, 2022-12-20 02:00:00,
Blizzard conditions throughout Iceland grounded flights and stranded thousands of holiday travelers, who were forced to sleep on the floor at Keflavik Airport for a second day. Photo courtesy of Iceland parliament member Gisli Olafsson
Dec. 20 (UPI) — Blizzard conditions throughout Iceland grounded flights and stranded thousands of holiday travelers, who were forced to sleep on floors and benches at Keflavik Airport for a second day, with more delays forecast due to heavy snowfall and strong winds.
The Icelandic Meteorological Office issued a travel alert Tuesday for the entire country warning of dangerous weather, and severe conditions at the airport.
Thousands of passengers were unable to fly out for a second day, while others who flew into Iceland since the weekend were unable to get out of the airport to their hotels.
The road between Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik and the airport was shut early Tuesday, which meant many airport employees were unable to get to work to help with the crowds.
“High winds and dangerous icy road conditions are affecting transfers from Keflavik International airport,” the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said. Emergency services are also “providing blankets and water at the airport for those stranded.”
A member of Iceland’s parliament, Gisli Olafsson, tweeted late Monday that more than 20 busloads of passengers were stuck at the airport for more than 24 to 36 hours before making it to…
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