Snow wreaks havoc on European travel

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Air and rail passengers across Europe faced huge disruption to their Christmas travel plans at the weekend as snowfalls in the UK, France and Germany caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled and train services to be delayed.

Snow caused transport chaos across the UK, with thousands of air passengers left stranded. Roads were so badly affected that more than half of some regions’ salt supplies for the winter has already been used.

The latest freeze is prompting transport operators to rethink their resources, with London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports increasing their investment in clearance equipment. “This is not a one-in-20-years event. It’s going to be more frequent than that as the past few weeks have shown,” said a Gatwick spokesperson.

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