Widespread disruption as snow hits European airports

Heavy snow also caused problems in airports across Europe today.

Heavy snow also caused problems in airports across Europe today.

Lyon-Bron airport in south-eastern France, and Geneva, Switzerland’s second biggest airport, were closed as staff struggled to clear the runways.

Zurich airport reported delays and cancellations on the day many VIPs, including former US President Bill Clinton and the Spanish Prime Minister, were travelling to FIFA’s headquarters to push their countries’ bids to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The presence of so many private jets in Zurich today meant the airport had to turn down requests for diverted landings.

“We don’t have any free space at the moment,” a spokeswoman said.

The European air traffic control authority Eurocontrol also reported severe delays at Berlin’s Tegel airport and in northern Spain.

Geneva airport will be closed until at least 1pm Irish time, said a spokesman.

Swiss weather agency Meteosuisse forecast more snowfall throughout the day as a low-pressure front centred over western Europe moves slowly eastward.

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