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Planes and trains running again after snow delays

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12:25 CET+01:00
Air and train traffic across Sweden was back to normal on Saturday afternoon after major difficulties caused by snow and wind. According to Luftfartsverket, which is responsible for Sweden's airports, and SJ, the Swedish rail network, traffic is operation again without major problems.

"Landvetter and Sturup airports have reopened and planes have been operating without any problems since six o'clock this morning," said Erik Söderberg, head of information at Luftfartsverket.

"Arlanda has had slight delays but traffic is flowing well, just as at Bromma."

There were still safety concerns at certain smaller airports, but according to Erik Söderberg minimal weekend traffic meant that few travellers would be affected.

"But we'll know more about that when planned flights get underway," he told TT.

SJ tested key stretches of track in Skåne early on Saturday morning, and services resumed afterwards without any major problems. Traffic was also running again in west Sweden, as well as the middle and north of the country.

Trains between Malmö and Ystad were cancelled all morning but, according to Anders Reinhold at SJ's press office, traffic was expected to start again around lunchtime on Saturday.

Nevertheless, SJ warned passengers to expect delays between Skåne and Stockholm for the rest of the day.

"But the situation looks a bit brighter than yesterday," said Reinhold.

According to Bernt Möller at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) the snowfall had more or less stopped over the western part of Götaland on Saturday morning.

"It's drifted away over most of the country," he said to TT on Saturday morning.

"But it's still windy, which means the weather situation is still difficult. It's been mostly powder snow so even if there's no new snow it's drifting on the roads again. It's old snow shifting, especially in the country and in the south of Sweden," said Möller.

TT/The Local

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