FRANKFURT, Germany – Germany’s busiest airport had to cancel nearly 170 airline flights due to heavy snowfalls in the early hours of Monday while incoming flights were diverted to other German hubs.
However, by 1100 GMT, the Frankfurt airport authority, Fraport, said on its official Twitter account that runways were back in operation and ground crews were busy ensuring flights were returned to normal.
“All runways are operational,” the airports Twitter account said, adding, “snow removal in progress.” It also said that “our winter service guys are on duty in action until the last snowflake has been finally cleared.”
The airport said it had completed the deicing of 35 aircraft, with more in progress and with snow removal teams fully engaged in removing a “hill of cleared snow” and ice.
A Frankfurt airport spokesperson said various domestic flights to Berlin, Hamburg and Munich were affected by the snowstorm, as well as international destinations such as Vienna, Dublin and Warsaw.
Fraport also confirmed that Delta and Lufthansa flights scheduled to arrive from Atlanta airport in the United States had been canceled after that hub reported a massive power outage due to an electrical fire on Sunday.
Frankfurt airport can process some 65 million passengers per year. In 2016, the airport saw 60,786,937 travelers, making it the busiest airport in Germany, the fourth busiest in Europe, and the 12th busiest worldwide.
In November 2017, Frankfurt Airport had 39,120 aircraft movements, a 16.6 percent increase, year-on-year.