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Winter travel chaos continues

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The nightmare for travellers stranded by extreme weather in parts of Europe is set to continue. In Amsterdam’s Schipol airport up to 3,000 passengers endured an uncomfortable night in a terminal after their flights were cancelled or delayed.

It has meant long-lasting knock-on effects for arrivals and departures. The Netherlands is experiencing its heaviest snowfalls in 25 years in some areas. Airports in France experienced similar problems. Thousands of people had an enforced overnight stay at Charles de Gaulle in Paris, despite the best efforts of airport staff to keep runways clear. “The weather here is the same affecting other airports in northern Europe,” says one senior manager. “Planes arrive late, and depart late. With conditions like we have we’re obliged to lengthen the time between take-off and landings for safety reasons. So the flow of traffic is reduced,” he said. It is not just airports that have been hit by the late-winter cold snap. Road transport in several countries have been badly affected. The icy weather is set to continue for a few days. Spring seems a long way off.