Heavy snow grounds hundreds more flights across Europe

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Heavy snow grounds hundreds more flights across Europe

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12 December 2017

By | 12 December 2017

100,000 British Airways passengers have been stranded, with hundreds of flights cancelled in the UK, Netherlands and Belgium

The extreme winter conditions that shocked travellers across Northern Europe during the weekend have continued with strength.

More than 100,000 British Airways stranded due to flight cancellations caused by snow — EQRoy / Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. More than 100,000 British Airways have been stranded by the snow — EQRoy / Shutterstock

With hundreds of cancelled flights, heavy snowfall and a strong wind the situation is worst in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Dozens of flights were shelved on Monday at Heathrow and another 16 departures are listed as cancelled for Tuesday. 

This morning, the airport announced on their twitter account that all runways are fully operational. They have recommended passengers check the flight status before travelling to the airport.

The main operator at the UK’s busiest airport, British Airways, was badly affected. The carrier has been forced to axe hundreds of flights so far leaving more than 100,000 travellers stranded in total in various airports across Europe.

BA said: “We are very sorry that customers continue to suffer from the disruption to flights at Heathrow caused by the severe weather conditions that have affected airports across northern Europe.

“Time spent on de-icing aircraft to ensure safe operation plus air traffic control restrictions and the repositioning of aircraft and crews from yesterday have led to further cancellations and delays today.”

Cancellations are also reported at Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh airports.

Schiphol airport near Amsterdam had to cancel 430 flights by early Monday afternoon.

“We are de-icing the planes for their safety and we have snow crews out trying to keep the runways clear and remove the snow, but they can’t keep up,” Schiphol spokesman Paul Weber told AFP.

Eindhoven airport, the Netherlands’ second largest, had to close runways just after midday on Monday “due to wintry weather conditions”, the airport said.

About 300 flights were cancelled in Brussels on Monday according to AFP. Brussels airport representatives said the number amounted to half of those scheduled. Around 100 other flights were delayed, including a plane carrying Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  

The weather conditions led to a cancellation of a scheduled meeting between Netanyahu and Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission President, officials said. Netanyahu tweeted about his experience from the delayed flight.

In Germany’s biggest airport, Frankfurt, more than 300 flights were cancelled because of high levels of snow.

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