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Volcanic Ash Shuts Down Europe’s Airports, Flights

April 15, 2010 | Posted in: Airfare News,Airline News,Destinations,Europe,News

If you were going to head to or from Europe today, chances are you will be delayed, due to the continuing volcanic eruption in Iceland.

It’s spewing ash over an incredibly wide area – and planes don’t do well in volcanic ash. In fact, it can (and has*) shut airplane engines down.

As of right now, ALL flights in and out of London Heathrow have been suspended “until further notice” according to its website. Authorities there are telling people do not travel to the airport - instead, contact your airline about reticketing.

Also closed: Amsterdam’s Schipol – while Paris’ Charles de Gaulle reports that service to the United Kingdom and Scandinavian countries “has been disrupted”.

There are too many others to list here. Please take a look at European airports on FlightStats (yes, they show Europe, too) – you will see a mass of red dots indicating “excessive delays”.

Again, contact your airline immediately – if you were supposed to fly today, or in the next several days. This is going to create a long, painful backup, once flights resume.

*In 1982, a British Airways jetliner flew through ash from an Indonesian volcano – and it shut down all four engines. Fortunately, after the pilot told passengers to prepare for a crash landing, the engines began working again – they made a safe landing.

2 Responses to “Volcanic Ash Shuts Down Europe’s Airports, Flights”

  1. Well, for all of us who aren’t traveling and affected by delays, we have something to look forward to – some amazing picture opportunities! ;)

  2. Rick Seaney says:


    That’s the “silver lining” perspective, I take it.

    Thanks for writing,

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