MADRID Jan 10 Thousands of passengers were
still stranded at Madrid's Barajas airport on Saturday after
snow kept runways closed and flights grounded.
Only two of the airport's four runways were operating,
national television TVE said, citing comments by the head of
communications for Spanish airports operator AENA.
An estimated 985 flights were expected to take off and land
on Saturday, compared with 1,200 normally, according to AENA
The airports operator said it was meeting Barajas officials
to try to re-establish normal service after one of the heaviest
snowfalls in decades caused the international airport to shut
down for five hours on Friday.
More snow fell on the capital overnight allowing no respite
for passengers, including those travelling on Iberia IBLA.MC
who have already suffered weeks of delays and cancellations
because of industrial action by pilots.
Spain, like many other parts of Europe, has had an unusually
cold winter so far.
(Reporting by Inmaculada Sanz; Writing by Tracy Rucinski;
Editing by Katie Nguyen)