Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures were still severely disrupting air traffic in Europe on Tuesday, with Germany particularly badly hit as European officials criticized airport authorities for failing to prepare for the bad weather…….Brussels airport cancelled flights because it was running out of deicing fluid,…….
As the disruption continued, the European Commission criticized airport operators in western Europe for being ill-prepared to cope with bad weather.
The commission, the European Union\’s executive arm, may draft new rules if airport operators can\’t voluntarily take action to plan better for severe weather, Siim Kallas, the commission\’s transport-policy chief, said in a statement.
\”I am extremely concerned about the level of disruption to travel across Europe caused by severe snow,\” Mr. Kallas said. \”It is unacceptable and should not happen again.\”
Would it be impolite of me to point out that the European officials, European Commission and Siim Kallas are all highly likely to be trying to use that closed Brussels airport to get home for the holidays?
Economic tradeoffs about extreme and rare weather be damned when it\’s only the taxpayers\’ money being wasted to reunite a politician with his Saturnalia Feast, eh?