The latest Mediterranean storm resulted in the cancellation of several flights at Nice Airport on Friday afternoon. An incoming British Airways flight was cancelled in the early afternoon, as the airport authorities suspended all landings. By early evening, after the runways were reopened, most incoming and outgoing flights were delayed by about two hours. The 21:10 to Gatwick is delayed for an indeterminate time, as is the 20:20 BA service to Heathrow.
In Nice, part of the Promenade des Anglais was closed to both traffic and pedestrians due to high winds, and as a result of a rockfall the A8 was closed in both directions at just after 17:00 above Menton. Several roads are closed along the coast. The orange alert was changed to yellow on Friday afternoon, but very high winds are expected on Sunday, December 22.
The storm could not have come at a worse time for families trying to travel to meet loved ones over the Christmas period. The general strike against pension reform continues to paralyse the French rail service, with only a small number of trains running through Monaco Monte-Carlo. The last train to Nice on Friday evening, at 19:59, was delayed by 45 minutes.
PHOTO: Nice Airport