Friday, December 12, 2008

Ice at Gatwick

The other morning London's second airport at Gatwick was closed due to ice on the runway, an aerial equivalent of the "leaves on the line" that close down British railway traffic.

As a relatively frequent user of Canadian airports in the winter I have to seriously wonder about this. Usually it is the airplanes that need to be de-iced, not the runways. But in this case the weather in London has barely gone below freezing this past week, so any excuse that Gatwick experienced "exceptional weather conditions" seems far-fetched.