Tens of thousands of passengers planning to use Amsterdam Airport on Tuesday have had their flights cancelled because of expected strong winds. All other travellers booked on the hub airline, KLM, have been warned of possible disruption.

Winds from the northwest of 30mph or more are predicted.

UK flights are worst hit, with at least 62 arrivals and departures cancelled – the vast majority on the Dutch airline.

KLM has grounded a dozen flights to and from each of Heathrow and London City airports, as well as multiple departures serving Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham Tees Valley and Leeds Bradford. Single round trips between Amsterdam and Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside and Norwich are also affected.

The Eurostar rail connection from London St Pancras to Amsterdam is running normally, with seats available at £179 one way.

In addition, easyJet has cancelled round-trips from Stansted and Liverpool.

More than 200 Continental flights have been cancelled by KLM, with Paris – to which there are rail alternatives – worst affected. Berlin, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Geneva, Madrid, Munich, Oslo and Stockholm have all had three round-trips cancelled.

The furthest destinations to see cancellations are Moscow and Istanbul.

KLM is offering anyone booked to travel via Amsterdam the chance to rebook free of charge for a later date. The offer also applies to its parent airline, Air France, and its partner, Delta Airlines.

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“We are doing our very best to help you on your way again,” said the airline.

Because the cause of the disruption is poor weather, passengers are not entitled to cash compensation for cancellations and delays.

But there is a strict duty of care for airlines to provide passengers with meals and accommodation as necessary until they can be flown to their destinations.

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