News / Europe

Snow Brings Europe to a Standstill

A snow covered aircraft is parked on the airfield at Berlin's Schoenefeld airport in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. Snow and freezing temperatures continued to cause holiday travel problems Monday for road, rail and air passengers all over Europe
A snow covered aircraft is parked on the airfield at Berlin's Schoenefeld airport in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. Snow and freezing temperatures continued to cause holiday travel problems Monday for road, rail and air passengers all over Europe
Diaa Bekheet

Northern Europe has been hit with its third day of extreme weather, with snow and ice cutting off travel links across Britain, France, and Germany.    

Passengers have been stranded at airports across Europe, with flights canceled in Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London.  Britain's Heathrow Airport canceled most flights and hundreds of people slept overnight in its terminal buildings.

Road and train travel have also been hit, trains linking England to France and Belgium were delayed or canceled.

Customers say the transport industry has not coped well with the cold weather.

"No one was doing anything, all the stairways were blocked off, so there were like, guards, just standing there," said Fleur Wackett, a Eurostar train traveler stranded in London. "No one told us anything. I stood there for two hours.  I could not move because I was surrounded back to back with different bodies."  

A spokesman for the travel industry group ABTA, Sean Tipton, says many holiday tourists have canceled overseas trips.  

"In Northern Europe we are seeing one of the worst winters for 25 years and certainly the impact in the U.K. has been pretty catastrophic," Tipton said. "It has also impacted on France, on Germany, and to a certain extent in Italy as well.  So pretty, pretty chaotic scenes."  

He says it also means many foreigners who live in Europe will not be able to get home for the Christmas season.  

"It is not just about holiday makers," Tipton said. "It is also about people going home to visit friends and family.  And obviously that clearly will mean there are a lot of expats who will find that their flights have been affected, in many cases just simply canceled.  The problem is once a flight has been canceled, because it is a very busy time of year anyway, there is not a lot of availability to get people home so this is causing fairly major problems."  

Forecasters say the severe weather is likely to stay through Christmas.

You May Like

Polls Open in Scotland Independence Vote

As race to persuade undecided voters continues, 'No' voters say they believe life in Scotland will slowly improve, 'Yes' vote not worth the risk More

China to Invest $20 billion In India Amid Border Dispute

Border spat between armies of two countries in Himalayas underlines mutual tensions despite growing commercial ties highlighted by Xi Jinping's high profile visit More

Ukrainian Activist in Despair About Future of Her Country

IrIna Dovgan, accused of being a spy and tortured by pro-Russian separatists, is appealing to UN Human Rights Council to support her country More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Wateri
X
September 17, 2014 8:44 PM
Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.
Video

Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Future of Ukrainian Former President's Estate Uncertain

More than six months after Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych fled revolution to Russia, authorities have yet to gain control of his palatial estate. Protesters occupy the grounds and opened it to tourists but they are also refusing to turn it over to the state. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mezhigirya, just north of Kyiv.
Video

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

China says its has sentenced three men to death and one woman to life in prison for a deadly knife attack in March that left more than 30 dead and 140 injured. Beijing says Muslim militants from China's restive western region of Xinjiang carried out the attacks. Now, more than six months after the incident, residents in the city are still coping with the aftermath. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Kunming.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid