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Hurricane Irma: Some flights resume from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports in aftermath of storm

British Airways will be operating services to Miami however Tampa remains on lockdown

Hurricane Irma has left a trail of destruction and devastation to many parts of the Caribbean and Florida.

Following the events in recent days, several airports are affected with a number of them closed, and remain to do so until further notice.

This has impacted thousands of passengers travelling to and from the destinations, with airlines continuing to cancel flights from Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport.

As a result British Airways stopped all flights between Gatwick and Heathrow to Miami, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, on Monday (September 11).

The outlook for Tuesday (September 12) is somewhat better with b oth services from Miami to Heathrow scheduled to operate.

Flight BA2038 from Orlando to Gatwick will operate, however flight BA2036 from Orlando to Gatwick has been cancelled.

Meanwhile all flights between Gatwick and Tampa have been cancelled and a service to Fort Lauderdale is not scheduled till Thursday.

The airline says flights will continue to be affected over the coming days and it is constantly reviewing the situation.

Hurricane Irma attacked the southern part of Florida as it headed north(Image: Getty Images North America)
Relief efforts are under way on islands devastated by Hurricane Irma, with one British territory being "pummelled" overnight and another declaring a state of emergency.(Image: MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire)

A BA spokesman said: "The safety of our customers and colleagues is always our number one priority and we are closely monitoring developments across the region.

"We are in regular contact with customers who have provided us with their contact details to keep them updated on changes and cancellations to flights.

Relief efforts are under way and airlines are making every effort to bring stranded passengers back home.

On Saturday (September 9), BA sent a special flight to Barbados to meet customers who had been staying in St Kitts, to fly them back to London.

It has aircraft waiting in the Caribbean for Providenciales Airport to re-open, so it can bring customers from Turks and Caicos home.

Meanwhile a BA Boeing 777 was sent to Bermuda and will wait on the ground until is is safe to fly in to Florida.

Several other aircraft are on standby nearby and in the UK to fly in as soon as possible.

Most flights to and from the Caribbean are now operating as normal to destinations such as Antigua, Bermuda, Barbados and Punta Cana.

BA will observe Irma to see how it will impacts its flights(Image: @BritishAirways)

Meanwhile Virgin Atlantic says its flights continue to be "severely disrupted" as Hurricane Irma, and close on its tail Hurricane Jose, cause mass disruption.

A Virgin Atlantic statement said: "The unpredictable nature of the path of the hurricane may require us to make further changes or cancellations to our flights.

"Our thoughts are with all those impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Jose, and we're sorry for any disruption to our customers’ travel plans."

Customers booked on flights to the Caribbean and Florida between now and Sunday September 17 have the option to rebook.

For more details visit British Airways Travel News or Virgin Atlantic Travel News.

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