Three in 10 flights cut at main Paris airports: authority

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French authorities cancelled three in 10 flights on Monday from Paris's main airport Charles de Gaulle and its second-biggest Orly, as fresh snow heaped misery on stranded Christmas travellers.

"Air traffic at all airports in the Paris region is very disrupted," the DGAC civil aviation authority said in a statement.

It said it had "asked airlines to cut 30 percent of flights, until 6:00 pm (1700 GMT) at Roissy (Charles de Gaulle) and all day at Orly," where the runways were closed briefly on Monday morning after more heavy snow fell.

Thousands of passengers were already stranded over the weekend at airports in Paris and other European hubs including London Heathrow, as snow and ice caused many flights to be cancelled.

Eurostar and Thalys trains linking France with Britain and Belgium continued to be delayed on Monday, forced to move slower because of the snow, the French rail company SNCF said.

Authorities banned heavy trucks from the roads around Paris and many buses were cancelled in the region, the RATP Paris transport network said.

© 2010 AFP

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