Heavy snow hits air travel, roads in Europe
PARIS: Heavy snow and freezing temperatures shut down European runways and slowed road traffic Sunday, canceling flights and leaving cars skidding down icy streets.
Heavy snow blanketed Paris - a rarity that has occurred several times in recent weeks in an unusually cold winter. A quarter of flights were canceled at Charles de Gaulle airport until at least 4 p.m. local time.
London's Heathrow Airport was not accepting any arrivals Sunday and was allowing only a handful of departures after snow and ice forced the closure of runways, but was preparing for a full reopening Monday, a statement on its website said.
"We are extremely sorry for the disruption," the statement said, urging passengers to check with their airline before traveling to the airport. Several hundred workers were doing their best "to keep passengers in the terminal as warm and as comfortable as possible while we do everything we can to get Heathrow moving."
There was chaos in the tunnels leading from the underground station to Heathrow terminals, with hundreds of travelers told by airport staff to go back and call their airlines for updates. -Ap