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Volcano Eruption Halts All Air Traffic Over Northern Europe

15. April 2010 by Admin 0 Comments

Attention travelers! If you have plans to visit your beautiful Russian bride this week, you may encounter some issues.

All air flights in and out of the UK, Belgium, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have been suspended as ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland moves south. There are also partial cancellations in Netherlands, Finland, France and northern Russia. The duration of these cancellations will depend on where the ash cloud drifts. Also, over 100 flights in the US bound for Europe have been delayed until further notice.

The UK's air traffic control service said no flights would be allowed in UK airspace until at least 0700 BST on Friday amid fears of engine damage, as the tiny particles of rock, sand and glass in the ash cloud could jam engines. The airspace restriction is the worst in living memory, a spokesman said. The BBC's transport correspondent Richard Scott says that up to 600,000 travelers across the UK have been stranded because of the flight cancellations.

The volcano is in the Eyjafjallajoekull area of Iceland and it has erupted twice in the last month. One scientist in Iceland said the volcano could continue to “belch ash into the atmosphere for days or even weeks, causing continued disruptions in air travel,” reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

Travelers are urged to check with their airlines if they are expecting to fly into Europe over the weekend from the US, Canada, Australia or South Africa.

Source: BBC News