Unpredictable sleet forecasts have forced a halt to all incoming and outgoing flights at Munich Airport until noon local time on Tuesday. This abrupt decision by the airport administration has affected at least 150 departures and 160 arrivals. While flight operations are expected to resume later in the day, further traffic restrictions are anticipated.
Precaution Overruled Schedule
Germany's second-busiest hub, Munich Airport, has plunged into chaos with the majority of flights getting cancelled due to heavy snowfall. The airport and Lufthansa have advised passengers to stay at home unless they have confirmed that their flight is operational. This mass cancellation is a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of passengers and maintain the smooth functioning of airport operations amid adverse weather conditions.
Passengers' Frustration on Social Media
Many passengers vented their frustration on social media over the repeated flight cancellations and the lack of clear communication from airlines. In response to one user, the airport clarified that the snow-induced chaos was a 'first-time-ever' occurrence. Last year, a similar situation unfolded when 133 flights were cancelled due to a frozen runway.
Impact on City's Transportation
Besides the disruption at the airport, the city's railway system is also severely affected by the inclement weather. Only a handful of long-distance trains are operating from Munich Hauptbahnhof, the city's main train station. Lufthansa warned that more flights might be cancelled due to snow-covered vehicles and frozen airport equipment.
The airport administration has repeatedly urged passengers not to head to the airport unless they have received confirmation that their flight is scheduled to run. They have also been advised to keep a close eye on airlines' websites and apps for updates about their flights.