Ash from an Icelandic volcano, the Grimsvotn volcano under the Vatnajokull glacier forced the cancellation of dozens of flights to and from Scotland on Tuesday.
Last year, ash from another Icelandic volcano caused 100,000 flights to be canceled, stranding 10 million passengers and costing the industry an estimated $1.7 billion in lost revenue.
Norway’s airport operator said the ash cloud would cause some flight restrictions on its west coast on Tuesday and Denmark said a small area of its airspace would be closed.
Below are some of the flights affected as reported by REUTERS:
1. Ryanair cancelled 36 flights between Scotland and cities across Europe, was told by the Irish Aviation Authority not to operate flights to Scottish airports until at least 1 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT).
2. British Airways said it would not operate any flights between London and Scotland on Tuesday that arrived in Scotland before 8 a.m. EDT or departed from Scotland before that time.
3. Flybe, EasyJet and Aer Lingus all said they were cancelling some of their flights to and from Scotland on Tuesday.
4. KLM, part of Air France-KLM canceled 16 flights to and from four British cities scheduled for Tuesday. Fights to and from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle would be canceled on Tuesday morning, it said.
Europe’s air traffic control organization said that if the volcanic emissions continued at the same rate, the cloud could reach western French and northern Spanish airspace on Thursday.Map locates Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland that has started erupting. A plane flies past smoke plume from the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Olafur Sigurjonsson A cloud of smoke and ash is seen over the Grimsvoetn volcano on Iceland on May 21. (AFP/File) Smoke plume rises from the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland May 21, 2011. Airlines began cancelling flights to Britain late on Monday because of an ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano reaching its airspace, although experts expected no repeat of travel chaos from an eruption a year ago. Picture taken May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Olafur Sigurjonsson
Picture shows the growing ash plume from the Grimsvotn volcano, under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland, as its eruption begins May 21, 2011. REUTERS/Ingolfur Bruun Sequence pictures of the volcano eruption Sequence pictures of the volcano eruption
Most airports in Europe are still closed and some may not be open on Monday.
I got this latest list from Reuters.
I wonder when will this disaster ends?
Here is a list of countries affected as of 1942 GMT on Saturday:
BELGIUM – Airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Sunday. Main airline, Brussels Airlines, cancels all flights until Monday.
BELARUS – Airspace closed on Saturday for flights operating between 6,000 meters and 11,000 meters. Some routes east and south open.
BRITAIN – Airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Sunday. British Airways cancels all flights on Sunday.
DENMARK – Airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Sunday.
ESTONIA – Airspace closed until at least 2400 GMT Saturday.
FINLAND – Airspace closed until at least 1200 GMT Sunday.
FRANCE – Paris airports will be closed until at least 0600 GMT Monday, as will Nice and Marseille and northern airports. Toulouse, Montpellier, Pau, Tarbes, Biarritz and Perpignan remain open.
GERMANY – German airspace shut until at least 0600 GMT Sunday.
IRELAND – Airspace closed until at least 1200 GMT Sunday.
ITALY – Northern airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Monday.
LATVIA – Airspace closed Saturday.
NETHERLANDS – Airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Sunday.
POLAND – Airspace closed since Friday, partial reopening possible on Sunday.
PORTUGAL – Airports operating for flights to and from everywhere other than northern Europe.
RUSSIA – All airports open.
SLOVAKIA – Airspace closed as of 1300 GMT on Friday.
SPAIN – Madrid airport open, but carrier Iberia cancels all its European flights except those to or from Portugal, southern Italy, Greece and Turkey. Seven airports in northern Spain were re-opened shortly 1900 GMT on Saturday after being closed at 1800 GMT.
SWEDEN – Airspace closed on Saturday.
SWITZERLAND – Airspace closed until at least 1200 GMT Sunday, except for aircraft able to fly at altitudes of 36,000 feet or higher.
UKRAINE – Kiev airport closed to flights until at least 1200 GMT Saturday. Airports in Lvov, Odessa, Donestsk, Simferopol and Dnepropetrovsk also closed for an unspecified period.