Monday, April 19, 2010

Air traffic ban extended through Monday

Germany’s air safety agency DFS has once again extended its ban on air travel until 8 pm on Monday due to volcanic ash from Iceland that has crippled air travel across Europe since Thursday.

The ban was initially set to be lifted at 2 pm in Germany, but reports from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) in London said weather conditions were not favourable for moving the ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano out of the region.

A spokesperson for DFS – which allowed six German airports to operate for a few hours on Sunday – said the situation would be reviewed at midday as more information becomes available.

Regional air traffic safety authority Eurocontrol reported that 5,000 flights took place in Europe on Sunday, down significantly from the normal 24,000 flights.

According to Eurocontrol, countries that have closed their airports include Belgium, parts of Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, parts of France, most of Germany, Hungary, Ireland, northern Italy, the Netherlands, parts of Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the UK.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20100419-26625.html

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