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Munich airport suspends flight operations due to heavy snowfall

Munich International Airport (MUC) was forced to close and suspend all morning flight operations on December 5, 2023 after heavy snowfall blanketed the airport, runways and planes.

Rain that froze overnight due to negative temperatures coupled with snowfall have all contributed to the temporary closure of the airport. 

This comes after operations were also halted on the weekend of December 2-3, 2023 due freezing temperatures.

MUC, which is the second busiest airport in Germany, announced via social media that air traffic will be suspended until 12 pm on December 5, 2023.

Announced freezing rain during the night: air traffic will be suspended until 12 noon on Tuesday, December 5
On Tuesday, 5.12. there will be no take-offs and landings from the start of operations at 6 a.m. until 12 noon.

— Munich Airport (@MUC_Airport) December 4, 2023

After the snow, Munich is now expecting freezing rain. @MUC_Airport is therefore suspending all operations from 12:00am until 12:00pm tomorrow. After reopening, only very limited air traffic will be possible. Please check the flight status at & in the app.

— Lufthansa (@lufthansa) December 4, 2023

“On December 5, 2023, there will be no take-offs and landings from the start of operations at 06:00 until 12:00 noon,” the airport said.

Private jets meant to take parts of the German delegation to the UN’s annual Climate Change Conference #COP28 in Dubai got stuck in the snow at Munich Airport yesterday.

Southern Germany experienced its largest snowstorm in nearly 100 years.

— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) December 3, 2023

Among the aircraft frozen during the weekend closure were private jets for German delegates heading to the Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai.

the weather in Munich Germany
03/12/2023, Last time we saw like this snow in Germany Italy France or Spain it was 2011 here
Here Munich Airport in germany

— Du’ale Hanshi (@AnwarH1211) December 3, 2023

The airport also announced that the Christmas and winter markets will also be closed until December 8, 2023, and light rides will be suspended.

The Christmas and Winter Market will be closed until Friday, 8.12.23., and the light rides will not take place.

— Munich Airport (@MUC_Airport) December 5, 2023

In a video clip, airport workers can be seen removing and clearing snow on the morning of December 5, 2023, to make sure operations resume on time.

German engineered snow removal at the Munich Airport. Some travelers have been stranded for 96 hours.

— (@clubkleinoc) December 5, 2023

“The operating areas will be de-iced in the first half of the day. The plan is to allow air traffic to resume from midday. However, it can be assumed that the majority of flights will also have to be canceled during the rest of the day for safety reasons,” the airport said on its website.



Please contact your airline before traveling to the airport to find out the status of your flight. If your flight is canceled, please use the airlines’ online services, as there is insufficient capacity available at the airport for rebooking.

— Munich Airport (@MUC_Airport) December 4, 2023

The airport also said that there is “insufficient capacity” available at the airport, and advised passengers to use their respective airline’s online services.

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