Heavy snow hits air travel, roads in Europe

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

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

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