No flights leaving from the Uk until at least 6pm and maybe longer.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article … rists.html
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!
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.
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.
The effects on commerce will be a real kick in the wrong place to these recovering economies too.
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
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
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
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!
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.
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!
Oh that's terrible! I hope things will get sorted soon Oli! Best of luck to you!
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!
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
I must be living under a rock, this is the first time I've heard about this.
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!
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
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
Some spectacular photos of the volcano erupting!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldne … rope-.html
Those are some great pics!
Sad situation but I do love the force of nature
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!
There are some awesome photos so the lightning strikes above the volcano on Weather.com!
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.
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.. :-(
Other than now, has this Eyjafjallajokull volcano ever erupted again in the past? This volcano may continue like that for a week
It last erupted in 1821, and that time it carried on spewing an ash cloud for 2 years!
Can we therefore say chances are high (up to 75%) this time it will continue spewing ash clouds for the next 2 years?
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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