Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Eruption Halts Flights: List Of Airports
Airspace Over Europe Shut Down Over Volcanic Activity In Iceland
Another Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption took place on Wednesday in the south of Iceland, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of people from the area.
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The ash that is being spewed from the erupting volcano has shut air space across Europe due to distracting airborne volcanic material. Yesterday, it was reported that air space over Norway was closed off due to limited visibility, and the skies over Sweden and Russia could be affected as well. Today, much of the air space over Europe is being shut down.
UK air traffic halted all flights across country until 1 a.m. EDT Friday due to the closure of British airspace by the UK air traffic control service (NATS). It is believed that the ash and smoke from the volcano are posing "a significant safety threat" to air crafts, reducing visibility and creating a possibility for debris to get sucked into engines.
As a precaution, flights have been grounded in Heathrow, one of Europe's busiest airports. NATS will make a further announcement at 20:00 today which will outline restrictions through to 13:00 tomorrow for Heathrow and the rest of the U.K.
At this point, it remains unclear when the flights across Europe will resume. It is estimated that tens of thousands of passengers have been stranded. Travelers with flights scheduled for affected destinations are encouraged to contact their airline for re-ticketing information.
Air routes have been affected in Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and the U.K.
- Iceland's Keflavik Airport is not closed. Flights to North America are scheduled, but many flights to Europe have been delayed or cancelled.
- Copenhagen Airport will be closed until noon time on April 16.
- The Schiphol Airport reports that air traffic to and from the Netherlands will come to a complete standstill after 7pm local time.
- All traffic to and from Oslo Airport is cancelled until further notice.
- Sweden's Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is also effected.
- The flights in airports in Finland will be on restriction until Friday 16 April, 3 pm.
- Belgian airspace will be closed from Thursday 15 April at 16:30 until Friday 16 April at 18:00.
France planned to shut eight airports in the country's north from 5 p.m. CET (11 a.m. EDT) , followed by a further 16 airports at 11 p.m. CET (5 p.m. EDT) including Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.
It is the second volcanic eruption in the area in less than a month. The first eruption near the site of Eyjafjallajokull glacier happened on March 20 of this year, but did not take place directly underneath the glacier, which helped avoid the flooding.