Planes update: Norwich International Airport re-opens after runway is de-iced

Norwich International Airport has been closed today because of heavy snowfall in recent days. Norwich International Airport has been closed today because of heavy snowfall in recent days.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
2:31 PM

Norwich International Airport has now started allowing inbound and outbound flights to run after its runway was passed for use.

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Subzero temperatures combining with the heavy snow of the last two days had meant the runway was not able to be used before 2pm.

The airport’s chief executive, Andrew Bell, said: “As of now we are open and unless anything changes then we will continue to be so, and obviously that will depend on the weather.

“It is not if it is below freezing that means we shut, it is if ice is on the runway. We are at the mercy of the conditions but it is not us that decideds to shut the runway anyway, it is the CAA (Civial Aviation Authority) which decides.”

Meanwhile Stanstead airport, in Essex, is currently operating all flights as normal despite a foggy start to the day.

Passengers are being advised to check the latest flight information before setting off for the airport and to allow extra time for their journey.

Further advice has been published on the airport’s Twitter feed, @STN_Airport, saying: “Many areas of Europe are affected by heavy snowfall so passengers are advised to check their airline’s website for the latest flight info.”

- For more details of why Norwich International had to shut, and the processes which are put in place to get it open again, see tomorrow’s EDP and Norwich Evening News.

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