Frankfurt airport cancels 170 flights

18th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Frankfurt airport, Germany's busiest, on Saturday cancelled about 170 flights due to severe winter weather across Europe, an airport spokesman said.

On Friday 560 out of 1,400 flights had been cancelled for the same reason, but Frankfurt's runways were open on Saturday morning.

"We are trying to control the situation with the help of our partners," said the spokesman who expected a large number of delays and cancellations during the day as other European airports were closed.

Some 2,500 passengers were stranded overnight Friday at the airport and German carrier Lufthansa was trying to make arrangements for train travel for many passengers whose domestic flights have been cancelled, said the spokesman.

In Britain, a fresh layer of snow disrupted air travel, with British Airways scrapping all flights departing from London Heathrow between 1000 GMT and 1700 GMT, and domestic and European flights from London Gatwick on what is traditionally the busiest weekend for travellers before Christmas.

© 2010 AFP

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