Millennium & Copthorne Hotels

May 26, 2011 12:42 ET

As UK Travellers Face Uncertainty, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Opens Its Doors to Those on Standby

Met Office Reports Suggest That the Threats from the Ash Cloud Will Be Clearing Away from the British Isles This Weekend; However Travellers Are Advised to Remain Cautious, Patient and to Check Ahead.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 26, 2011) - Fearful of a repeat of the six day closure of British airspace last year, the British Aviation Authority and Met Office have been working around the clock to avoid chaos and delays in UK airports over the bank holiday weekend.

It appears that the majority of long haul and Mediterranean-bound flights will go ahead as planned, with just a few exceptions.

The volcanic ash cloud, which erupted from Iceland's Grimsvotn volcano at the beginning of the week, has not caused the same severity of delays as its 2010 predecessor but travellers are urged to take caution and be aware of some unpredictable cancellations or changes to journeys made over the weekend.

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels notes an increased interest in Copthorne properties in the Gatwick and Heathrow area. The hotels welcome passengers on standby for flights affected by the weather conditions and encourage weary passengers to take a break without leaving the country.

The Copthorne Hotel Effingham Gatwick and the Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick, both ideally located within easy distance of the bustling international airport, will be enjoying a busy bank holiday weekend.

The group is also expecting increased occupancy at their hotels in central London as holidaymakers turn to hotels in London from Millennium & Copthorne Hotels for a very British break.

It is recommended that all passengers check the status of their flights before flying. Both BA and Ryanair are calling for a lift on the precautions currently being taken by the BAA, however the authority is unlikely to take unnecessary risks as passenger safety is their priority.

Do contact your airline and keep up to date with any changes to the situation. However and most importantly, make sure that you enjoy yourself and have a wonderful bank holiday!


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