Airlines warn travelers to Britain at their own risk

09:30, December 20, 2010      

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People at New Zealand's Auckland airport wanting to fly to Britain are still being advised that travel is at their own risk, with airlines unable to guarantee their flights will get to London due to snow storms there.

The international departures area at New Zealand's Auckland airport was filled with people waiting to catch connecting flights to get to London.

Snow storms have closed the main airports there - Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted - with scores of flights canceled, disrupting travel plans for thousands of passengers.

Many said they were ignoring warnings that their flights out of Hong Kong and Brunei to Heathrow might not leave, saying they will try their luck.

Air New Zealand said on Monday two flights left on Sunday night, but warned that if weather conditions do not improve, passengers may get only as far as Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

The Australian airline, Qantas, said it's awaiting an update from Heathrow, which is expected shortly, before deciding whether its scheduled flights for London will leave Australia on Monday.

Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific anticipates three flights will leave Hong Kong on Sunday (local time).

Passengers are advised to check with their airline.

Airlines said they will meet the costs for passengers who were unexpectedly stranded in transit, but those who choose to fly to London now, will have to meet their own accommodation costs if they become stranded.

Source: Xinhua

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