Iceland volcano wreaks havoc on Euro flights

Flights restrictions may remain “for a number of days” as an erupting Icelandic volcano continues to spew a plume of volcanic ash 11 km into the sky, wreaking havoc on European airspace. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said the disruption could last another two days and a leading volcano expert said the ash could […]


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Flights restrictions may remain “for a number of days” as an erupting Icelandic volcano continues to spew a plume of volcanic ash 11 km into the sky, wreaking havoc on European airspace. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said the disruption could last another two days and a leading volcano expert said the ash could present intermittent problems to air traffic for 6 months if the eruption continued. Some 11,000 flights were expected to take place in European airspace on Friday, less than half the daily average of 28,000 as a result of the eruption. Due to the danger that volcanic ash poses to jet engines and flight safety, airspace is currently not available for operation of civilian aircraft in the following countries/areas: Ireland, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, the north of France including all Paris airports, parts of Germany including Düsseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin and the airspace around Frankfurt, parts of Poland including Warsaw airport. Forecasts suggest that the cloud of volcanic ash is continuing to move east and south-east and that the impact will continue for at least the next 24 hours, the European air traffic control organisation Eurocontrol said Friday morning.