• Sweden edition
 
Thousands of Swedes trapped in flight chaos

Thousands of Swedes trapped in flight chaos

Published: 21 Dec 2010 17:54 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Dec 2010 17:54 GMT+01:00

Separately, Swedish weather agency SMHI's latest forecast shows that snow will likely cause problems for travellers across the country during the Christmas holidays.

Scandinavian airline SAS' biggest problems involve flights in London and at Heathrow.

"It is the absolute worst there. From Frankfurt and Paris, things are running smoothly and we are getting passengers out. In London, we currently have about 5,000 to 6,000 SAS customers, but not all of them are going to Sweden. About 2,000 are going to Landvetter or Arlanda, said SAS information director Elisabeth Manzi.

"The remainder are heading to destinations in Denmark and Norway. The problems in London stem from Heathrow being closed for a longer time than the other large airports on the continent," she added.

The cancelled flights have forced a number of affected travellers to scrap their Christmas plans, while others are racing to salvage the holidays by coming up with alternative ways home, including taking buses to Copenhagen at their own expense.

Travellers have complained that SAS has offered them no help at all, saying that they have been told that they are responsible for their own arrangements.

SMHI changed after lunch on Tuesday its weather forecast for Thursday and Christmas Eve, saying that snowfall over southern Sweden is expected to extend further east out over the Baltic Sea.

"It is now set to really pick up on Saturday and snow over southern and eastern Götaland, as well as eastern Svealand. The largest volume will fall over Gotland and along the Baltic Sea provinces," said Anna Hagenblad, meteorologist at SMHI.

"The snowfall on land could be less. Most of the snow will fall over the Baltic Sea," she continued, adding that the forecasts are still very "disconnected."

Even if there is less snow than expected over southern Sweden on Thursday and Friday, there is still a risk of regular traffic problems.

"There will possibly be a warning on Friday (Christmas Eve) and it depends on the combination of snow and wind," said Hagenblad.

In connection with the snowfall, temperatures are expected to rise to -5 to -1 degrees Celsius in the southern parts of the country and -10 to -5 degrees Celsius in the northern parts of Götaland and Svealand.

SMHI has issued class 1 warnings on a rising scale of one to three for Blekinge and parts of northeastern Sweden, where up to 10 centimetres of fresh snow are expected to fall on Tuesday.

National rail operator SJ estimates 1 million passengers will travel by train during the Christmas holidays and has already admitted to not having enough resources to cope, especially if the weather causes problems.

TT/The Local/vt (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

18:11 December 21, 2010 by byke
Any travellers looking to get back, if you cant find a solution ...

Take the boat from Tilbury (east of london) to GBG.

Trains across Europe are suffering huge delays and issues. The German train operator "DB" is advising not to travel.

So get the boat as its direct :

Tilbury (East London) / GBG :

http://freight.dfdsseaways.com/dfds_ferrie...ilbury_ferries/

Immingham (Northern UK) / GBG :

http://freight.dfdsseaways.com/dfds_ferrie...ingham_ferries/

Ghent (Belgium) / GBG :

http://freight.dfdsseaways.com/dfds_ferrie..._ghent_ferries/

Anyone hoping to get home before xmas can also look for other boat routes via the link provided. As you can also go from immingham (Northern England) and Ghent (Belgium). But make sure if your interested that you look at the link asap as the boat times are very few before christmas.
18:32 December 21, 2010 by EtoileBrilliant
Love it when The Local's journalists use Google translate for large blocks of text. The articles read like a badly translates user manual.
22:31 December 21, 2010 by sgt_doom
Excellent! May they have all the time in the world to catch up on all the propaganda coming out of Sweden and the USA regarding the USA client state they call home (Sweden).

Over due for a full-scale investigation into the Swedish Prosecution Authority and one Beatrice Ask at Justice.
22:47 December 21, 2010 by MarkinBoston
Yes sgt_doom, those right wing Swedes have always been CIA stooges.

When a leftist hero rapes women, feminism becomes disposable.
23:02 December 21, 2010 by Rolle
Frankfurt is running smoothly? Bullcrap! My sister and her kids were left stranded in Arlanda today because of bad weather in Germany. So now we're gonna spend holydays some 8 thousand miles apart... Yeah, real 'smooth'.

And the issue with Heathrow isn't new. Last year gave us a glimpse of how unprepared are the british to cope with anything but rainy or sunny weather. A couple inches of snow and the whole island is left standing still for a week. Pathetic.
23:51 December 21, 2010 by Localer
don't understand, heard Stansted airport run smoothly but why not Heathrow ?
00:14 December 22, 2010 by byke
@ Localer

Its all about the physical size of airports, the amount of people passing through and finally the actual weather in that place.

Heathrow has had issues simply because :

1. They had a huge amount of snow

2. they had too many planes stuck there unable to take off so there were no space for planes to land

3. Due to the amount of passengers passing through it ... when a backlog appears it grows very quickly .... multiply this my 3 days and you are looking at a potential of half a million people stuck in one place with resources absolutely stretched.

4. Destination .... if you cant land at your destination, then you cant take off either.

Airports are there to make cash, and any large airport will do whatever it takes to get planes in and out .... there is no profit, only losses when incidents like this happen.
00:14 December 22, 2010 by iKenndac
^ Stanstead is a) much, much smaller than Heathrow and b) nearly 70km northeast of Heathrow, and may be having different weather conditions.
01:10 December 22, 2010 by Beavis
So the SAS lot are back from their holiday... They were nowhere to be found and not contactable during the busiest weekend of the year! Typical poor service. Theres not much they can do about snow, but they need to be there to arrange later flights etc, every other airline in Arlanda was there to try and help their passengers as best they could.

Im surprised Standsted is still operational though, they only have one de-icer machine.. Heathrow is a huge mess normally so no surpise that snow shuts it down fully, but anyone flying via the UK in December/Januaury knows they do not have enough equipment to cope.. its happened the last 3 years
02:09 December 22, 2010 by sgt_doom
To #4, MarkinBoston,

How typical. Your kind always believe those who strive in support of freedom and liberty are GUILTY until proven innocent.

Only you never allow them to go to court. Go to all the Stockholm airports, public and private, and I'll bet there's an aircraft at one of them registered to Jeppesen Dataplan (Boeing's Extreme Rendition Airlines -- and we know what passenger they await).
07:55 December 22, 2010 by wabasha
sgt doom is a tool. take your crazy talk somewhere else.
09:26 December 22, 2010 by krattan
@MarkinBoston

"those right wing Swedes have always been CIA stooges. "

There rather seems to be most influence from USA among the Social Democrats. One of the women accusing Assange is a Social Democrat. Their lawyer Claes Bodström works with former Social Democratic justice minister Bodström. Social Democratic party leader Mona Sahlin according to the wikileaks cables even asked USA for help in the autumn election she lost.

After all, the Social Democrats has been the ruling party for most of the 1900s in Sweden. So it only stands to reason that the US would have spent the most resources on them. Suppose the Social Democrats are the ones with most to lose in Sweden if more dirt from the wikileaks cables surfaces.
18:36 December 22, 2010 by jjoensuu
And appropos US influence in the Assange case:

Rove's hand seen in Julian Assange prosecution, sources allege

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/rove-co...julian-assange/

Above article brings up some claims that Karl Rove (who was an advisor to G. Bush the younger) has also been advising the Swedish Prime Minister and has something to do with the Assange case.

By the way how common is it that someone is wanted on Interpol because of this type of rape accusations? Or did they do that in the Assange case because he is known to travel a lot?

Also one of the accusers supposedly came out with that that thing had been her worst sex experience. It is kind of interesting she would say that, because it *hints* at the situation actually having been consentual.
Today's headlines
Opinion
'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'
The submarine hunt is now in it's sixth day. Photo: TT

'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'

Military expert Johanne Hildebrandt tells The Local that the biggest question in the Stockholm submarine hunt hasn't been answered yet - why don't we know more about the "other operations" from the last few years? READ  

The Local List
Eight things to love about renting in Sweden
Apartments in Sweden are compact. Photo: Shutterstock

Eight things to love about renting in Sweden

A housing crisis means that short-term sublets are the norm in major cities and rent regulation rules are frequently flouted. But this week, The Local's decided to look on the bright side of renting an apartment in Sweden. READ  

Business & Money
Nordea banks big third-quarter profit gain
Nordea's Chief Executive Christian Clausen. Photo: TT

Nordea banks big third-quarter profit gain

Swedish bank Nordea announced on Wednesday a sharp rise in third quarter profits despite the economic slowdown and major outlays for an IT overhaul. READ  

National
Knutby priest faces early release from prison
Knutby in eastern Sweden, the scene of the murder. Photo: TT

Knutby priest faces early release from prison

A former priest in eastern Sweden who was sentenced to life in prison for organizing the murder of his wife has had his sentence reduced. READ  

Opinion
'Sweden will see Russia as a threat again'

'Sweden will see Russia as a threat again'

The Local speaks to one of Europe's leading security experts about why social media meant the Swedish military couldn't keep their 'submarine' search a secret and how she believes the country will ramp up its security against Russia. READ  

Interview
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
Comedian Al Pitcher has launched his new tour. Photo: www.alpitcher.com

'Swedes are funnier than they think'

New Zealand-born Al Pitcher launched his new comedy show in Stockholm this week. There wasn't a dull moment as The Local phoned up the man who has become one of Sweden's hottest comedians, while he took an eventful stroll in the capital. READ  

National
Stockholm suicide bomb investigation closes
The suicide bombing took place in 2010. Photo: TT

Stockholm suicide bomb investigation closes

Sweden's Security Service (Säpo) has announced that it will stop its core investigation into a suicide bombing in Stockholm four years ago. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Military heads into 'new phase' in sub search
The search for the missing 'submarine' is now in its sixth day. Photo: TT

Military heads into 'new phase' in sub search

A press conference on the search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters revealed that the Armed Forces would be heading into a "new phase" on Wednesday, although it remained unclear what that might involve. READ  

Lifestyle
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
The bronze replica cannon. Photo: Beth Dacey.

Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden

A replica of one of the cannons present on Stockholm's iconic Vasa warship when it sank in 1628 is being tested for the first time in central Sweden. READ  

Health
Swedish farmers contracted swine flu
Swine flu can spread between pigs and humans. Photo: TT

Swedish farmers contracted swine flu

A human strain of the swine flu virus normally only found in pigs was discovered in Sweden earlier this year, the country's Public Health Agency has revealed. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
Blog updates

21 October

Denna & den här (The Swedish Teacher) »

"?Denna? or ?den hr?? Swedish language students often ask question about different pronouns. One pronoun that especially..." READ »

 

19 October

Getting it (Blogweiser) »

"Follow Joel Sherwood on FB Few watch baseball in Sweden. This is excellent when your team loses..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Politics
Ten new minister faces you should know
Tech
First womb transplant baby in world born in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 5th
National
What's on in Sweden
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

1,007
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN