Paris' Roissy airport closed for an hour by snow

19th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

The four runways of Paris' main Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport were closed on Sunday morning until at least 10:00 am (0900 GMT) by snow, airport authorities said.

Before the closure at 9:00 am all departing and arriving flights were between 30 minutes and an hour late.

The French civil aviation authority on Saturday asked airlines to cancel at least a quarter of their scheduled flights to Roissy betweens 0700 and 1500 GMT, while 60 percent of flights were delayed on Saturday.

Several hundred passengers whose planes were rerouted to Roissy because of the closure of London's Heathrow airport on Saturday spent the night in departure lounges.

At Paris' Orly airport one runway was being cleared of snow early Sunday and flights were suffering delays of an average 30 minutes, officials said.

Only a few bus services in the French capital were operating early Sunday and none at all in the suburbs, with conditions expected to worsen as heavy snow continued to fall, a spokesman for the city transport authorities said.

© 2010 AFP

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