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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
My brother in law is stuck in Egypt They all work at local schools and the kids obviously go to schools 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
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...
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
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.
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.. :-(