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Snow grounds hundreds of flights across Europe

Published on Jan 22, 2013 6:17 AM
 
A tractor removes snow from the ground around an Air Berlin airplane at the Franz-Josef-Strauss airport in Munich, southern Germany, during snowfall on Jan 21, 2013. Hundreds of flights were cancelled and hazardous roads and railways disrupted traffic and caused countless accidents across Europe on Monday as heavy snow and freezing weather gripped the continent. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Hundreds of flights were cancelled and hazardous roads and railways disrupted traffic and caused countless accidents across Europe on Monday as heavy snow and freezing weather gripped the continent.

Frankfurt airport, Germany's main air hub, cancelled around 500 departing and arriving flights, representing 40 per cent of its daily schedule.

The busiest airport in Europe, London Heathrow, scrapped more than 200 flights.

Heathrow said a decision was taken 24 hours in advance to cancel 130 flights due to predicted poor visibility, but problems elsewhere in Europe were having an impact too.

 
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