Press release ADV: Winter services working round the clock at German airports09.12.2010
Aircraft de-icing can result in unpredictable delays at some airports. These delays are unpredictable not because of the procedures at the airport, but due to delivery bottlenecks at the few companies which specialise in supplying de-icing fluids. These delivery bottlenecks are a European problem.
Despite the great efforts made by the airports to maintain normal operations, sometimes delays and cancellations are unavoidable due to the fact that capacities are downscaled in response to the weather conditions. These capacity restrictions are essential to ensure the safety of operations.