Dublin Airport reopens after heavy snowThursday 05 February 2009 22.11
The Dublin Airport Authority says the airport has reopened and flights have resumed after heavy snowfalls this afternoon.
The airport reopened at 7.45pm and some flights have arrived and departed.
The DAA says almost half of its flight operation was cancelled by the closure, which amounts to over 200 flights.
The authority says there is no snow forecast tonight and that normal flight operations should resume in the morning.
Passengers are advised to contact their airlines regarding travel plans for tonight.
All Aer Lingus flights due to depart today have been cancelled.
Passengers booked to travel on affected Aer Lingus flights are advised not to come to the airport. It intends to operate a full schedule tomorrow.
Ryanair plans to operate to schedule but says there may be a knock-on effects because it was forced to cancel flights tonight.
Aer Arann says it has had to cancel six flights and divert two others.
Flights from Galway and Waterford to Luton, a flight from Dublin to Cardiff and one from Cork to Cardiff have all been cancelled. Domestic flights from Dublin to Galway and Donegal were also affected.
The airline says passengers on cancelled flights to or from the UK are being re-booked on to later flights. Those with domestic bookings are being offered surface transport.
Adverse weather conditions also affected flights from George Best Belfast City Airport this morning.
Belfast International Airport was operational but some flights were cancelled or delayed.
Passengers are advised to contact their carriers at both airports.
Hazardous driving conditions are reported across Leinster and Met Éireann says more snow and icy conditions are expected.
There have been heavy snowfalls in the east and north.
Gardaí have advised motorists to drive with extreme care, particularly on back roads.
Conditions are expected to worsen as temperatures drop tonight.
AA Roadwatch says there is widespread disruption of traffic in many parts of the country.