Cold weather, ice, snow and blizzard force winds continue to wreak havoc with those attempting to travel on the “Continent”, particularly those traveling in Eastern Europe. Section of the Danube River in Romania have been closed to traffic and other sections have frozen over for the first time in twenty-five years. See this detailed review at CNN for more information. These articles from the UPI and France24 provide details on various aspects of the continued weather troubles plaguing Europe.
It has been a tough week for travelers in Spain, Hungary and Eastern Europe.
Earlier this week Spanair, the fourth largest air passenger carrier in Spain, suddenly ceased operation, stranding thousands of travelers. See this article at the Avionics Intelligence web site for more information. Yesterday, Malev, Hungary’s leading airline, “collapsed” due to funding difficulties. Malev was Hungary’s official airline and carried substantial passenger traffic mainly within the country.
On top of the airline problems, dramatically cold temperatures and winter weather in Eastern Europe have contributed to a number of deaths and additional transportation delays.
It appears that this was a good week not to be in Europe.
Moscow has been caught in a vicious heatwave complicated by a dense layer of smog from forest fires in the surrounding area. According to reports in the press, the death rate in the Russia’s capital has doubled from the dual onslaught of high temperatures and terrible air quality. See this article in the Examiner.
This is not the time for tourists to visit Moscow. If you have plans for Moscow this month, we advise you to change them.