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Snow, ice create chaos in Europe

Europe saw little respite yesterday from the Arctic conditions that closed airports and disrupted travel over the weekend before Christmas, traditionally one of the busiest times of the year.

Europe saw little respite yesterday from the Arctic conditions that closed airports and disrupted travel over the weekend before Christmas, traditionally one of the busiest times of the year.

London’s Heathrow, the world’s busiest international airport, which was forced to close both its runways for much of Saturday because of heavy snow, was not accepting inbound flights yesterday and said only a few planes would be leaving.

About 30 metric tons of snow were being shifted away from each parking stand around the planes, but ice was making it dangerous for the aircraft to be moved.

“There comes a point at which the weather has such an impact that it’s simply not safe to fly,” said Andrew Teacher, spokes­man for airport operator BAA.

 
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