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Major distruptions and closures in EU airspace.

     

mack

3:10 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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[news.bbc.co.uk...]

All flights in and out of the UK and several other European countries have been suspended as ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland moves south.


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3:46 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, it's not good if you're trying to travel.
Not a single vapour trail in sight!

mack

4:08 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yea its quite odd looking up and seeing no aircraft. I'm pretty much below a flight path and theres nothing.

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6:45 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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They are cancelling flights from North America to the UK. Glad I am not flying to Europe today because I am sure this will cause a backlog that will last a week.

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6:57 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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We're near Amsterdam Schiphol airport and it's all gone quiet over here.

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7:35 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Damn, this thread just reminded me that we were supposed to be getting a spectacular sunset, about an hour ago!

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8:07 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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No. It'll be tomorrow. :)

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11:37 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Very twilight zone here, dust is gathering on back windows and you can smell sulphur. Almost like the smell you get from a faulty catalytic converter.

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6:30 am on Apr 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'll have to call my daughter in Aberdeen later, there are reports on the BBC site that people can smell the sulphur there.

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7:06 am on Apr 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I was on the only plane that landed in Scotland yesterday, from Toronto to Glasgow.

I thought someone famous was on our flight as a dozen photographers were in the arrival area. Nothing had been said on the plane about the incident at all.

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7:35 am on Apr 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Nothing had been said on the plane about the incident at all.

In retrospect I bet you're glad of that!

I am based about 20 miles north west of Glasgow and there is no sign of any dust or smell here so far. Actually we have been getting some really sunny, clear weather for the last couple of weeks.

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1:12 pm on Apr 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Nice clear day here in the Home Counties. Its the first time that I have seen a totally clear sky in this part of England since my childhood, if at all. Not a vapour trail in sight.

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1:14 pm on Apr 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It is quite impressive what one volcano eruption can do to the air infrastructure. I am following airplane movements in Europe on an on-line airplane radar site and I have seen gradually closing more and more airports in the last 24 hours. At this moment there are only planes flying in Portugal, Turkey and the island of Sardinia. Italy had been open until early this morning, Bulgaria closed only a few hours ago.

And news from Iceland is that there are no signs yet that the eruptions will stop.

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5:08 pm on Apr 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It's sad airlines don't have alternatives to service customers and allow this travel chaos to continue with no end in sight. Seems everything is at the mercy of mother nature once again.

ken_b

10:55 pm on Apr 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Here's a fun thought for travelers and airlines...

If I heard right, on the CBS national news, in the USA, just now they mentioned that the last time this volcano erupted it lasted nearly a year.

IF that's right, and IF a replay is upon us... well it could get interesting.

Old_Honky

12:10 am on Apr 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It depends on how the wind is blowing,I heard that this eruption has been going on since January but the wind changed recently.

Down here in Hampshire we haven't noticed it much, as we aren't in a flight path. My car was covered with a light dust this morning but that is not that unusual,and my wife noticed a sulphur smell outside last night but we thought it was the local oil refinery.

Could this be the end of air travel as we know it? Back to propeller driven aircraft and dirigibles within a year. That should suit the tree huggers but oh dear all this cr@p that Eyjafjallajokull is spewing out into the atmosphere must be even more polluting than the aircraft it is grounding... Perhaps global warming is a product of nature not civilisation?

lammert

12:41 am on Apr 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The Eyjafjallajökull has been unstable since the end of 2009, but this eruption from the center crater where all the ash is coming from only started on April 14th. It was only active three times in recent history, but the average time of eruptions was nearly a year each time, and every time it was active, the nearby Katla volcano also started erupting. And according to scientists, the Eyjafjallajökull is just a glass of sparkling water compared to the Katla.

Imagine what happens if this continues for some prolonged period of time and the wind changes every few weeks from east to west, sending the dust to both the European and North American continent. It would make air traffic impossible in a large part of the Western world, totally changing life for many.

It wouldn't be the first time that a volcano from Iceland had severe impact on civilization in the northern hemisphere. In 1783 the Laki caused severe ash pollution in Europe, triggered extreme weather conditions and is even said to have contributed to the French revolution in 1789 due to famine as a result of failed harvests.

One good thing though, large volcano eruptions are believed to stop the global warming temporarily.

Mark_A

12:54 am on Apr 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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As lammert says, this volcano has erupted for years before, not just days which is what the airlines are hoping. This could be a big deal for air travel and I bet none of them have business insurance that includes "acts of god". The no-fly orders just might last a lot longer than a few days.
 

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