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European airlines battle to add flights as snow eases

British Airways plc is struggling to restore flights at its London Heathrow hub even as runways are cleared of snow and ice that closed airports and snarled Europe’s road and rail networks for four days.

British Airways plc is struggling to restore flights at its London Heathrow hub even as runways are cleared of snow and ice that closed airports and snarled Europe’s road and rail networks for four days.

While Heathrow operated at about 70 percent of capacity yesterday, British Airways built its timetable around advice that Europe’s busiest airport would be limited to one-third of flights until this morning.

“It takes some time to rebuild an operation of our size and complexity at very short notice,” British Airways said.

BAA Chief Executive Officer Colin Matthews said he’ll forgo an unspecified annual bonus following the disruption and will focus on “rebuilding confidence” in Heathrow.

Thousands of air, rail and road travelers remain marooned across Europe in the wake of winter storms that produced Britain’s worst early snow in 17 years.

 
 
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