Ice-hit Edinburgh Airport CLOSES to in-bound flights


Ice-hit Edinburgh Airport CLOSES to in-bound flights after runway freezes over following ‘constant’ rain and hail

  • Edinburgh Airport is closed to inbound flights after a runway froze over
  • Freezing temperatures and rain and hail forced suspension of operations
  • Many flights on their way to the city will now be diverting to nearby Glasgow

Edinburgh Airport is closed to inbound flights after a runway froze over.  

Freezing temperatures and ‘constant’ rain and hail forced the suspension of runway operations for the remainder of Sunday night  as airport staff make it safe for the first wave of flights tomorrow, a spokesperson told MailOnline.  

Flights on their way to the Scottish city will now be diverting to nearby Glasgow, apart from one from London Heathrow, which will be heading back south, reports say. 

It comes after the Met Office issued a yellow weather ice warning for parts of eastern Britain, with temperatures near Edinburgh around just 2C.  

It comes after the Met Office issued a yellow weather ice warning for parts of eastern Britain, with temperatures near Edinburgh around just 2C

Flights on their way to the Scottish city will now be diverting to nearby Glasgow, apart from one from London Heathrow, which will be heading back south, reports say (pictured: air traffic around Glasgow)

Flights on their way to the Scottish city will now be diverting to nearby Glasgow, apart from one from London Heathrow, which will be heading back south, reports say (pictured: air traffic around Glasgow)

Edinburgh Airport is closed to inbound flights after a runway froze over (file picture, Edinburgh Airport)

Edinburgh Airport is closed to inbound flights after a runway froze over (file picture, Edinburgh Airport) 

Forecasters warned that icy patches could cause ‘tricky travel conditions’, with icy patches expected on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

A RyanAir flight from Sofia, meant to arrive in Edinburgh at 11.05pm, was diverted to Glasgow International Airport, according to FlightRadar24, which monitors air traffic.

The site also reveals that a flight from Copenhagen, due in Edinburgh at 11.30pm, has been cancelled.   

A spokesperson for Edinburgh Airport told MailOnline: ‘Due to freezing temperatures and constant rain/hail fall our runway has frozen over. 

‘We’ve had to suspend our runway operations for the remainder of tonight while we work to make it safe for arriving and departing aircraft in the first wave tomorrow. 

‘The safety of our teams and passengers is our number one priority.’ 

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