Storm Ciara causes travel disruptions in Europe

Travelers wait in the departure hall of Schiphol airport on February 9, 2020. Many flights there have been canceled due to Storm Ciara.

London (CNN)Storm Ciara caused hundreds of flights across Europe to be canceled on Sunday -- the same day that its winds helped a British Airways plane to make the fastest-ever subsonic flight from New York to London.

Two of Europe's busiest airports -- one in Frankfurt, Germany, the other in Amsterdam, Netherlands -- each grounded more than 100 flights due to the storm.
Hans van Kastel, a spokesman for Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, told CNN that 120 flights were affected by the storm.
    At least 135 flights were also canceled at Frankfurt am Main airport, according to a spokeswoman.
    In Britain, a spokeswoman for Heathrow, the country's largest airport, could not confirm the number of flights affected, but expected the disruption to last throughout Sunday.
    "To minimize the number of flights canceled at short notice, we took the joint decision, alongside our airline and air traffic partners, to preemptively consolidate today's schedule," Heathrow spokeswoman Paloma Aguilar Gilks told CNN.
    "We regret any disruption caused and remain focused on getting passengers away safely and as quickly as possible."
    Despite the storm's severity, Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris has not yet experienced any delays, a spokesman told CNN -- before adding that flights may be disrupted in the evening.
    Earlier on Sunday, a British Airways Boeing 747 clocked the fastest flight from New York to London -- taking just four hours and 56 minutes to complete the journey.
    The average time taken to travel by plane from New York to London is six hours and 13 minutes, according to Flightradar24, an online flight-tracking service.
    Two other flights operated by Virgin over the same route were only minutes slower than the BA flight. They both landed in London within half an hour of the BA plane.
    Helped by high wind speeds caused by Storm Ciara, all three comfortably beat the previous record of five hours and 13 minutes, which was set by Norwegian two years ago.