The weather currently being experienced in the country from Hurricane Ophelia is not strong enough for it to be categorised as a hurricane, but the west of the UK has been hit by gale-force winds.
Ireland has been hit with extreme winds and two people have now been reported to have died their as a result of the hurricane’s remnants.
A number of flights to UK airports have been diverted after “smoke smells” were reported on board.
EasyJet said four of its flights were diverted due to “atmospheric circumstances”.
A British Airways spokeswoman said the carrier has had “some reports of smells on board” but the aircraft continued to their destinations.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport stated that “atmospheric conditions” are believed to be causing flights to divert.
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Multiple flights from airports in the UK have either been delayed or cancelled today.
An easyJet spokeswoman said: “EasyJet can confirm that four of its flights flying in the west of the UK have reported smoke smells in the cockpit today, believed to be linked to atmospheric circumstances due to storm Ophelia.
“Two flights returned shortly after take-off and two flights requested an expedited landing as a precaution only.
“We understand other airlines have experienced similar events and we continue to liaise with the Met Office as to the likely cause.
“The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience experienced by the diversions.”
The following easyJet flights are said to be affected:
EZY 7159 LPL-ZTH – returned to Liverpool
EZY 7180 AGP-LPL – expedited landing
EZY 1841 MAN-HAM – returned to manchester
EZY 1918 ALC-MAN – expedited landing
Hurricane Ophelia: Multiple flights from airports in the UK have either been delayed or cancelled
BA said in a statement: “The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority.
“Our flights have been operating and landing normally, but we have been liaising with the Met Office about atmospheric conditions.”
easyJet told Express.co.uk: “Like other airlines easyJet is seeing some disruption to its flight schedule due to strong winds from ex hurricane Ophelia. 44 flights due to operate to and from Belfast today have had to be cancelled and 4 flights have been delayed overnight. 6 flights to and from the Isle of Man have also had to be cancelled.
“While the situation is outside of its control, we would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience. All passengers on cancelled flights have been given the option of transferring their flight free of charge or obtaining a refund at www.easyjet.com. We will be providing passengers with hotel accommodation and meals if needed.
“easyJet receives the latest weather information from the Met Office and we would advise passengers to check our flight tracker page at easyJet.com for the latest updates.
“The safety of its passengers and crew is the airline’s highest priority.”
Hurricane Ophelia: At least four easyJet flights have been affected
Ryanair has also cancelled flights today.
A spokesperson advised Express.co.uk: All information relating to these cancellations is available at Ryanair.com. Customers have been contacted by email and text message advising them of these cancellations and their options.
Some Virgin Atlantic and Flyby flights are also believed to have been affected.
Here are the latest charts and maps on Hurricane Ophelia.