Thousands of flights and train
services have been cancelled across Europe because of snow and ice, leaving
many travellers stranded.
Few flights were leaving London
Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, and one third of flights were cancelled in
major hubs like Paris and Frankfurt.
Departures from Brussels airport
were to be cancelled until Wednesday due to a lack of de-icing liquid.
Roads in a number of countries have
been described as treacherous.
The UK, France and Germany were
among the worst-hit areas, with forecasters warning of freezing weather all
There were also severe delays on
the Eurostar rail service between the UK and France and Belgium, and Thalys
trains between France and Belgium were also affected.
Lines of delayed passengers formed
outside London’s St Pancras station as speed restrictions hit rail travel in
England and northern France.
Eurostar urged travelers to cancel
or postpone their trips if possible.
Further snowfalls in the Paris
region caused serious problems for drivers, and heavy goods vehicles were
barred from major routes.
Paris bus operator RATP cancelled a
number of its services.
Pick up this week’s edition of the
Caymanian Compass to find out how Europe’s winter nightmare is impacting
Caymanian residents trying to reach friends and family for the holiday as well as Europeans planning to fly to Cayman over the holidays.