UK Airports Could Face Fines for Future Airport Delays

December 26, 2010 Updated: December 27, 2010

British lawmakers are seeking more regulation of British airports following the travel chaos that resulted from cold weather last week.

The regulations would include the possibility of fining airports if they delay passengers as a result of poor planning, according to Reuters.

Airports in Britain and other Northern European countries have been heavily affected by snowfall. London’s Heathrow Airport closed as a result of the bad weather, delaying thousands of passengers.

British Transport Secretary Philip Hammond told Reuters that the airport had underestimated the amount of de-icing fluid it needed.

British Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers said, "We want to make sure that airports are doing their very best to prepare for severe weather conditions," according to

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