Thursday, December 9, 2010

Snow closes Frankfurt Airport overnight

More snowfall and black ice created further transportation chaos in Germany on Thursday, with the Frankfurt Airport closed for several hours overnight, authorities reported.

The worst winter conditions were reported in the states of Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate, Bavarian, Thuringia and Saxony, with closures, delays and accidents reported for roads, trains and air traffic.

Treacherous runways at the Frankfurt Airport forced officials to close it down due to poor visibility and fears that landing planes would be unable to brake properly.

“On Thursday, 85 flights will be cancelled,” said spokesperson for airport operator Fraport, Gunnar Schneunemann. “We expect further cancellations and delays.”

Several hundred passengers were stranded in the airport’s terminals, sleeping on piles of their clothing, newspapers and luggage carousels.

More than 10 flights were also cancelled in snowy Berlin.

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Really hope that weather condition is getting better by next week, when I have to take my flight to Phnom Penh... :-(

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