Limited operations reported at snow-stricken European airports


Airports throughout Europe are reporting a slow return to operations as icy weather and snowstorms continue to disrupt air operations.

London Heathrow confirms it will be operating about one-third of its normal flight schedule until 6 a.m. local time on Dec. 23, while London Gatwick has reopened though delays and cancellations are likely throughout the day. Heathrow Express trains will meanwhile be running a free service for passengers from the terminals to London.

Amsterdam Schiphol confirms the airport is operational despite delays and cancellations, as is the case with Frankfurt, which is reporting five-hour delays and 30% of flights cancelled. Paris Charles de Gaulle is operating flights but expects significant disruption to air traffic. Dublin Airport has had to suspend operations.

Passengers are being advised not to go to airports unless they have a confirmed seat on a flight, and to check with the airline, airport websites and even Twitter feeds for flight information.

British Airways says significant disruptions are likely for some time and today released a policy on unticketed bookings. All unticketed bookings on BA mainline services for travel between Wednesday and Saturday will be canceled at 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

All unticketed bookings on BA mainline services for travel between Sunday and Monday, Jan. 3, will be canceled at 10 p.m. on Dec. 23.

This applies to all bookings, including new bookings made in this period regardless of fare rules. Any new bookings that are not ticketed and are made within the above-mentioned time periods will be canceled at 10 p.m. each day.

Delta confirms flight delays caused by the European weather chaos in Minneapolis-St.Paul, Detroit, Chicago O’Hare and Philadelphia, among others.

United and Continental customers whose flight plans have been affected by severe weather at certain European airports through Dec. 24 may reschedule their itinerary with a one-time date or time change, and the change fees will be waived. If a flight has been canceled, a refund in the original form of payment may be requested.

The weather disruptions have prompted the European Commission to call an urgent meeting with airport officials to plan for future events like this and set appropriate service levels in case of poor weather.


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