Violent storms cause travel chaos for Brits heading to Spain with airports closed

Thousands of Brits travelling to and from Spain are facing serious travel disruption today as torrential rain and gale-force winds have hit holiday flights, forcing the closure of a number of airports.

Palma airport in Mallorca has only just been reopened after being paralysed by the storms for more than an hour.

All departures and arrivals had to be stopped because of the atrocious weather conditions being suffered.

The airport is now operational again and attempts are being made to get the schedule “back to normal”.

Palma airport was closed at 9am due to the lack of visibility caused by the heavy downpour at Son Sant Joan.

It reopened again at 10.45am but there have been extensive queues with passengers waiting for information about their flights

Flights heading for the Balearic capital had to be diverted to other airports. Some of the aircraft have had difficulties changing course due to fuel shortages, air traffic controllers confirmed.

Diversions to Barcelona have caused further delays here. Ibiza airport was also affected by the storms and at one stage, Almeria airport on the mainland was also closed. Murcia’s international airport also had to close and has yet to reopen.

The Spanish airport authority is advising all travellers to check their flight status.

Mallorca is on major alert for bad weather, with the authorities closing beaches in Palma because of potential danger and also forbidding the use of playgrounds.

Three people have died in Spain, all having been trapped in their cars during flash flooding, and extensive damage caused in numerous holiday regions.