Cancellation of flights due to Iceland’s volcanic eruption (Update)

April 20, 2010 Edward

Please find a further update to the Volcanic Eruption notice from our notification on Monday 19th April, 2010 affecting European airspace.

The eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland is still causing disruption to flights across Europe. European Air Traffic Control has moved to ease air travel bans imposed after much of Europe’s airspace was closed because of the spread of volcanic ash.

European Air Traffic Control has maintained flight bans around the following airspace in parts of Europe. This includes Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, parts of France, most of Germany, Ireland, Northern Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland, parts of Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

The airspace in Belgium, Scotland, Italy and Denmark is closed until at least 6.00am (AU time 4.00pm) on Tuesday.

Finland airspace is closed until Tuesday afternoon (AU time Wednesday morning).

France will plan to reopening airspace between Paris and southern French cities and eventually all its other airports from 8.00am (AU time 6.00pm) on Tuesday.

The United Kingdom airspace is closed until 1.00am (AU time 11.00am) on Tuesday. However, airspace covering the Midlands will reopen from 12.00pm, Tuesday (AU time 10.00am, Wednesday) and the southern region will reopen from 6.00pm, Tuesday (AU time 4.00am, Wednesday).

Austria, Estonia and Hungary airports have reopened.

Southern Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Bosnia, Herzegovina, the southern Balkan area, parts of Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and parts of northern Europe (Norway and parts of Sweden) are currently open and flights are taking place in these areas.

The above mentioned reopening times are approximate only and can change without notice depending on the spread of the volcanic ash cloud.

Source: DHL Global