Easyjet scraps Berlin flights due to de-icer shortage

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British budget airline Easyjet scrapped all flights leaving from a snow-covered Berlin on Friday morning because of what it called a "serious" shortage of de-icer to make its aircraft safe to fly.

On Thursday, some 200 flights operated by all airlines were scrapped at Berlin's two main international airports, about one third of those scheduled, a spokesman said, partly for the same reason.

The Bild newspaper cited a spokesman for Swiss chemicals company Clariant, which supplies de-icer to airports, as saying that there were supply problems.

"There are bottlenecks. There has been an early start to winter across Europe. Everyone needs de-icer all at once," the spokesman said.

Heavy snow was also causing major delays on Germany's roads and railways.

© 2010 AFP

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