Europe airports closed, flights canceled due to heavy snowfall

By on Dec 18, 2010 in Europe, Lifestyle, Travel Comments

Updated December 21, 2010 9:22 p.m.

Read Frankfurt Airport open again after heavy snowfall, flights back to normal

Airports in Europe were closed, and flights have been canceled due to heavy snowfall, as published on international news sites on Saturday.

According to reports, London’s Gatwick Airport runway may be closed until 3 pm GMT with at least 138 flights were canceled by mid-morning due to heavy snow that have reached about 20 centimeters (8 inches) thick.

British Airways said it canceled all its flights from London Heathrow and London Gatwick, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time, due to the bad weather condition.

Meanwhile, Frankfurt Airport in Germany have also announced that about 170 flights were also canceled on Friday due to the same reason, but was reported to be reopened on Saturday morning.

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam was also reported to have ‘a lot’ of flights to be delayed or canceled on Saturday due to the continuous snowfall.

As published on MET Office official website, most areas in western Britain and Northern Ireland on Friday night were affected by the heavy snowfall, as well some parts in Scotland.

According to their report issued on December 18, 2010, 0649 UK time, the snow in southwest England and Wales went to about 5 to 10 centimeters, up to 15 centimeters, while Merseyside as the most affected area with 12 to 18 centimeters thick.

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