The Independent - Helen Coffey / Simon Calder

British Airways has cancelled more than 100 European flights to and from its main base, London Heathrow airport on Tuesday. The Independent calculates 16 domestic flights have been grounded, including departures to three Scottish airports as well as Belfast City, Manchester and Newcastle.

A total of 82 short-haul international flights are cancelled, including multiple cancellations to and from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Nice, Prague, Rome and Vienna.

BA says the flight cancellations are all pre-planned and that passengers were given notice of a week or two – with some departures taken out of the schedules many weeks ahead.

Besides the cancellations by British Airways, the UK’s biggest budget airline, easyJet, is cancelling around 70 flights daily – particularly to and from its largest base, Gatwick. The airline says most passengers are able “to switch onto alternative flights on the same day”.

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