London airports remain operational, though London City Airport has drafted in extra de-icing vehicles with staff on standby “should snow clearance be required”.

“The airport is working hard behind the scenes to ensure any snowfall results in minimal disruption to passengers,” a spokesperson added.

Heathrow and Gatwick urged passengers to check with airlines on the status of their flights. “Standard winter operations” are reported by the five major London airports.

The Met Office warned that rail travel and air travel in the south could face cancellations or disruption from the cold snap.

In a statement today, Heathrow said: “To ensure our passengers and colleagues are travelling safely this winter, Heathrow is closely monitoring and preparing for cold weather conditions forecast for the UK. Those travelling via Heathrow are encouraged to contact their airline for up to date flight information.

Read more: Network Rail starts de-icing London Waterloo tracks ahead of snowfall

“Heathrow’s runways and taxiways remain operational. Airlines are responsible for de-icing their aircraft.”

Earlier this week Transport for London said transport agencies “will be working around the clock to minimise any disruption” on the Tube, bus and rail and road networks. on the Tube, bus, rail and road networks.

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