European flights to Britain cancelled

European carriers today cancelled flights to Britain, where airports were experiencing massive delays after authorities thwarted a terrorist plot to blow up aircraft in flight.

Heathrow Airport, the busiest airport in Europe, was closed to most European flights this morning following a heightened terrorist alert, officials said.

All airlines stopped flights today from Brussels to Heathrow, which is closed until 2pm.

“For now, all flights to London Heathrow have been cancelled,” a Brussels International Airport official said.

German carrier Lufthansa said its morning and early afternoon flights were cancelled because of “logistical and not security” reasons. No other Lufthansa flights were affected.

Spain’s Iberia said it had cancelled four flights to Britain in total, and Italian carrier Alitalia cancelled its morning and afternoon flights to London.

Heathrow’s block on incoming traffic applied to flights of three hours or less, an airport spokesman said.

Congestion was building up rapidly at the airport as authorities enforced strict new regulations banning most hand baggage.

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