Munich Airport suspends all flights due to freezing rain

5 December 2023, 08:34

Cancellations board
Germany Europe Weather. Picture: PA

Severe weather conditions have affected the southern German state of Bavaria.

Munich Airport has temporarily suspended flight operations on Tuesday morning due to freezing rain as cold weather continues to affect the region.

All flights were either cancelled or postponed between 6am and noon (5am and 11am GMT), with the airport warning that many flights scheduled for later in the day may also be affected by the severe weather conditions.

The airport, Germany’s second biggest, announced the temporary shutdown on Monday night as a result of weather forecasts for Tuesday.

Snowfall on a bus shelter
Severe weather has affected the region (Lukas Barth/dpa via AP)

“The operating areas will be de-iced in the first half of the day. The plan is to allow air traffic to resume from midday,” the airport said on its website.

“However, it can be assumed that the majority of flights will also have to be cancelled during the rest of the day for safety reasons.”

Tuesday’s cancellations came after all flights at Munich Airport were grounded on Saturday following heavy snowfall in the city and in Germany’s southern state of Bavaria.

Southern Germany as well as neighbouring Austria and Switzerland have been experiencing heavy snowfall which has affected public transport all over the region and led to alarm about possible avalanches.

By Press Association

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