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Funko
20-12-2006, 17:12:33
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6197007.stm

Bah, guess who's supposed to be flying shorthall from Heathrow in about 70 hours time...

:bash: :bash: :bash:

Frozen Frog
20-12-2006, 17:13:46
I give up: who?

Funko
20-12-2006, 17:14:14
Frozen Fog?! Are you taunting me?

King_Ghidra
20-12-2006, 17:20:20
:lol:

Funko
20-12-2006, 17:22:55
We could go by train instead, 6 hours, changing at Birmingham. Costs about 80 each for a ticket if we just turn up at the station on the day. Which, when you consider travel to the airport, check in times etc. is a bit longer and a bit more expensive but not too bad.

Problem is, not knowing whether you should book the alternative before the day of travel.

Funko
20-12-2006, 17:30:24
Best. Thread. Ever.

Vincent
20-12-2006, 17:49:56
fog u

Drekkus
20-12-2006, 17:55:11
I misread this as a kinky frogsex thread.

Fistandantilus
20-12-2006, 18:02:48
Originally posted by Frozen Frog
I give up: who?

:lol:

*End Is Forever*
20-12-2006, 18:06:25
shorthall? :lol:

Funko
20-12-2006, 18:07:44
:lol:

I didn't notice that. What a moron.

Funko
20-12-2006, 18:08:05
Take me on the short bus to the short hall.

fp
20-12-2006, 18:22:43
It'll be here shortly.

Tizzy
21-12-2006, 09:30:47
They're planning to fly just over half of the normal shorthaul flights out of Heathrow today so fingers crossed......

Funko
21-12-2006, 09:35:52
Well they cancelled 223 yesterday and they are planning to run 220/400 today, so they are still cancelling 180.

And they are cancelling all the domestic ones, because people can make other arrangements basically, which makes sense.

Funko
21-12-2006, 10:05:43
Ok, I now know the worst thing about this situation. All the people writing into the BBC comments site saying "Britain brought to it's knees by a bit of fog, what a pathetic country this is".

ARGH! Get back to reading Littlejohn.

Tizzy
21-12-2006, 10:08:52
The BBC Have Your Say drives me mad, it doesn't matter what the topic is you'll get comments like that.

Drekkus
21-12-2006, 10:56:07
Comments on the internet are always stupid!!

Tizzy
21-12-2006, 12:21:47
Commenting on the internets should be banned.

Frozen Frog
21-12-2006, 12:43:06
I'd like to respond to that.

Tizzy
21-12-2006, 12:49:31
Tough.

Frozen Frog
21-12-2006, 12:51:37
Yes.

Fistandantilus
22-12-2006, 09:20:37
Still foggily foggy? We've got a beautiful sun here, cold as north pole but a beautiful sun.

Funko
22-12-2006, 09:21:32
It is, alternate plans have been made.

Beta1
22-12-2006, 09:56:53
was stupidly foggy in london yesterday, I was standing on the bridge at putney and if you looked down you couldnt see the river.

Funko
22-12-2006, 10:08:50
We had a fairly hairy taxi ride back from Henley on Wednesday. It really was unbelievably bad visibility.

Drekkus
22-12-2006, 10:40:00
LOOKOUT!! IT'S THE FAIRLY HAIRY TAXI FAIRY!!!

King_Ghidra
22-12-2006, 10:45:26
:lol:

Tizzy
22-12-2006, 10:51:40
:lol:

*End Is Forever*
22-12-2006, 19:12:48
Slightly irritated at the media coverage - sure it's a story, but does it really justify three days at the top of the news headlines? These flights affect a tiny percentage of the UK population.

Anyway, wonder whether it'd still be lead item if it was Birmingham, Ringway, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow that were shut rather than Heathrow...

Colon
22-12-2006, 22:31:58
Congratulations Drekkus, first time ever I quote someone in my sig.

Greg W
23-12-2006, 06:09:08
And Funko scoffed at the reports of London being foggy about as often as it rains in Sydney. Hah I say now.

And :lol: @ Drekkus.

fp
23-12-2006, 14:36:14
Originally posted by *End Is Forever*

Anyway, wonder whether it'd still be lead item if it was Birmingham, Ringway, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow that were shut rather than Heathrow...

Would it have been as big a story if it affected far, far less people? Erm .... no.

*End Is Forever*
23-12-2006, 20:19:09
Those airports account for about three-quarters the amount of traffic that Heathrow does. Hardly insignificant.

Kitsuki
23-12-2006, 23:55:44
I flew from Bristol to Edinburgh on Thurs - despite being with Easyjet it left on time, arrived 20 mins early, and British Airways managed to provide me with three free newspapers despite me not being a customer.

Result!

Funko
29-12-2006, 12:55:05
Originally posted by *End Is Forever*
Slightly irritated at the media coverage - sure it's a story, but does it really justify three days at the top of the news headlines? These flights affect a tiny percentage of the UK population.

Anyway, wonder whether it'd still be lead item if it was Birmingham, Ringway, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow that were shut rather than Heathrow...

Lots of people had flights cancelled at those places, because they were flying to Heathrow! Glasgow certainly had a significant portion of its flights cancelled for a couple of days. They might account of 3/4 of the traffic but Heathrow is the busiest airport in the world when it comes to international traffic! Loads of people connect there from all over the world. It's a huge story. Plus, those other airports could cope because they are a lot less busy. So it wouldn't happen to them (which is why Stansted, Gatwick etc were much less badly affected). Heathrow really needs a third runway. Those other airports, whilst important, wouldn't be such a big story, and rightly so.

Anyway, we got the train, it was fine. We'll probably get the train in future, a lot less hassle and doesn't take much longer.

Drekkus
29-12-2006, 13:08:30
I still don't get how Heathrow can handle all that traffic with just two runways. Schiphol has added a fifth runway recently (after years and years of opposition) and has only half the traffic, or something like that.

Lazarus and the Gimp
29-12-2006, 14:08:29
Yes, but it's run by the Dutch.

Drekkus
29-12-2006, 14:39:04
What makes it the best airport in Europe.

http://www.businesstraveller.com/default.asp?Page=3&PUB=67&ISS=22467&SID=650754

MoSe
29-12-2006, 14:44:45
Originally posted by Funko
We had a fairly hairy taxi ride

Greek driver?

Funko
02-01-2007, 09:24:58
Originally posted by Drekkus
I still don't get how Heathrow can handle all that traffic with just two runways. Schiphol has added a fifth runway recently (after years and years of opposition) and has only half the traffic, or something like that.

Well, it can't if anything goes wrong eg fog. Frankfurt has 3 or 4 too. One of the Heathrow or BA spokespeople was saying that if there are a lot of incidents like this people will start going to Amsterdam or Frankfurt for connections instead and Heathrow will lose business.

MOBIUS
02-01-2007, 12:25:23
Ahhh, the fog was amaaaaazing!:)

Just before Xmas we took a long w/e in the W of Wales and on the drive down we drove the A40 along the Tywi Valley between Llandeilo and Camarthen - the fog diffused sunset with the skeletal silhouettes of the trees reflecting off the placid waters of the river were truly stunning to behold!:beer:

It was a bit annoying later on when you could barely see 10 yards in front of you, but you can't have everything.

the Fin
02-01-2007, 12:32:43
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Funko
08-01-2007, 10:37:23
Originally posted by *End Is Forever*
Slightly irritated at the media coverage - sure it's a story, but does it really justify three days at the top of the news headlines? These flights affect a tiny percentage of the UK population.

Anyway, wonder whether it'd still be lead item if it was Birmingham, Ringway, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow that were shut rather than Heathrow...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/6240147.stm

Bristol Airport being shut was high up the running order of the news I saw yesterday and for the previous few days...

MOBIUS
08-01-2007, 11:52:20
I'm supposed to be flying out of there on the Friday...:scared:

Funko
08-01-2007, 11:58:10
It's fine if you aren't landing there in the rain.

MOBIUS
08-01-2007, 12:01:49
Oh that's OK then. Even better would be if the return flight was diverted to Cardiff, but I expect they will have sorted things out by then.