Storm Filomena Disrupts Air Travel in Madrid

A traveler described scenes of “chaos and despair” at Madrid’s main airport on January 12, after snow from Storm Filomena caused disruption to air travel and left some passengers stranded for several days, according to reports.

This footage, by Pablo Vicente, shows passengers at Madrid-Barajas Airport waiting for a flight to Santiago, Chile, that was delayed by more than 13 hours by early on January 12.

Europa Press reported that 117 flights from the airport were canceled on January 11.

Aena, the airport’s operator, said operations were gradually returning to normal by January 12, but warned passengers to avoid the airport until flights were confirmed by their airline. Credit: Pablo Vicente via Storyful