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Iceland Volcano Causes Europe Travel Chaos


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Oh boy. What if this happens in mid-July 2012?? :blink:

Should help the British medal haul no end.

Seriously, it's an act of nature. No use complaining about it. We've just got to get on with it.

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Airspace across much of northern Europe remained closed Monday, but Britain announced that Scottish airspace would reopen Tuesday morning after five days of almost continuous closure. Lufthansa Airlines, based in Germany, said it had received permission to run 50 flights from Asia, the Americas and the Middle East to three German airports.

Scandinavian nations also allowed a handful of intercontinental flights.

The easing of restrictions came amid mounting pressure from airlines to reopen certain flight corridors, if not all of European airspace. Faced with severe economic losses, airline and airport executives have become increasingly critical of aviation authorities, accusing them of overreacting to the plume of ash and dust and unnecessarily prolonging the lockdown on air travel.

Several European airlines have conducted test flights without incident in the last two days, which executives say is proof that at least some flights could take place safely.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-volcano-airports-20100419,0,5851270.story

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One of my colleagues was on vacation on Teneriffa (one of the Canary Islands) last week and wanted to fly back on saturday, but the flight was cancelled.

He booked a flight from Teneriffa to Madrid for sunday/monday night and flew to the Spanish capital - then he took a train to Paris, where he arrived at 03:00 am on tuesday - now I wants to get to Hamburg today by train or car to be in the office again tomorrow...

Well, it is interesting to see how the world, the economy, the people depends on normal air traffic...

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Should help the British medal haul no end.

Seriously, it's an act of nature. No use complaining about it. We've just got to get on with it.

well, looks like it's happening already. Seems that the Russian men's gymnastix team won't get to Birmingham in time.

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Air travel in Europe took a few halting steps toward recovery Tuesday, even as a new cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland began drifting east, threatening further flight delays.

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In Britain, some departed from Scotland and Northern England, but in the south, London's Heathrow airport, one of the world's busiest hubs, remained closed for most of the day. Authorities allowed it to reopen late Tuesday.

Meteorologists said more ash and grit from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano was heading toward the European mainland, raising the possibility of extended or renewed flight bans.

In Germany, Lufthansa Airlines ran intercontinental flights out of various airports, many of them bound for the United States. The carrier said it planned to do so again Wednesday and would fly some domestic and European routes.

Air France said it was able to resume 95% of its long-haul flights and 25% of its medium-haul routes Tuesday. Long-haul service should be fully restored Wednesday, as well as nearly all medium-haul flights and half of its domestic ones, the airline reported.

Planes also landed and took off Tuesday from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, another busy European hub.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-volcano-travel-20100420,0,6381269.story

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Back home, four days late, but back!!

Meant to fly back Sunday from Pisa but obviously didn't happen. Easyjet were very, very good and put us up in a 4* hotel for four days until they could get us out. So it just turned into an extended holiday really but with the worry of not knowing how long till we got back.

I notice Ryanair by contrast have been leaving people in the lurch; Stelios and co will definitely be getting my money next time I want to fly rather than the Irish lot.

Of all the things that could have gone wrong on this short holiday a bloody Volcano in Iceland wasn't something I'd thought of. You couldn't make it up really. But Florence is very pretty, and had a nice day in Chianti. And the volcano meant we got to see Cinque Terre and some other bits of Italy too. So not too bad. Glad to be back home though. :)

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Good to have you back Rob. There's worse things than having an extended holiday, but it must be great to be home.

you are right, there are worse things than having an extended holiday, but we have to keep in mind that there were people, who got really into trouble - since they ran out of their medicine, out of money, lost their accomodation, got stuck in a transfer zone of an airport and couldn't leave it, since they hadn't have a visa for the country etc. etc.

Two of my colleagues were stuck - one in Teneriffa and one in Rome - the flight of the one in Rome was diverted to Vienna and then they were put in a bus, which drove through Germany to Hamburg (in the bus were Swedes, Finns, Germans, etc. etc.)

The other one bought a ticket from Teneriffa to Madrid (which airport was open) - then I rent a car (the last one and only rentable to Paris) - he drove to Paris and had to bring it to Orly airport - then he had to go to Charles de Gaulle airport - it was 03:00 am - then he rent a car from Paris to Hamburg...

He had the luck that his wife had a credit card of another bank - since his credit card ran out of money...

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Volcanic ash brings more flight disruption

11:03AM BST 08 May 2010

Thousands of air passengers faced further disruption to flights as ash cloud from the erupting volcano in Iceland caused more flights from the UK to be cancelled

Spain closed nine airports and a further six were to be closed later on Saturday afternoon as a cloud of ash from the Icelandic volcano drifts south over western Europe.

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Forecasters have warned that northerly winds on Sunday could carry more ash over the north west of the UK and spread it over the rest of the country on Monday or Tuesday.

On Wednesday an area of low pressure over Iceland is expected to move the ash away from the UK.

Met Office forecaster Andy Bodenham said that the higher level ash cloud was currently over the Atlantic.

Lower level ash is over Spain and moving towards the south of France, but is expected to disperse over the next few days.

Most flights between Europe and North America are being diverted because of the ash cloud's latest drifting, with most being re-routed around the 1,200 mile ash cloud.

Aena, Spain's national airport management agency, said the airports affected are Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Zaragoza, Pamplona, La Rioja, Santiago, A Coruna, Vigo, Asturias, Santander, Leon, Valladolid, Burgos and Salamanca.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/7695668/Volcanic-ash-threatens-more-flight-disruption.html

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