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European Airports Return to Normal After 5 Days of Disruptions

January 22, 2013

European Airports Return to Normal After 5 Days of Disruptions

British Airways said operations are on their way back to normal with some cancellations as a result of aircraft availability and weather. Photographer: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Europe’s largest airports are returning to normal operations after five days of heavy disruptions related to ice and snow.

London’s Heathrow Airport, Europe’s busiest hub, has scrapped 10 flights today as a result of weather conditions elsewhere in Europe, after canceling 196 yesterday. British Airways said operations are on their way back to normal with some cancellations as a result of aircraft availability and weather. Deutsche Lufthansa AG listed 76 canceled flights on its website, compared with more than 500 yesterday.

Airports across Europe ground to a halt at times since Jan. 17 after snowfall covered runways and freezing rain coated planes with thick layers of ice. Vienna received the most snowfall in 26 years, and Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in Paris had been limited to 60 percent of service.

Fraport AG said 45 flights had been canceled today at Frankfurt, Europe’s third busiest hub, and inbound flights were limited to 25 per hour between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. local time. Munich airport, Germany’s second busiest, said operations were back to normal with no more weather-related cancellations.

To contact the reporters on this story: Richard Weiss in Frankfurt at rweiss5@bloomberg.net; Kari Lundgren in London at klundgren2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammel@bloomberg.net


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