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German airports are experiencing delays and cancellations due to freezing temperatures

German airports are experiencing delays and cancellations due to freezing temperatures

The delay and cancellation were announced on January 17 and 18.


Air transport in Germany has been affected by freezing temperatures and severe weather, causing hundreds of flights to be grounded.

Airports are warning of severe turbulence due to extreme cold creating dangerous conditions for planes on the ground and in the air.

Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled on Wednesday and the disruption is set to continue throughout Thursday (January 18).

Travelers are advised to check the status of their flights before heading to the airports.

Flights canceled at German airports due to “severe” conditions.

Travelers planning to fly out of airports in Germany on January 18 and the coming days are being warned to expect disruptions.

The German Meteorological Service warned of heavy snowfall across the country, with its thickness expected to reach 30 cm in some places during the next 24 hours.

Freezing temperatures cause dangerous conditions for pilots.

Frankfurt Airport Currently it is the most affected. The travel center warns of significant flight delays and cancellations.

On Wednesday, 570 flights out of 1,047 scheduled arrivals and departures were cancelled. More than 300 flights out of 1,000 scheduled for Thursday were also cancelled.

The airport said that although planes can be de-iced, they risk icing again as they move down the runway.

“Due to expected weather conditions, flights will be suspended and canceled on January 17 at 12:00 GMT.” Frankfurt Airport. A company spokesperson said that weather-related flight disruptions are also expected on January 18.

Travelers are requested not to come to the airport if their flights are cancelled.

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Munich Airport It was also affected, with 254 flights cancelled.

In western Germany, Saarbrücken Airport was closed on Wednesday, and Dusseldorf and Cologne/Bonn airports were also affected by delays. Cancellations.

The German Meteorological Agency raised its weather warnings in some areas to level four, or “extremely dangerous.”

At Frankfurt Airport, black ice warnings were issued. When this accumulates on runways, it reduces aircraft drag and risks accidents.

Freezing rain is also a problem for pilots when they are in the air. If ice accumulates on an aircraft's wings, it can destabilize the aircraft.

Lufthansa flights are likely to see the most flaw. The company has its bases at Frankfurt and Munich airports.


Passengers are requested to check the status of their flights on the company or airport websites in advance and not to go to the airport in case Cancellations.

In December, Munich Airport was forced to close for several days due to snowy conditions. One of the planes, which was not in use at the time, flipped over after snow accumulated on the fuselage.

Rail travel in Germany has been disrupted due to icy conditions

German state railway company Deutsche Bahn (DB) also warned about this Delay And cancellations due to freezing conditions.

The company canceled several long-distance connections and limited the maximum speed of its ICE high-speed trains to 200 kilometers per hour on Wednesday as a precaution.

DB warns Thursday is likely to see more services affected by severe weather.