Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Flights: List Of Airports April 19
Eyjafjallajokull: Mixed Message For Passengers
Just as millions of passengers stranded around the world unable to fly because of the ash cloud thought their worries might be over, more bad news is coming from the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) of the U.K. The latest update from the National Air Traffic Services that manages British airspace says that the volcano eruption in Iceland has strengthened and a new ash cloud is spreading south and east towards the UK. The situation around the Eyjafjallajokull volcano is becoming more ambiguous as stranded passengers are getting mixed messages about air space restrictions in the skies over Europe.
Just this morning, NATS was hopeful saying that the volcanic eruption has reduced and the volcano was not currently emitting ash to altitudes that will affect the UK. Moreover, airports around the world started re-opening their airspace to allow for the first flights to come in.
German air carrier Lufthansa has resumed flight operations. As of April 19 at 17:30 ET, the carrier announced that it has resumed operation of a majority of its long-haul flights. On Tuesday (April, 20th) all long distance Lufthansa flights were expected to be operated on schedule. In addition, on Tuesday morning, single domestic flights were also supposed to take place.
KLM airlines say, "[the company] will gradually begin European flights into and out of Amsterdam on Tuesday 20 April. All intercontinental flights scheduled to arrive into Amsterdam are expected on Tuesday April 20th after 0800 hours."
This morning, British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh said test flight proved that blanket restrictions were 'unnecessary.' However, British Airways still cancelled all of its flights to and from London airports on Monday. On Tuesday, the air carrier will aim to resume some flights into and out of London's airports from 7pm on Tuesday April 20. It was expected that all longhaul departures that were scheduled to depart after 4pm and all shorthaul departures scheduled to depart after 7pm would get up into the air.
Here is a list of airports with the new up-to-date operating schedules:
--Schiphol Airport (Netherlands) says Dutch airspace will gradually become available for air traffic on Tuesday. Air traffic to and from the airport will commence in phases. Initially flights will only take place at daylight and capacity will be limited.
--Copehagen Airport (Denmark) remains closed until 14:00 on Tuesday April 20.
--Oslo Airport (Norway) says airspace over the airport will be open for traffic until 8.00 AM Tuesday morning.
--Frankfurt Airport (Germany) says inbound and outbound air traffic has been halted at the airport until 2 o'clock Tuesday morning.
--Swedavia Airport (Sweden) - as of April 19 at 4:15 p.m., the airspace over Sweden has now been opened for air traffic to and from all Swedavia airports, with the exception of Malmö Airport.
--Helsinki Airport (Finland) -- on Monday, April 19, the airspace was opened for a short time but was closed again at 8 pm tonight. After that all flights to and from Helsinki Airport are cancelled. The flight restrictions are valid until Tuesday April 20 at 6 pm.
--Heathrow Airport (UK) -- Flights suspended until 7:00, Tuesday 20 April.
--Brussels Airport (Belgium) -- The Belgian airspace remains closed until Tuesday 8 hours. Air traffic will then start gradually before coming to its normal situation in the coming days.
--Vienna Airport (Austria) -- flight operation resumed at 5:00 a.m. on Monday, April 19
--Tallinn Airport (Estonia) -- flights are cancelled until 15:00 on Monday 19 April.
--Charles de Gaulle (France) -- partial reopening of the air traffic over Paris from Tuesday April 20, 8 am.
--Krakow Airport (Poland) remains closed.
--Prague Airport (Czech Republic) -- the Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic have enabled a temporary opening of the airspace above the Czech Republic on condition that it is at a particular operating airline's decision if it uses this option. This provision will take effect on 12:00 p.m. for a period of 48 hours, until 21th April 2010.
--Zurich Airport (Switzerland) -- air traffic to start again on Tuesday, prospectively 08:00 CEST.