Persistent heavy snow prompted Bratislava's city hall to send out winter service vehicles to spread grit across the entire city for the third time in a single day on Monday, January 14, morning, the TASR newswire learned from head of the city hall's press department Daniela Rodinová. All the available 54 vehicles and machines were dispatched in an effort to combat the situation, which Rodinová called "highly complicated".
Convoys of vehicles obviously made the work more complicated. The first gritting 'mission' was launched half an hour after midnight, with the other two following at 5:00 and 10:00. The weather resulted in disruptions to regional public transport as well, with delays on some regular bus services to the Slovak capital reaching up to two hours.
Meanwhile, Bratislava's M. R. Štefánik Airport (BTS) handled 11 flights in the morning. That said, two regular incoming flights from London-Stansted and Brussels were diverted to Budapest's airport. "The decision to divert an aircraft to another airport is fully up to the aircraft's captain," said BTS spokesperson Dana Madunická, adding that the planes were re-directed due to the especially heavy snow between 9:00-10:00. Nevertheless, ever since it had begun to snow the airport has been employing all available mechanisms to ensure the safety of air traffic and runways, she added.
In the afternoon, transport situation in the capital got back to normal. However, more snow is forecast for the upcoming days.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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15. Jan 2013 at 10:00