- Title: FRANCE: Heavy snowfall leaves flights cancelled in Paris
- Date: 12th March 2013
- Summary: ROISSY-EN-FRANCE, FRANCE (MARCH 12, 2013) (REUTERS) CARS ENTERING CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT VARIOUS OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER IN SNOW VARIOUS OF PLANE TAXIING IN HEAVY SNOW PLANES IN SNOW VARIOUS OF PASSENGERS IN TERMINAL SCREEN SHOWING FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS PEOPLE CONSULTING SCREENS SIGN READING (French and English): "SNOW, TRAFFIC DISRUPTED." VARIOUS OF DEPARTURE SCREEN VARIOUS OF BELGIAN PASSENGER HENRI DERICK READING BOOK (SOUNDBITE) (French) BELGIAN PASSENGER HENRI DERICK SAYING: "We've come from Guadeloupe where it was 25 degrees. The plane followed its normal path except that when it arrived it flew round for a good half an hour before landing and then it was a long time before we could get off plane because we need the steps and so on and the plane had an hour's delay. And now we had to go to Brussels on the TGV but we already know that they're all cancelled or delayed. My wife has gone to the information desk now and I don't know what's going to happen in the end." VARIOUS OF PASSENGERS IN TERMINAL BUILDING
- Embargoed: 27th March 2013 12:00
- Location: France
- Country: France
- Topics: Weather,Transport
- Reuters ID: LVAEAR7NHIZ56ZBSNBHWCCIHEYUC
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- Story Text: One in four flights were grounded at Paris' biggest airport on Tuesday (March 12) as heavy snow continued to fall across the region.
France's weather authority put most of the north of the country on orange alert -- the second highest level -- with wintery conditions leading to the cancellation of a quarter of flights at Charles de Gaulle, one of Europe's major transport hubs.
Snow also led authorities to cancel 20 percent of flights from Orly airport where French media reported on Tuesday that an aircraft had slid off the runway, without anyone being injured.
Train operators also cancelled services with Eurostar announcing that none of its cross-Channel trains would be running.
Belgian passenger Henri Derick's flight from Guadeloupe was delayed when it arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport and he told Reuters TV he feared it would be hard to continue his journey to Brussels.
"We had to go to Brussels on the TGV but we already know that they're all cancelled or delayed. My wife has gone to the information desk now and I don't know what's going to happen in the end," he said.
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