Heathrow cancels 189 flights as ice and freezing fog brings chaos to roads and rail

Thousands of passengers scramble for information at Heathrow as 189 flights are cancelled due to ice and freezing fog 98 arrivals and 91 departures called off at Britain's biggest airport Flights to Warsaw, Stockholm and Germany as well as internal journeys to Manchester and Aberdeen cancelledLondon City Airport also hit by delays and cancellations after temperatures plunged to well below freezing overnightParts of Scotland reached -10C closely followed by Chesham, Buckinghamshire, at -9C and Little Rissington in Gloucestershire at -8CRush-hour commuters faced chaos on major roads including the A1(M) as well as the main line rail and Tube Spate of accidents on roads, including overturned car and another which crashed into house Warmer conditions on way, but forecasters warn this will be accompanied by yet more heavy rain until Christmas | UPDATED: 19:12 GMT, 12 December 2012 Heathrow has been forced to cancel 189 flights to and from the airport today as ice and freezing fog descended on the UK. Hundreds of passengers are thought to have been stranded both here and abroad after the airport called off 98 arrivals and 91 departures scheduled throughout the day.

Heathrow appoints a "Secret Santa" to take departing passengers" minds off potential Christmas mishaps

Heathrow appoints a 'Secret Santa' to take departing passengers' minds off potential Christmas mishapsAirport to dole out surprise gifts to passengers flying abroad for the festive periodAn expected 4.3 million travellers will pass through Heathrow this December | UPDATED: 16:05 GMT, 1 December 2012 You may be forgiven for thinking that the only present passengers flying off from Heathrow this Christmas REALLY want is the reassurance that they’ll take-off on time, without huge queues, lost baggage or the risk of their flight being grounded by uncleared snow on the runway. But instead, millions of passengers at Britain and Europe’s busiest airport run the risk of being accosted by a ‘Secret Santa’ dishing out presents to take their minds off potential mishaps