Europe Airports closed, Trains Travel and Air flights canceled due to heavy snowfall

By on Dec 2, 2010 in Europe, Lifestyle, Travel, World Comments

Some airports in Europe are now closed and numerous flights has been canceled, while traveling by train is also not available; and this is due to the heavy snowfall, according to international news sites on Wednesday.

As published in Daily Mail UK, about 600 flights has been canceled at Gatwick airport after snow have reached up to six inches thick, which makes the runway unsafe for planes.

The said airport was closed at 10.30pm on Tuesday and may be open again at around 6 a.m. GMT December 2, Thursday, while airport worked will clear the runways.

Below is the latest travel advisory by Gatwick on their official website, as of 3:30 p.m.

“Due to severe weather conditions, there will be no departing and arriving flights at Gatwick today. The runway will remain closed until at least 06:00 Thursday 2nd December. There will be significant disruption, delays and cancellations tomorrow and passengers should not set out for the airport before checking with their airline for the latest information.”

On the other hand, Newcastle International Airport and Birmingham airport are still open but there were some delay in flights due to the same problem.

In Manchester airport, about 15 flights were diverted to other airports while 11 of then will fly back to Manchester later, while the airport was forced to close for about 2 hours starting 11 p.m.

Sky News also reported that the Edinburgh airport in Scotland is also closed due to the same weather problem and may open on Thursday, 6 a.m.

Meanwhile, hundreds of train commuters were also stranded in London after their train was stuck in the thick snow for more than five hours, while some of them were said to have walked for about half a mile to a staff room and waited for the rescue.

Below is the latest statement from Eurostar on their official website, as of December 1, 2:30 p.m. GMT.

“Due to current weather conditions and as a precautionary measure, speed restrictions are in place on the high speed lines in both the UK and Northern France on Wednesday 1 December. As a result, Eurostar services are subject to delays of up to 90 minutes.

In light of the knock on impact, we are operating a revised timetable for the rest of the day and regrettably it has been necessary to cancel some services to ensure we can operate all remaining scheduled services.
Therefore we are recommending that travelers postpone their journey today wherever possible. Travelers who decide not travel can either exchange or refund their Eurostar ticket within 60 days for travel within 90 days through the original point of sale.”

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