Airport operating despite ‘awful weather’

8 Dec 2017

Belfast International Airport has put its weather emergency plan into operation as Northern Ireland braces itself for further snow, frost, high winds and plummeting temperatures.

The airport’s snow clearance teams have been operating gritters, de-icing sprayers, snow ploughs and sweepers throughout to keep the main runway and taxiways operational.

The airlines’ ground handling contractor has been de-icing aircraft prior to departure – a challenge as snow continues – with extended de-icing times required due to snow and low temperatures.

Belfast International Airport Operations Director, Alan Whiteside, said: “We will do all we can to keep our runways and taxiways clear and, as far as possible, to keep any disruption to services to the barest minimum.

“We pay lot of attention to Met Office forecasts, and what the weather experts are saying is ‘be prepared’. We are prepared with our fleet of vehicles which are capable of tackling tough conditions.

 “Our teams will remain on stand-by throughout today and tonight, and until the worst of this present spell of awful weather is past.”

Passengers are advised to leave plenty of time for their journey to the airport due to slow moving traffic and wintery road conditions.

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