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UK travel chaos

London, Dec. 24 (Reuters): Dozens of flights were cancelled today as the weekend fog continued to cause travel chaos for hundreds of passengers.

Heathrow Airport said 30 departures were grounded as a knock-on effect of the weekend disruption, while a handful of flights were hit at Gatwick. The bulk of the affected journeys are British Airways short-haul flights. Stranded passengers said their holiday plans had been thrown into disarray.

“Maybe next year I’ll tell my family we’ll have a white Christmas in Canada because this Christmas is looking grey,” one North American passenger told the BBC at a cloudy Heathrow. On Saturday and yesterday, thick fog forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights during the Christmas getaway.

Up to 1,000 stranded passengers were forced to spend the night at Heathrow yesterday waiting for alternative flights, while others slept in nearby hotels. Airports in Scotland were returning to normal after 25 planes were grounded during the weekend, with only a few flights cancelled today at Edinburgh.

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