Heavy snow hits European airports

Heavy snow hits European airports

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A snowplough attempts to tackle the snow at Geneva International Airport (AP)

Heavy snow has caused problems across Europe.

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

Zurich airport has reported delays and cancellations on the day many VIPs, including former US President Bill Clinton and the Spanish Prime Minister are 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 means the airport has 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 Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman said.

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

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