Snow disrupts flights, roads across Europe

Airports close runways as heavy snow hits England

Flights have been suspended at Birmingham Airport while the runway is cleared, leaving passengers facing delays, while a north-bound section of the M1 has been closed in Leicestershire due to numerous vehicles being stranded. Some people boarded planes and waited for hours on the tarmac, only to have their flights cancelled.

At least 50,000 passengers were forced to wait for the recovery of global air traffic departures as well as inbound flights, Sputnik reported, citing The Independent. Many arriving flights were diverted.

Heathrow administration suggested that passengers check the status of their flights prior to traveling to the airport.

The disruption at the UK's busiest airport was blamed on planes having to be de-iced before take-off and after they land, with a backlog caused by aircraft stands being full.

Three New York services were cancelled as well as two each to Dubai and Toronto, with many Asian flights also cancelled. "Passengers were taken from Manchester back to Birmingham on coaches". Reuters reported that the regional airport of Eindhoven was shut completely on Monday, canceling all flights.

Although Heathrow remained open throughout the day, around 150 inbound and outbound flights were cancelled - partly because of a reduction in the arrivals rate stipulated by air-traffic controllers, and partly due to delays in de-icing. Germany and France were were also hit by snow, and flurries were even seen as far south as Venice in northern Italy.

Power has now been restored to more than 100,000 homes, following the heaviest snowfall in the United Kingdom in four years.

Snow has affected several areas across the country, as well in the UK.

The temperature in some rural areas fell to minus 10 degrees Celsius, leading to power outages in parts of England, Wales and Scotland.

Birmingham Airport has also closed its airfield as a result of the snow, and has not given any indication as to when passengers can expect it to reopen.

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