Massive cancellations of flights and trains hit Munich, Germany, due to heavy snowfall in Bavaria on Sunday (Dec 3). Munich Airport reported the cancellation of at least 760 flights on Saturday (Dec 2), suspending all departures until at least 6 am Sunday.
Buses, trams and train services were also hit, stranding a huge number of travellers at Munich’s main railway station.
“I’ve been sitting here in this place since one o’clock in the morning,” one passenger was quoted as saying by Germany’s regional Süddeutsche Zeitung, while another said: “We just want to know if there’s still a chance of getting out of here.”
A football match scheduled to be played between Bayern Munich and Union Berlin on Saturday was also postponed with “safety risks and the traffic situation [making] cancellation” unavoidable, according to a statement by Bayern Munich.
Police urged people not to travel in their cars unless it was absolutely necessary, while residents of some parts of southern Bavaria were told not to leave their homes at all.
Bavarian public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk on Saturday reported that the 44 centimetres of snow in Munich was the most snowfall ever recorded in December in the Bavarian state capital since records began in 1933.
Heavy snowfall also downed several trees in Bavaria, leaving “thousands of people” powerless across the state.
Some residents, however, were cheerier about the snowy atmosphere, with parents pulling their children along on sleds.