Icy conditions force hundreds of flight cancellations in Europe

Hundreds of flights across t he UK were cancelled as a number of airports were forced to shut down yesterday due to heavy snow.

Gatwick, Edinburgh, Dundee, Durham Tees Valley and Doncaster (Robin Hood) were completely shut leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

A number of other airports also saw delays and cancellations including London City, Heathrow, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle.

Reports say this is the worst disruption suffered by British aviation after the ash crisis in April, which led to the suspension of thousands of flights across the whole of Europe.

Elsewhere in Europe air services continued to suffer similarly as a number of airports including Frankfurt and Geneva remained shut.

The disruption has left thousands more passengers stranded in Europe, though they are entitled to meals and accommodation if required from their airline, under the EU's consumer protection laws.