Travellers are being warned of further disruption, with weather warnings issued for Friday evening and overnight. The Met Office yellow warnings for snow and ice cover several areas of the UK, while a separate warning for ice is in place for southern England. Hundreds of schools across Wales and southern parts of England were closed for the day due to the conditions. At Bristol Airport the majority of the day's flights were cancelled. The airport said more than 100 later flights remain suspended while snow is cleared from the runway and advise passengers to check flight information with their airline.
With 12 million drivers on the roads, 200 sets of rail engineering works and airports full of people jetting off to spend Christmas abroad, it will be busy however you travel over the festive period. But what kind of transport should you really avoid - and when? The last time Christmas Day fell on a Sunday (in 2011) suggests the busiest days on the roads will be Friday 16 December, Tuesday 20 December and Friday 23 December. According to traffic information company Inrix, some journeys will take four times as long compared with other times of the year. People using the M25 in either direction can expect to crawl at 11 miles per hour on Friday afternoon, with the worst time from 16:00 to 17:30 GMT.
Fares on the 14-hour Norwegian Air Shuttle flight to Buenos Aires start from £259 one-way. The seats are tightly packed and food and luggage cost extra, but the no-frills model of flying, so well established on short-haul routes, is becoming increasingly common on intercontinental flights. A new breed of low-cost carriers such as Norwegian, Wow, and Primera are taking on the old guard such as British Airways and Air France-KLM in the skies above the Atlantic. In fact, Norwegian has just beaten British Airways's record for the fastest transatlantic flight in a subsonic aircraft after one of its planes made the journey from JFK in New York to London Gatwick in just five hours and 13 minutes. Norwegian has rapidly expanded since it started as a small regional airline flying between Bergen and Trondheim in 1993.
More than 20 people were removed from a flight at Manchester Airport amid reports of "disruptive" stag parties on board. The Jet2 service had been due to leave for Prague in the Czech Republic at about 15:15 BST on Good Friday. The airline apologised to affected customers and said it would "not let the behaviour of a disruptive few spoil the flight for everyone else". A spokesman for the carrier said the Boeing had to return to the airport's parking stand shortly before its scheduled take-off. Several passengers went on social media to describe the scene.