Fog in London forces flight cancellations

 23 Jan 2017 - 14:16

Fog in London forces flight cancellations
Fog surrounds a statue of Winston Churchill in front of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

AFP

London: A thick fog in London forced the cancellation of around 100 flights at Heathrow Airport on Monday and revived concern about air quality in the capital. 

"Foggy weather across the South East has reduced visibility at Heathrow," the airport said in a statement, adding that the cancellations amounted to around eight percent of scheduled flights.

There were also dozens of cancellations at London City Airport and road users were warned about driving conditions after freezing temperatures overnight.

A map from Britain's environment ministry showed "very high" pollution across southeastern England on Monday.

"Reduce physical exertion, particularly outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as cough or sore throat," the ministry's advice read.