Winter weather disrupts airline travel

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Several flights from Oslo to Frankfurt were cancelled on Monday because of bad weather in Europe, and other flights were delayed as airports around the continent had trouble coping with snow and sub-freezing temperatures. 

Joachim Westher Andersen, spokesman for Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen, told Norwegian Broadcasting that both departing and incoming flights were either cancelled or seriously delayed. He recommended that passengers contact their airlines for updated status of flights, while other airports were telling passengers to contact their airlines before going to the airport.

Delays were long at airports in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Dusseldorf, Vienna, Munich and London. Heathrow Airport in London cancelled 130 flights on Monday to increase the time between each flight because of poor visibility. On Sunday, 250 flights were cancelled, stranding passengers like Kjell Brataas and his family from Oslo, who were supposed to return home Sunday evening. He told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the earliest return they were offered was on Tuesday morning.

He had re-booked on a flight due to leave Heathrow at 12:55pm on Sunday, in the hopes of getting to work on time Monday. It was cancelled, and he was rebooked to Amsterdam and on to Sandefjord, only to have that rebooking cancelled as well.

newsinenglish.no staff