Snowfall grounds hundreds of flights in Greece and Turkey

Almost 950 flights were cancelled across Greece and Turkey on Sunday and Monday as a rare winter storm wreaked havoc on transportation.

The Greek government announced that a national holiday in affected areas on Tuesday had been extended to today.

The Foreign Office said in an updated travel alert: “Due to extreme weather in parts of Greece, there is severe disruption to transport and public services.

“The Greek government has announced a national holiday in affected areas on 25 and 26 January.

“This means the British Embassy in Athens and Vice-Consulate in Crete will be closed on both 25 and 26 January, and the Vice-Consulate in Rhodes will be closed on 26 January.”

The unseasonal snowfall which it Greece and Turkey on Sunday and Monday forced the cancellation of 943 flights, according to aviation analytics firm Cirium as it warned of further disruption.

All flights from Mykonos airport were grounded on Monday due to snow.

Istanbul airport saw the most cancellations with 416 services cancelled on Sunday and Monday due to snowfall.

Athens airport saw the second biggest impact, with 116 flights cancelled on Monday alone, according to Cirium.

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