Winter Storms in Europe and Pilot Strike in France Affect Travel and Tourism

Satellite Image for Europe for 05 February 2012, courtesy of The Weather Channel.

Although North America has had a relatively mild winter thus far, frigid conditions and snowfall have affected many European and some North African countries, causing numerous flight delays and cancellations.
While FlyerTalk members monitor the travel conditions due to snow in France, the airports which serve London are expected to reduce capacity today due to severe weather. Heathrow Airport, for example, is expected to reduce flight capacity by as much as 30 percent. There were also complications at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam as well due to snow.
If this is not bad enough, travel to France will be compounded further by a pilot strike expected to last from February 6 through February 9, 2012. My advice would be to avoid air travel to France this week, if that is at all possible, or perhaps consider travel via train from a neighboring country. Either way, please monitor conditions as frequently as necessary before traveling.
In other European and North African weather news, snow accumulated on the Colosseum in Rome — which was temporarily closed to the public due to icy conditions — for the first time in 27 years; frigid temperatures permeated Russia and prevented supplies of gas from being delivered; Algiers received measurable snowfall for the first time in years; greater than 220 people died in Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and Ukraine; and the Czech Republic reported a temperature as low as -36 degrees.
As what is now being called one of the worst winters in Europe in decades is not expected to subside in the immediate future, be prepared and consider keeping your travel plans to Europe as flexible as possible.

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