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Ukrainian Airport Re-Opens After Icelandic Volcano Eruption

22. April 2010 by Gregg 0 Comments


After a volcano situated underneath the Eyjafjallajokull Glacier in Iceland erupted on April 14th, air travel in Europe and around the world has been affected in various ways due to the presence of ash in the atmosphere and airways. While Iceland itself was barely affected due to the jetstream blowing the ash away, many countries have had to restrict and even ban air travel to and from them to ensure safety.

Ukraine and Belarus were both countries affected by the eruption – Belarus’s airspace remains closed and the country has even had to cancel the BelSwissBank Ice Hockey tournament (which set to pit Belarus, Slovakia, Switzerland and Germany up against one another) due to the flight restrictions. The good news for Gentlemen planning a flight to meet single Ukrainian women is that Ukraine has now re-opened their airspace, initially allowing President Viktor Yanukovich to visit Poland for the funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski. After the President’s flight departed from Kiev’s Borispol airport, the other airlines slowly began resuming their flights.

Ukraine initially had a restricted, but not totally closed airspace. Flights headed to Kiev were being diverted south, to Simferopol airport, which was itself closed later on as the ash spread.

Russia, while experiencing a little over 300 flight cancelations, did not have the same response as much of Europe and has kept many of its airports in operation. Many flights leaving Russia’s airports have been canceled due to their destination countries having closed airspaces and remained that way until they started re-opening today.