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Eve Travel Chaos
Saturday, December 25, 2010 » 06:18am
Thousands of travellers were stranded at Paris'
main airport on Friday after hundreds of Christmas flights were cancelled, as freezing weather and
widespread snowfalls caused travel chaos across Europe.
At least 670 flights in and out of Paris' main
hub Roissy-Charles de Gaulle were scrapped, with flights in Belgium and Germany also affected and
motorists staying off the roads as western Europe battled the latest cold snap.
Around 2,000 people had to be evacuated from
Charles de Gaulle's Terminal 2E because of the build-up of snow on the roof, a section of which
already collapsed in May 2004 shortly after it opened, killing six people.
'I'm so tired that I no longer have the
strength to be angry,' said Frenchwoman Zoe Stephanou, 45. 'My flight to Milan has been cancelled
twice. The first when there was no snow.'
The cold hit air, rail and road transport
across a swathe of Europe, with thousands of travellers forced to spend the night in trains or
barracks, on ferries or in airports as the snow piled up.
'Unfortunately it seems likely that some people
will spend their night at Roissy,' French junior transport minister Thierry Mariani told AFP. 'How
many, I don't know... it's impossible to say.'
He said airports were struggling to deal with
the third bout of ice this month, a problem compounded by workers at France's main anti-freeze
factory at Fos-sur-Mer being on strike.
While rail operator SNCF said all Christmas
trains would be running, around 40 passengers spent the night on a train stuck in the snow in the
northern Somme region, with the Red Cross bringing them blankets and hot drinks.
Between 10 and 20 centimetres of snow fell
overnight in Belgium, sowing chaos on the roads, with many buses and taxis in the capital Brussels
unable to drive on snow-blocked streets and flights delayed.
Belgian trains were hit with severe delays as
many railway employees were unable to make it to work, operator Infrabel said.
Hundreds of plane passengers at Charleroi spent
the night at the airport or in the hotel after their flights were cancelled.
In Germany, the country's third largest airport
in Duesseldorf was shut down early on Friday, a spokeswoman for the flag carrier Lufthansa told
AFP, although it was expected to reopen in the afternoon.
More snow was expected across Germany during
the day, and several trains ground to a halt overnight as service was cut between Hanover and
Berlin, the national railway Deutsche Bahn said.
Hundreds of tourists on the Danish island of
Bornholm were forced to spend the night in an army barracks or on the ferry after heavy snow
'Bornholm police ask people not to move around.
Heading off on foot outside built-up areas is deadly dangerous and we ask people to stay at home,'
they said in a statement.
In Britain, where heavy snow last week caused
widespread transport chaos, meteorologists warned of further snow and widespread icy roads in
northeast England and eastern Scotland.
Train services were disrupted across large
parts of the country, hitting travellers heading home for Christmas, although Heathrow airport was
largely back to normal after the chaos of recent days.
In Ireland, Dublin airport reopened on Friday
after being closed for much of Thursday, stranding about 40,000 passengers.
Snow and ice crews worked overnight to clear
about 120,000 tonnes of snow from the runway, a statement from the airport said.
The cold snap also hampered travel in the
Netherlands, although police there said snow had helped them follow and arrest burglars as well as
arrest cannabis growers, identified thanks to attic growing lights melting rooftop
Arrival Area in airports!
Sleeping in airports!
Europe airport chaos
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 »
The EU lashed out at airports on Tuesday for
the 'unacceptable' disruption caused by freezing weather across Europe as fresh snowfall added to
the woes of thousands of stranded Christmas travellers. Britain
said it could use troops to end the disruption at London Heathrow, where passengers have been
sleeping in terminals throughout four days of chaos, while Frankfurt and Dublin airports closed for
several hours. The cold snap chaos also hit Europe's rail
network with long queues snaking outside the London terminal for the Eurostar train link between
Britain, France and Belgium. In Brussels, the European Commission warned
snowbound airports they could face regulation unless they 'get serious' and provide airlines with
enough support during severe weather in future.
'I am extremely concerned about the level of
disruption to travel across Europe caused by severe snow. It is unacceptable and should not happen
again,' European transport commissioner Siim Kallas said.Eurocontrol, the continent's air traffic
supervisory body, said about 3,000 flights had been cancelled across Europe on Tuesday, with
similar numbers of cancellations for each of the past four daysAt
Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, around two-thirds of flights were cancelled.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said he
had offered to use the military to help Spanish-owned British airports operator BAA. 'The people stuck there are having an
incredibly difficult time, especially just a few days from Christmas, and everything must be done
to either get them on holiday or get them home safely,' Cameron told a press
conference. BAA has faced heavy criticism for the
continuing closure of one runway at Heathrow despite the last major snowfall having been on
Saturday. BAA chief executive Colin Matthews said
passengers should only come to the airport if their flight was confirmed, but added: 'If it is,
come to the airport and we will do our absolute best to give you a great experience.' Passengers queuing in the cold outside the
terminal buildings at Heathrow were unimpressed by his comments. 'I think
this hurts the reputation of the whole country. The airport is the first experience you have and
this is not a good experience,' Gustaf Malmstrom, 23, told AFP as he tried for a fifth day to get a
flight to Stockholm. Most of Heathrow's five terminals were only
letting in people who were flying on Tuesday morning, mainly on flights to Asia, while others had
to queue outside. Workers handed out silver foil blankets and set up two heated
tents. Gatwick, London's second airport, reopened its
runway at 0600 GMT (1700 AEDT) although further delays and cancellations were inevitable, a
spokesman said. Eurostar said it was running a restricted
service and asked all customers booked to travel before Christmas to obtain a refund or exchange
their tickets free of charge if their journey was not essential. The queue
of passengers stretched for more than a kilometre around the imposing St Pancras station, although
it seemed to be moving faster than on previous days. 'This is
the longest queue I have been in in my life,' said George Gow, 20, an American student, trying to
get to Paris. In Germany, fresh snowfall caused gridlock at
the country's main airport Frankfurt with no flights taking off or landing for around three and a
half hours in the morning. By the time it reopened at early morning, 300
of the 1,300 daily flights at Europe's third-largest airport were cancelled, while others were
diverted to Munich. More than 1,000 travellers spent the night at
Frankfurt airport, which laid out camp beds and distributed drinks, sandwiches and soft buttered
pretzels. Meanwhile a German man smashed his neighbour
over the head with a shovel, killing him on the spot, after a heated argument over who was
responsible for removing snow from the joint entrance to their properties. The victim 'was so badly injured that he died
on the spot,' Lutz Flassnoecker, a police spokesman, following the attack in the tiny town of
Schnellenbach, western Germany. In France, authorities allowed the two main
airports in Paris, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, to remain open around the clock to clear the backlog
of delayed flights. One hundred civil security personnel had been
sent on Monday evening with 300 beds and 2,500 blankets for those still stranded at Charles de
Gaulle. Dublin airport said it would close from around
1200 GMT (2300 AEDT) to 1700 GMT (0400 AEDT) due to fresh snowfalls.
coast blizzard cripples travel
Defrosting of planes in airports!
An Outside Queue in front of the doors into the airport!
Check-Points in airports!
'My Male Alter' at work (and I am not joking. I have a
ginger cat as well, see below !)
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