Friday 20 October 2017

Norwegian casts a cold eye on our snow snarl-up

Ralph Riegel, Paul Melia and Anne Lucey

A BEMUSED Norwegian traveller sighed as he gazed out the terminal window after his flight had been cancelled.

"But that isn't heavy snow," Martin Hermansen said.

But the falls on Sunday night and early yesterday morning closed Cork Airport for almost 16 hours -- and left 5,000 passengers stranded as up to 50 flights had to be cancelled or delayed.

When asked how he thought Ireland coped with snow, Martin shrugged and bluntly replied: "Not very well -- not at all. They are not used to it. That is the problem ."

Flights to Amsterdam, Munich, Birmingham, Dublin and London airports were hit yesterday after more than 10cm of snow fell on the the runway which meant the airport did not re-open until 12.30pm.

Dangerous

Iarnrod Eireann apologised to passengers on the Dublin to Tralee train on Sunday night after it arrived more than four and a half hours late.

The 45 people on board were delayed after the train had to run on reduced engine power. When it finally arrived into Killarney. only 12 people were left on board but they could not be transferred by bus to Tralee because the roads were so bad.

Bus Eireann was forced to cancel services in Cork and Kerry because of dangerous conditions, and people living on the northside of Cork city were without a bus service until mid-afternoon.

Dublin Bus operated full services on all but five routes, while Iarnrod Eireann operated as normal with services restored to the Docklands station.

There was no delays at Dublin Airport.

But large swathes of the country continued to experience dangerous driving conditions.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) warned of the danger of skidding on grit.

Irish Independent

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