themselves stuck in busy departure halls after the dramatic thunderstorms rolled into Britain

Frustrated passengers have took to social media to share images of themselves stuck in busy departure halls after the dramatic thunderstorms rolled into Britain

Frustrated passengers have took to social media to share images of themselves stuck in busy departure halls after the dramatic thunderstorms rolled into Britain

Nats, the UK air traffic control service, which was due to handle 8,841 flights in 24 hours, said thunderstorms have affected flights across the UK.

‘NATS is working closely with the airports and airlines to ensure safety and to continue providing the most efficient operation possible during this adverse weather period,’ a statement said.

‘Dealing with bad weather is one of the most difficult things for air traffic controllers to manage.

‘Its unpredictable nature means aircraft are not able to fly their usual routes, which results in unusual flight patterns.

‘Thunderstorms are particularly disruptive as they effectively block large swathes of airspace because aircraft cannot fly through them.

‘Passengers are advised to contact their airline for the latest information on individual flights.’



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