Heathrow flights resuming, Dublin hit by snow
Christmas travel rebounded on Thursday in Britain after days of snow-related delays, with most services running normally at Heathrow Airport and Eurostar, but heavy snow shut down Dublin Airport for several hours.world Updated: Dec 23, 2010 20:38 IST
Christmas travel rebounded on Thursday in Britain after days of snow-related delays, with most services running normally at Heathrow Airport and Eurostar, but heavy snow shut down Dublin Airport for several hours.
The Irish airport suspended flights in the morning because heavy snow made the runway unsafe, but reopened in the afternoon. Ireland has been hit by unusually heavy snow and frigid temperatures in recent days, causing widespread delays.
Cleanup efforts in London were aided by a slight rise in temperature that melted much of the ice. Heathrow Airport said both runways were open and about 90 percent of flights were operating. Eurostar also reported "near normal" service on its trains between England, France and Belgium.
The long lines of the past few days disappeared from the Eurostar hub at St. Pancras Station in London, where staff handed out coffee and croissants to relieved travelers.
But motoring groups warned that millions of drivers are expected to make Christmas holiday journeys over the next two days, snarling roads across Britain.
Police in England found the body of a 21-year-old student who disappeared in freezing conditions after a night out Saturday with friends. Duncan Gibbon's body was found on an embankment in the northern city of Newcastle.
A night storm dumped snow on most of Denmark, hampering road, rail, and air traffic with up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow. Worst hit was the Danish Baltic Sea island of Bornholm, where police urged people to stay indoors. In the south, the Danish army mobilized armored personnel carriers to help ambulances and other emergency vehicles get through the snow.
First Published: Dec 23, 2010 20:35 IST