Sunday, April 18, 2010

SUNDAY 18th APRIL: European Flight Disruption To Last For Days

No Let Up In Eruption Or Weather
Shipping News Feature


UK – Though the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) has once again put back its earliest possible flights from the UK at 1900 BST today, it is certain that this will once again be pushed back at the next update.

Current wind projections from the UK Met Office state that they expect the ash cloud that is slowly engulfing European airspace to remain in position until the end of the week. This means that it is highly likely that flights will not be resuming until Thursday or Friday at the earliest, and it is far from certain even then that this will be possible.

While the wind direction remains constant and the Eyjafjallajokull volcano continues to erupt, disruption will continue and, indeed, spread.

Bulgarian airspace is now closed and it seems possible that Spanish, Greek and Italian authorities may have to take measures in the next two days as the cloud moves gradually over southern Europe.

For those trapped in the UK or on the continent there is now another option. Reviving the Dunkirk spirit a group of volunteers are offering their services and their boats to ferry people between Calais and Dover. Anyone wishing to use their services can contact them at You MUST email them your name before travel, as this is required by customs authorities.

(pic: Met prediction for midnight tonight)