Travel Waivers Issued as Snow Storm Pounds Munich Airport

Jan 5, 2019

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While snow is a welcomed sight for skiers at resorts throughout the Alps, winter weather is wreaking havoc for travelers and commuters across parts of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The winter storm has already brought with it heavy snow, sleet and gusty winds, and is expected to continue through the weekend and into the early part of the week. Lingering snow showers and icy conditions at major airports have prompted some airlines to issue travel waivers and advisories.

Munich Airport

Munich Airport (MUC) is the largest airport impacted by the recent round of winter weather. The airport serves more than 44 million passengers annually and is the second largest hub for Lufthansa. More than 120 flights have already been canceled with additional cancellations expected. In addition to flight cancellations, Munich is also reporting 70 delayed departures exceeding one hour. Flights are being impacted as a result of snow removal operations and extensive deicing efforts.

Other airports in the region are also having issues as a result of the winter weather. Stuttgart Airport, Innsbruck Airport and Zurich Airport are experiencing cancellations and delays. In addition to disrupted flights, Deutsche Welle is reporting rail service delays and cancellations.

Waivers and Advisories

Multiple US and European airlines have issued travel advisories and waivers as a result of the winter weather. The following major airlines have issued waivers as of January 5th:

  • Delta Air Lines:
    • Travel On: January 5-6
    • Travel On/Before: January 11th
    • Destinations: Munich (MUN), Nuremberg (NUE), Stuttgart (STR)
    • Options: Waived Change Fees
  • United Airlines:
    • Travel On: January 5-6
    • Travel On/Before: January 10th
    • Destinations: Munich (MUN)
    • Options: Waived Change Fees
  • Lufthansa:
    • Travel Advisory Only
    • Contact Lufthansa or partner airline directly for flight status and rebooking policies

Cancellations and delays are expected to continue into the beginning of the week as the winter weather exits the region. As always, we recommend that you check with your airline prior to your departure date to make sure flights are on schedule. Though only two major airlines have issued travel waivers so far, other airlines in the region may also offer waived fees or additional rebooking options.

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