Snowfall disrupts transport in Spain

21st December 2009, Comments 0 comments

Flights and eight high-speed intercity trains were cancelled because of the rough weather.

Madrid – Snowfall disrupted road and rail transport in Spain Monday and forced the cancellation of dozens of flights as a cold spell continued to grip much of Europe, officials said.

Two of the four runways at Madrid's Barajas airport, one of Europe's busiest, were closed due to poor visibility, a spokeswoman for national airport authority AENA said.

The runways closures had led to the cancellation of the arrival of 27 flights and the departure of another 26 on Monday, she added.

Eight high-speed trains linking Madrid to the coastal cities of Barcelona, Malaga and Seville were cancelled because of the rough weather, a spokeswoman for state railway operator Renfe said.

Circulation was difficult on nearly 200 main roads across Spain because of the weather, the interior ministry's traffic management agency DGT said on its website.

Traffic was blocked or circulating at reduced speeds at practically all many access roads into the Spanish capital, a DGT spokesman said.

Barajas is the fourth largest airport in terms of passenger traffic after London's Heathrow, Paris' Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt's main airport, according to the Geneva-based Airports Council International.

AFP / Expatica

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