Snowstorm brings Munich airport to standstill and hits travel in central Europe
A winter storm dumped snow across southern Germany and parts of Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, affecting travel across the region.
All flights were grounded at Munich’s airport on Saturday after a winter storm dumped snow across southern Germany and parts of Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, affecting travel across the region.
After initially announcing a halt in air traffic until noon on Saturday, the airport later announced flights would be cancelled until 6am on Sunday.
Other airports in the region, including in the Swiss financial capital Zurich, also announced weather-related delays and cancellations.
Trains to and from Munich’s central station were also halted, Germany’s national railway said, advising passengers to delay or reroute their journeys.
In Munich, no buses or trams were operating as of Saturday afternoon, the local transit authority said.
Some subway and regional train lines were also affected by the weather.
Downed trees left “many thousands” of people without power across the state of Bavaria, the utility company Bayernwerk told dpa.
Officials for Germany’s Bundesliga also announced that a football match between Bayern Munich and Union Berlin, originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Munich, was postponed.
In Austria and Switzerland, the new snowfall led officials to raise the alarm about the danger of avalanches.
The provinces of Tyrol and Vorarlberg in western Austria raised their avalanche warnings to the second-highest level after the region received up to 50 centimetres (20in) of snow overnight.
The Austrian railway company OeBB said on Saturday afternoon that various stretches of its routes across the country were closed due to the storm.
In the Czech Republic, the major highway and some other roads were blocked for hours, trains and public transportation faced delays and cancellations, and more than 15,000 households were without power.
Traffic jams also hit other parts of the highway as well as the D5 that links Prague with Germany.
A number of high-speed and regional trains had to stop in the southern part of the country as cross-border trains from neighbouring Austria and Germany did not operate, and some roads were expected to remain closed for the day.