A Glance at Flight Disruptions Due to Volcanic Ash

Saturday, 17 Apr 2010 06:39 PM

 

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Here is a glance of the flight disruptions and airspace closures across Europe and beyond, caused by a lingering volcanic ash plume drifting from Iceland.

U.K.: All airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Sunday (2 a.m. EDT Saturday). British Airways canceling all flights in and out of the U.K. Sunday.

Ireland: All airspace closed until at least 1200 GMT (8 a.m. EDT) Sunday.

France: Paris airports and about two dozen others in northern France will remain closed until 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) Monday morning.

Germany: All airspace closed until 2 p.m. (1200 GMT) Sunday.

Austria: Lower airspace (below 7,500 meters) closed until at least 1200 GMT Sunday, but higher airspace (above 7,500 meters) has been gradually reopened since 1800 GMT Saturday.

Belgium: Brussels Airlines canceled all flights until noon Monday. Belgian airspace closure until at least 0600 GMT Sunday.

The Netherlands: All airspace closed until further notice.

Canada: Airports across the country canceled flights to and from northern Europe.

Switzerland: Swiss air space closed until 1400 GMT Sunday. Planes using instruments can fly across Switzerland as long as they stay above 20,000 feet (6,000 meters).

Italy: Airspace in northern Italy closed until 0600 GMT Monday.

Spain: Iberia canceled all of its European flights — except those linking Spain with Portugal, south Italy, Greece and Istanbul — until further notice.

Nordics: All airspace in Sweden closed until further notice; in Denmark till at least 0600 GMT; and in Finland until 1200 GMT Sunday. Only airspace in Norway's far north is open, with 21 small airports in northern Norway open for travel.

Bosnia: Airspace closed down at least until early Sunday.

Czech Republic: All air space will remain closed at least till Sunday noon.

Croatia: International airports in the capital of Zagreb and in Osijek, in the east, and those in the western parts of the country were all closed.

Slovenia: International airports in Maribor and Portoroz closed.

Serbia and Montenegro: Airspace including southern Adriatic Sea closed until further notice.

Belarus: All flights banned until at least 1300GMT. At the Minsk National Airport most flights to Europe have been canceled.

Ukraine: All Ukrainian airports closed until further notice except for Simferopol in Crimea.

Russia: About 185 flights from Russian airports are delayed or have been canceled.

Australia: Qantas airline said its five flights that normally flies from Australia to Europe via Asian cities were flying Saturday and Sunday only as far as the Asian stops.

New Zealand: Air New Zealand flights to London remain canceled for a second day, with an estimated 2,000 passengers waiting to leave the South Pacific country.

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