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The operator of London's Heathrow airport said today's flight schedule would be cut by 10 per cent. That number could rise, depending on conditions at other European airports, Heathrow said. Ryanair flights to and from Stansted are also affected. Other UK airports including Gatwick and Birmingham also experienced disruption to flights because of the wintry conditions, while Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was closed, along with the runway at East Midlands Airport.
The Paris airport operator, ADP, said airlines have cancelled some 40 per cent of flights in and out of the two main airports on the outskirts of Paris, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, primarily reducing short-haul services. Travellers scheduled to travel today are advised to check the status of their flights prior to departing for the airport.
Bus Éireann has said services are operating as normal, with some short delays in Cork, Dublin, Cavan, Meath, Kerry and Limerick.
Meanwhile, the fourth person killed in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands in which an Irish doctor died has been named by police in the UK.
Rachel Majumdar (29), a doctor working at Harrogate District Hospital in North Yorkshire, was originally from Merseyside and was most recently living in Leeds.
The avalanche struck at about 2pm on Saturday as a group of six friends made their descent from Bidean Nam Bian in Glencoe.
PhD students Christopher Bell (24), and Tom Chesters (28), and 25-year-old junior doctor Una Finnegan died as the slope they were walking on gave way as they made their way down the mountain.
Ms Finnegan's former schoolteacher said the young woman had wanted to make a difference with her life.
Nicola Madden, vice-principal of Dalriada School in Ballymoney, said the former pupil would be badly missed.
“She was bright, bubbly, talented, an amazing student, and academically she was brilliant - one of the top students,” she said.
Ms Finnegan, who secured nine A*s and one A in her GCSEs in 2004, had been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme of hillwalking for young people at the school, along with her twin sister, and that led to a love of the mountains and outdoors, Ms Madden added.
She was inspired to become a doctor after attending a humanitarian mission to Moldova in eastern Europe and meeting medics there, the senior teacher said.
“She just had a great zest for life and did actually want to make a difference,” Ms Madden said.
Ms Finnegan’s father Dr Owen Finnegan was a heart and chest consultant at the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.
Ms Finnegan had studied medicine at Newcastle University and took her masters in anthropology of health and illness in Edinburgh, where she continued to live.
Independent Stormont MLA for the Coleraine area David McClarty, who knows the victim’s father, said: “This is just such a tragedy to be visited upon this family.”
A 24-year-old woman from the Durham area, who was seriously hurt in the incident, remains in a critical condition in hospital in Glasgow.
Additional reporting PA