Scottish Flights Cancelled Due To Icelandic Ash Cloud ; Will More European Airspace Be Closed?

A Swiss tourist stands on highway one, just outside the ash fallout zone in Kirkjubaejarklaustur May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson

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.

(Please click here for ‘Volcano Eruption Closed Airports In Europe’).

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

A cloud of smoke and ash is seen over the Grimsvoetn volcano on Iceland on May 21. A plume of ash from the erupting volcano is being blown south towards Britain and could reach the airspace over mainland Europe later in the week, meteorological experts said. (AFP)

Volcanic Ash Closed Airports Again

Ireland, Scotland’s Outer Hebrides Islands and Faeroe Island closed their airports again for a few hours on Tuesday.

The volcanic ash from the volcano under the Eyjafilljallajokull glacier was blown to their airspace again.

Irish airspace was closed from 0600 GMT to 1200 GMT Tuesday.

Last month the volcanic ash closed most airports in Europe for a few days.

Passengers were stranded all over the world.

Will the volcanic ash close European airports again?

European Airspace Opens But Passengers Are Still Stranded

My father’s friend, Mr Steve McEwan still cannot get back to United Kingdom.

But the airspace is already opened.

Please click for European airspace developments as of 1942 GMT April 21, 2010.

The earliest he can fly home on Emirates airline will be on April 30, 2010.

His actual flight was on April 16, 2010.

He had been stranded in Kuala Lumpur for 7 days and has to wait for another 8 days to fly home!

The volcanic ash from under the Eyjafilljallajokull glacier caused European airspace to be closed for 5 days.

So, when the airspace is open on Wednesday millions of people tried to get home.

It needs a lot of plane trips to get everybody home.

So some stranded passenger are still stranded even when the European airspace is now opened.

Jenna Suttmeier , 21, right, and Shannon Grossman, 20, left, from Seattle, United States, play volleyball as they wait for their flight to Madrid at the Son Sant Joan Airport in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Spain's airport authority has closed 12 airports as the ash cloud emerging from an Icelandic volcano reaches the north of the country. (AP Photo/Manu Mielniezuk)

This is a disaster especially to the stranded passengers.

Latest List Of Europe Airport And Airspace Status(2100 GMT Tuesday)

Please click here for the latest list as of 1942 GMT Wednesday.

I am very happy that more and more stranded passengers are going home.

More airports and airspace are now open in Europe.

But it will take time to get everybody home.

Here is a list of countries as of 2100 GMT on Tuesday and their airspace status:

* Denotes new or updated item

AUSTRIA – Airspace open as of 0300 GMT Monday.

BELGIUM – Belgium has begun allowing planes to land and intends to allow some flights to depart from 1200 GMT.

BOSNIA – Airports open.

* BRITAIN – Airspace reopened at 2100 GMT.

BULGARIA – All airspace and airports open.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Airspace and airports open as of 1000 GMT on Monday. Situation to be re-assessed at 1000 GMT on Wednesday.

DENMARK – Will open most airspace from 0000 GMT Wednesday until at least 0600 GMT, opening up for traffic from Copenhagen and four other airports

ESTONIA – Airspace open until at least 0000 GMT Wednesday.

FINLAND – Airspace will be closed until at least 0600 GMT on Wednesday.

* FRANCE – Air France plans to run all long-haul flights on Wednesday, some flights to northern Europe remain suspended.

* GERMANY – Airspace restrictions will remain in place until 0000 GMT Wednesday.

HUNGARY – Hungarian airspace is fully open, the air traffic authority said around 0800 GMT on Tuesday.

* REPUBLIC OF IRELAND – Airspace reopened.

ITALY – Airspace has completely reopened.

LATVIA – Airspace open.

LITHUANIA – Airspace to remain open until at least 1800 GMT, when a new decision will taken.

LUXEMBOURG – Luxembourg Airport reopened at 0800 GMT, with flights due to start at 0900 GMT.

MOLDOVA – Moldova, which lies between Ukraine and Romania, resumed international flights from 0730 GMT.

MONTENEGRO – Airports open.

* NETHERLANDS – Passenger flights began on Monday. Night flights resumed on Tuesday.

NORWAY – Airport authority Avinor reopened all of Norway’s airspace for commercial traffic on Tuesday. The airspace will remain open until midnight GMT.

* POLAND – Will reopen airspace at 0500 GMT Wednesday.

ROMANIA – Airspace fully reopened.

RUSSIA – All airports open. Aeroflot is flying to the United States via the North Pole.

SERBIA – Airports open.

SLOVAKIA – Airspace and airports open as of 1240 GMT on Monday. Situation to be re-assessed at midnight GMT on Wednesday.

SLOVENIA – Slovenian airspace was opened at 1000 GMT on Tuesday. It had been partly closed since 0200 GMT Tuesday.

SPAIN – 17 airports open.

SWEDEN – Airspace open for flights north of a line stretching from Stromstad to Stockholm. High altitude flights over southern Sweden are allowed.

SWITZERLAND – Geneva and Zurich airports reopened on Tuesday morning though some flights were canceled at both.

TURKEY – All airports open. Planes flying out of the Black Sea cities of Samsun, Sinop and Zonguldak have been advised not to fly higher than 6,000 meters.

UKRAINE – Kiev’s Borispol airport open.

(Compiled by London Editorial Reference Unit)

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Will European Airspace Be Opened On Monday?

The volcano under the Eyjafilljallajokull glacier in Iceland is still erupting.

People cannot fly in some Europe airspace for the 4th day on Sunday.

Please click here for the ‘List Of Airspace And Airport Closed(1942 GMT Saturday)’.

In fact it affected more countries in Europe by Saturday.

More people cannot go back to their homes by plane.

Can people fly on Monday?

I think maybe people can fly in some places in Europe.

But some airspace will still be closed.

May be they should travel by ships to cross the ocean.

The train tickets were sold out because more people want to travel home on the trains.

Here is what I read from Reuters:

France said Paris airports would be closed until at least Monday morning. Italy maintained a shutdown of its northern airports. The Dutch extended a shutdown to Sunday morning and Switzerland closed airports until 1200 GMT (8 a.m. EDT) on Sunday.

British Airways, hit by strikes last month that cost it around $70 million, canceled all Sunday’s flights.

Ireland’s Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost carrier, has canceled all flights to and from northern European countries until 1200 GMT on Monday.

Europe’s biggest tour operator, TUI Travel, said it was cancelling all trips until at least 0800 GMT (4 a.m. EDT) on Sunday.

Disruption spread to Asia, where dozens of Europe-bound flights were canceled and hotels from Beijing to Singapore strained to accommodate stranded passengers. In Singapore, 45 flights were canceled on Saturday, Changi Airport said.

More than four in five flights by U.S. airlines to and from Europe were canceled on Saturday. Shipping company FedEx Corp said more than 100 FedEx Express flights headed to Europe were rerouted, diverted or canceled within the past 72 hours.

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