Thursday, April 15, 2010

ASH CLOUD UPDATE: Latest Reports On Air Space Closures

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EUROPE – Air traffic across Northern Europe has ground to a halt as the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland continues to move south. Here is a brief précis of the situation across Europe as it stands at the moment.

Britain is still a non fly zone as UK air traffic control has totally closed British air space to all flights. This situation will be in effect until at least 0600 GMT tomorrow morning.

In addition Norwegian, Irish, Danish, Finnish and the Netherlands airspace is also closed until further notice, though the Irish state that they hope to reopen at 1900 GMT tonight.

Sweden is to close at 2000 GMT.

French officials have announced that they are to close some twenty four airports across the country, including Charles de Gaulle airport at 1900 GMT.

According to Eurocontrol, the European traffic control centre, the disruption could last for 48 hours.

In addition, they state that Switzerland and Germany are likely to see some disruption to airport operations as the ash cloud continues to move south.

(pic: Cloud projections for tomorrow 0600)

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