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Snow causes European travel chaos


Published on Dec 20, 2010

Heavy snow has caused the closure of several European airports, throwing Christmas travel plans into chaos. London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports remained closed for the best part of Sunday and hundreds of travellers had to sleep in airport terminals. Several other key European hubs including Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam also suffered cancellations, while Eurostar services connecting London with Paris and Brussels were also affected.

“Severe weather continues to cause significant disruption to our operations,” a British Airways statement said. “We are extremely sorry that customers may be inconvenienced on this busy weekend. Our staff are doing everything they can to help.” At Heathrow planes were even said to be frozen at the gates and Terminals 1, 2 and 4 saw very little flight traffic. “There will be further cancellations and delays [on Monday] as we continue to clear snow and ice, as well as in the days that follow as airlines move diverted aircraft and crew back to their normal positions,” a statement from UK airport operator, BAA said.

Cathay Pacific Airways said that it expected to operate three of its Hong Kong-Heathrow to operate today, although one flight (CX255) has been cancelled. Singapore Airlines warned of “limited departures” today. EVA Air’s Bangkok-London flight has been cancelled today, as has the Kuala Lumpur-bound Malaysia Airlines flight from Heathrow. However all passengers are advised to check with their airline for the latest flight information.

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