BRITS bound for Greece and Turkey has faced huge travel disruption after a storm caused heavy snowfall on the resort islands.
Rare images show Mykonos covered in snow while passengers at Istanbul airport face flight delays and cancellations.
The British Foreign Office has warned of severe disruption to transport and public services due to “extreme weather” in parts of Greece.
“Due to severe weather in parts of Greece, transport and public services were severely disrupted,” the website says.
“The Greek government has announced a national holiday in the affected areas on January 25.
“This means the British Embassy in Athens and the Deputy Consulate in Crete will be closed.”
A video shared on social media shows a resort in Mykonos covered in snow, with the sea completely covered in fog.
Some of the island’s most popular beaches were also forced to close.
One person tweeted: “Snow on Mykonos. No wonder I’ve never seen this before: the last time it snowed in the Cyclades was half a century ago!”
Other images showed heavy snowfall across Athens, with rescue teams, including the army, working through the night to evacuate thousands of people trapped in their cars on the highway.
As temperatures dropped overnight, soldiers distributed food, water and blankets to motorists, some of whom had been trapped in their cars for more than 10 hours.
Government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou said more than 3,500 people had been evacuated, some leaving their cars on foot, but about 1,200 vehicles were still stuck on Attiki Odos, the capital’s main ring road, government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou said. know.
“We had a very difficult night and a sublime evacuation effort is underway on Attiki Odos,” he told Greek television.
“We are still in a very difficult period, as the forecasts suggest that we will face difficulty (weather) again,” he said.
Most flights from Athens Airport have been cancelled, with Aegean and Olympic Air operating limited routes.
And in Turkey, Istanbul airport was forced to close, while Turkish Airlines suspended their flights due to snow-covered runways.
Passengers were stranded on a stranded flight and complained on social media that they had no drinks or blankets while waiting for their next flight.
One woman wrote: “We have been stuck at #IST airport for 30 hours with no help or answer from Turkish Airlines. Passengers are starting to protest.”
The airline posted on social media: “At the discretion of the authorities and for the safety of our valued passengers, our flights departing from Istanbul Airport will be operated for a limited time using runways ready for flights, due to adverse weather conditions in Istanbul.”
Major highways were closed across both countries and basic services like food delivery stopped.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8260162/greece-turkey-travel-warning-flights-cancelled-snow/ Greece and Turkey travel warning as extremely rare weather causes holiday hotspots to be covered by SNOW and flights canceled