UPDATE: Snow wreaks havoc on travellers in Britain, passengers frustrated with airlines

2017-12-11 14:29
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London - Snow and wintry weather are still wreaking havoc on travelers in Britain, with flights cancelled, roads sheathed in ice and rail travel disrupted.

With temperatures dropping overnight as low as -11,6°, hundreds of schools were closed Monday. Europe's largest airport, Heathrow, warned Monday that some flights would be cancelled as it cleared the backlog of flights delayed by Sunday's snowfall.

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Heathrow asked travelers to check with their airlines. In the world of interconnected air travel, any extended disruption quickly leaves planes and flight crews out of position, knocking them out of rotation for their next assignments.

They also urge travellers to not come to the airport if their flight has been cancelled, and to rather stay updated on their respective airlines' websites.

National Rail said poor weather conditions are affecting travel across England and Wales. Trains on Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Great Western, and Virgin Trains will all also be affected.

PICS: Snow and ice causes flight delays as UK sees heaviest snowfall in four years

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands, is also experiencing heavy delays and has a similar message to Heathrow. KLM passengers have taken to social media to berate the airline for their lack of communication and ability to accommodate cancelled flights. Tweeple have also claimed that there's no answer at their call centres.

According to AFP, Brussels airport advised passengers to stay away Monday after heavy snowfall caused many flights to be cancelled.

Fifty flights were cancelled and 90 delayed, Belga news agency quoted a spokesman for the Belgian capital's airport as saying.

"Heavy snowfall: do not come to the airport until further notice," the airport said on Twitter, adding that passengers should check the status of their flights.

The airport added in a statement that passengers should not come for the rest of Monday.

"Because of the adverse weather, numerous flights had to be cancelled," it said.

Airport staff were trying to de-ice planes and clear snow from the runways, the airport said.

Heavy snow caused travel difficulties across Brussels with buses and cars skidding off roads and key road tunnels being shut.

A meeting between visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had to be called off because of the weather, officials said.

The heaviest snowfall in four years in the UK and across Europe has been causing travel mayhem since Sunday, while more than 300 flights were cancelled at Germany's busiest airport and a ferry ran aground in the French port of Calais.

Hundreds of air passengers were stranded in Frankfurt, Germany's financial capital, as well as Britain.

Have you or someone you know been affected by the travel delays in Europe? Let us know at info@traveller24.com.

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