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Heavy snowfall disrupts flights in Europe

Last updated on: December 20, 2010 15:10 IST

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

An aircraft manoeuvres on the runway at Edinburgh Airport, in Scotland.

Motorists in Scotland were told to stay at home after hundreds of drivers were stranded overnight after snow and freezing temperatures brought more chaos to travellers in northern Britain.

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Heavy snowfall disrupts flights in Europe

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A child waits at Budapest International Airport.

Heavy snowfall on Saturday caused flights to be delayed for hours in Hungary.

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Heavy snowfall disrupts flights in Europe

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Check-in desks are empty in Heathrow's Terminal 4.

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 on Sunday and said only a few planes would be leaving.

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Heavy snowfall disrupts flights in Europe

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Planes and vehicles are seen at the snow-covered Vienna International Airport.

Heavy snowfall caused delays on flights and roads in Austria.

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An airline passenger waits in a trolley bay in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, in west London.

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A motorway sign is seen near Gatwick airport on the M23 motorway in south England.

Heavy snow grounded all flights at Gatwick airport on Wednesday, while the worst early winter weather in almost two decades also caused severe delays on roads and rail lines up and down Britain.

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A plane sits at a snow covered Edinburgh airport, Scotland.

Heavy snow grounded all flights at Gatwick airport south of London.

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A departures board shows cancelled flights on the Gatwick Express platform of Victoria Station in London.

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Commuters check the train departures board for delays and cancellations at Victoria Station in London.

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An aircraft is parked on the snow covered tarmac of Zaventem International Airport near Brussels.

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Heavy snowfall disrupts flights in Europe

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An elderly woman waits at Budapest International Airport.

Heavy snowfall on Saturday caused flights to be delayed for hours in Hungary.

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An employee of the company EFM, who run aircraft towing and de-icing services at Munich airport, de-ices a TAP Portuguese airline plane.

Heavy snowfalls caused serious traffic jams and numerous minor traffic accidents all over Germany.

Air travel in the south of the country was also disrupted.

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Airline passengers lie on the floor in Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport.

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Workers use a blower to remove snow from the tarmac of Zurich airport in Kloten after the region was hit by strong snowfall.

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An engineer clears the nose of a snow covered plane at Edinburgh airport, Scotland.