Snow forces flights cancellation at Paris' Roissy airport

19th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Some 40 percent of flights were to be cancelled at Paris's main Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport Sunday because of snow, avaiation authorities said.

Airport officials asked their European counterparts not to allow departures of Roissy-bound flights until 2:30 pm (1330 GMT), a source said.

Another source said some 20,000 passengers were patiently awaiting their flights at various Roissy terminals.

Some 450 aircraft were however able to take off with delays averaging one hour and 20 minutes. Incoming flights were running an hour late.

Snow had forced the closure of the airport's four runways Sunday morning and only two reopened by 2:00 pm (1300 GMT).

Orly airport, south of Paris, faced much less disruption with flights running 45 minutes late on average and several cancelled.

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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