Snow stops nearly 500 flights in Frankfurt: airport

19th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Frankfurt airport, Germany's busiest, cancelled some 490 flights Sunday due to heavy snowfall which has created chaos throughout the European air traffic network, a spokeswoman said.

"Fresh snow is expected to fall around midday and could continue until midnight," she added, predicting further flights from the around 1,300 scheduled to be axed during the course of the day.

Hundreds of stranded passengers had to spend the night on beds set up in the airport terminals, some for a second night in a row.

Unusually heavy snowfall had already seen hundreds of flights scrapped Friday and Saturday, including several due to severe winter weather at other European airports, as the holiday travel season got underway.

Flag carrier Lufthansa advised passengers to use the German rail service, which was also hit by delays and cancellations.

© 2010 AFP

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