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Snow traps thousands at Madrid airport

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MADRID (Reuters) - Thousands of passengers were stranded at Madrid’s Barajas airport late on Saturday after snow kept runways closed and flights grounded.

The third of the airport’s four runways opened on Saturday and normal services were expected to resume on Sunday, Spanish press reported, citing comments by director of Spanish airports operator AENA, Javier Marin.

Some 45,000 passengers have suffered flight delays or cancellations at Barajas 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 as the bad weather added to disruptions in service caused by weeks of industrial action by pilots.

Spain, like many other parts of Europe, has had an unusually cold winter so far.

Reporting by Inmaculada Sanz and Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Katie Nguyen