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Britain's airspace shut down by iceland volcano

  1. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 6 years ago

    No flights leaving from the Uk until at least 6pm and maybe longer.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article … rists.html

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      cosetteposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      hmm

      that ash cloud doesn't look like it will be abating anytime soon. i know someone who's supposed to fly to germany on may 1. i hope it clears up by then...

    2. sarovai profile image63
      sarovaiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Before nature, Man made things?

  2. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    I've just been reading about it Hypno. All except emergency flights grounded because of volcanic ash from Iceland. Fascinating stuff, though glad I'm not one of those stuck at a UK airport waiting for a flight!

  3. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 6 years ago

    One of the people I work for has had their flight to italy cancelled today.  Its not just the UK, Sweden, Norway, ireland and Denmark are all affected and it could end up affecting most of Europe.

  4. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    Of course flights grounded means none are allowed in either, in the whole of northern Europe.
    Lets hope there is a high atmospheric storm to blow it all away.

  5. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    The effects on commerce will be a real kick in the wrong place to these recovering economies too. sad

  6. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 6 years ago

    Also pity the pilots on long haul flights that have to come into land anyway despite the ash, or be diverted to another country to land.

    Also a lot of ash in the atmosphere might really affect the weather in this hemisphere over the summer

  7. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    The whole north Atlantic weather pattern was already getting affected by the two massive icebergs that have blocked the mouth of the Mertz Glacier in Antartica, where cool waters enter the deep global oceanic waterways that affect world weather.

    Incoming flights can't risk flying in affected areas. The ash clogs up the engines. I think it was 1998 a BA plane nearly crashed after losing all engines when flying through volcanic ash.
    They'll all be diverted if they had already left.

  8. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 6 years ago

    The flights have now been grounded until at least 7am tomorrow morning - one of the problems will be that even when things get going again that so many planes will still be on the ground in the UK that there will be problems for people trying to fly into the UK.

    There is also no guarantee that the volcano will stop erupting or that the winds will shift direction.

    Apart from the travellers misery, the UK and European economies really do not need this

  9. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 6 years ago

    Flights from and into the UK are now grounded until at least 7pm this evening and experts say the eruption is intensifying.

    Still an ill wind and all - Euorstar tickets are sold out, there are no hotel rooms available in London as there are so many tourists stranded and the ferries are selling out

  10. 2uesday profile image87
    2uesdayposted 6 years ago

    I was fortunate enough to fly back from Italy on Wednesday. If my return had been planned for the next day I would be stranded at the airport now. I feel very sorry for the people who are affected by this; but relieved that I got home when I did.

    I heard on the news this morning that the alternative ways of travelling home to the UK have put up their prices for would be travellers.

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      ryankettposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Only natural.... increase in demand means increase in price. I have a friend stuck in America. Not really a bad place to be stuck, I wish that I could get stuck somewhere!

  11. 2uesday profile image87
    2uesdayposted 6 years ago

    I suppose that is right - it is down to supply and demand putting up the cost.

    I think some people must be spending on their credit cards to get hotels and meals near the airports. For me it would have been difficult sitting in a crowded airport lounge waiting for news of when you can get home.

  12. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 6 years ago

    UK airports are now closed at least until 13.00 on Sunday now, and BA and Ryanair have cancelled all flights until Monday.  Qantas have cancelled all flights into Europe indefinitely.

    Hundreds of thousands of people are stranded around the world, and food importers have warehouses full of food and fresh flowers in various countries that are rotting because they can't be flown into the UK.  This crisis is causing businesses to lose millions and they are saying that by midweek there is likely to be a shortage of some vegetables, salad and fruit in UK supermarkets.

    Any mail for the US is being trucked down to Southern Spain where the airspace is still open.

    And just to really help matters the French rail workers have gon on strike!


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8627545.stm

  13. 2uesday profile image87
    2uesdayposted 6 years ago

    thank you for the update CMHypno - it is awful news though. I hate airports at the best of times - how terrible to be stuck without a way to get home for so long.

  14. thisisoli profile image62
    thisisoliposted 6 years ago

    My parents were meant to be flying over to the US from the UK on the 20th for my wedding on the 1st of May. Looks like that may not be happening any more, which is a bit of a bugger to be honest!

    1. Mieka profile image83
      Miekaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Oh that's terrible! I hope things will get sorted soon Oli! Best of luck to you!

    2. alternate poet profile image76
      alternate poetposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Can't you postpone the wedding a month or something?  these things are not so cast in stone as they appear and usually not such a big deal to change venue times etc - I would prefer to change arrangements and have my parents there if it was possible.

      It is a bummer isn't it!

    3. CMHypno profile image89
      CMHypnoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      That's really sad news Oli - hope they manage to get there.  My brother and his family are on holiday in Florida, so I hope they can get back ok next week.  I have some other friends in Fuerteventura who will not be able to get back this weekend, and some other friends were due to go to Egypt this morning.  It's badly affecting a lot of people and will probably cause some businesses to go to the wall and create job losses

  15. Origin profile image61
    Originposted 6 years ago

    I must be living under a rock, this is the first time I've heard about this.

  16. alternate poet profile image76
    alternate poetposted 6 years ago

    I am out of the country and will be flying back in June - but the opinions on how long it can last range from a few days to a few months.

    Afraid to book my flight now, maybe I will just start walking!

  17. kirstenblog profile image77
    kirstenblogposted 6 years ago

    My brother in law is stuck in Egypt yikes
    They all work at local schools and the kids obviously go to schools lol
    Poor them, no work or school on Monday! (I hear the kids actually LOVE their schools, so they may be a bit disappointed). With travel insurance they should be kept comfortable as they wait for news but I don't think they can go do more sight seeing sad

    1. AdsenseStrategies profile image73
      AdsenseStrategiesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Wow kirstenblog, I had no idea that that is what you look like. I had pictured something entirely different! A friend of mine lives in Cambridge (England, not MASS) and is stuck in Boston at the moment...

  18. ngureco profile image86
    ngurecoposted 6 years ago

    It’s too unfortunate. There are millions of dollars worth of fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables destined to Europe all going to waste here. The shutting of the airspace is indeed affecting the economy of the entire world

    1. CMHypno profile image89
      CMHypnoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You just have to wonder how many farmers in Africa and other countries could potentially lose their livelihoods if this does drag on for months and even whether any of the airlines will go down.

  19. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 6 years ago

    Some spectacular photos of the volcano erupting!


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldne … rope-.html

    1. kirstenblog profile image77
      kirstenblogposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Those are some great pics!
      Sad situation but I do love the force of nature smile

      1. CMHypno profile image89
        CMHypnoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I think that it keep us real, Kirsten.  Just when we humans think that we can control everything, mother nature comes along and shows us that we can't and dont't!

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        logic,commonsenseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        There are some awesome photos so the lightning strikes above the volcano on Weather.com!

  20. jayjay40 profile image81
    jayjay40posted 6 years ago

    My son's girlfriend should be back from Vegas today, now she's due back on the 27th. She is a caretaker at the local school, so the school may have problems tomorrow when the kids go back.

    1. CMHypno profile image89
      CMHypnoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Apparently there is likely to be a lot of missing teachers, support staff and pupils when the schools go back tomorrow.  There are also some operations not taking place, because the medical staff have been stranded.

  21. sagbee profile image60
    sagbeeposted 6 years ago

    This is a sad news.. Valcanic erruption is a natural calamity and one cannot avoid it.. Though it has affected the business a lot and airspace.. people are struck in the mid ways and its really sad that it will continue till few more days.. :-(

  22. ngureco profile image86
    ngurecoposted 6 years ago

    Other than now, has this Eyjafjallajokull volcano ever erupted again in the past? This volcano may continue like that for a week

    1. CMHypno profile image89
      CMHypnoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      It last erupted in 1821, and that time it carried on spewing an ash cloud for 2 years!

      1. ngureco profile image86
        ngurecoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Can we therefore say chances are high (up to 75%) this time it will continue spewing ash clouds for the next 2 years?

        1. CMHypno profile image89
          CMHypnoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          And a big worry is that it's nearest volcanic neighbour Katla will also erupt, as they have a history of erupting simultaneously. And Katla is a much bigger and more powerful volcano

  23. susanlang profile image61
    susanlangposted 6 years ago

    Very nasty ash clouds, I have a flight to the UK in July. Geez, I hope things clear up by then.

 
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