Passengers stranded for second day at Paris airport

7th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Flights still faced delays Tuesday as airport staff worked to remove ice from aircraft.

PARIS – Hundreds of air passengers spent a second day stranded in Paris Tuesday, after snow forced the cancellation of dozens of flights, officials said.

The Eiffel Tower, which was closed Monday because of the snowfall, reopened Tuesday afternoon after ice and snow was cleared from its decks, operators said.

On Monday, Air France was forced to cancel 150 of its 400 scheduled flights out of the capital's main international airport, Charles de Gaulle, leaving some 5,000 passengers stranded.

Traffic largely resumed on Tuesday, airport officials said, but flights still faced delays due to work to remove ice from aircraft.

Between 1,000 and 1,500 passengers were still waiting for a seat mid-afternoon despite extra flights.

Some 3,000 passengers were put up in hotels Monday night but another 2,000 were forced to spend a chilly night in the airport terminal, where they were supplied with meal trays and blankets, airport officials said.

Traffic at Paris' second airport Orly operated normally Tuesday.

Northern, central and western France were hit Monday by snow and freezing rain, causing difficult conditions on roads across the country and pushing power consumption to an all-time peak.

Weather services are forecasting temperatures were expected to plunge to between minus five and minus 10 degree Celsius, with the cold snap set to last until the middle of the month.

[AFP / Expatica]

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