EasyJet cancels 234 flights as ‘bomb cyclone’ Storm Dennis rages towards UK

Major UK airline EasyJet has cancelled hundreds of flights – with more predicted – as Storm Dennis slams into Britain today.

The low-cost carrier has axed at least 234 flights across the UK today as "Dennis the menace" prepares to batter the nation.

It has also cancelled 60 flights from London Gatwick airport on Sunday morning, with more cancellations feared.

British Airways has also announced it is expecting disruption and has already "merged" flights across the UK.

An EasyJet spokeswoman said: "Due to forecasted adverse weather conditions caused by Storm Dennis, easyJet, like other airlines, is currently seeing disruption to its flight programme for Saturday February 15th.

"We are doing everything possible to minimise the impact of the disruption for our customers and to arrange alternative travel.

"Customers on cancelled flights have been given the option of transferring their flight free of charge or receiving a refund. We will also provide hotel rooms and meals for customers who require them.

"We recommend customers travelling to and from UK today, February 15th, to check the status of their flight and gate information on easyJet's Flight Tracker at www.easyjet.com/en/flight-tracker or on the app for latest travel updates.

"Whilst this is outside of our control, we would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience experienced as a result of the weather.

"The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is easyJet's highest priority."

A spokesman for British Airways said: "The majority of our flights are planned to operate as planned, but, like all airlines flying to and from the UK today, we are experiencing some disruption due to the stormy weather conditions.

"We are merging a small number of Heathrow short-haul flights to the same destination and using larger aircraft where possible to minimise disruption.

"Customers can check ba.com for the latest flight information."

The cancellations comes as Storm Dennis looks set to unleash 70mph winds and two months of rainfall – 120mm – on the country in the next 48 hours, just days after Storm Ciara wreaked havoc.

The Met Office has issued a series of “danger to life” amber warnings for torrential rain in northern and southern England and Wales.

It has also issued yellow warnings for gale-force winds across the whole of England.

Its rain warning reads: "Spells of heavy and prolonged rain are expected to affect parts of England and Wales over the weekend with a higher likelihood of impacts now expected in some areas.

"Around 20-40 mm of rain will fall widely with 50-80 mm likely across parts of northern and southern England.

"Over the higher ground of Wales 100-120 mm of rain is possible in a few locations. This rain is expected to fall across areas already wet from recent rainfall."

Its strong wind warning adds: "Strong winds in association with Storm Dennis are expected on Saturday and Sunday across many parts of England and Wales.

"The strongest winds are likely to be on Saturday afternoon and evening, with a lull for a time overnight, before increasing again during early Sunday.

"Gusts of 50 mph are expected inland. Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely.

"The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain at times, leading to particularly poor driving conditions."

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