Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Flights resume to and from UK after volcanic ash cloud problems

The grounding of aircraft which started on Thursday 15th April (see report in The Guardian) was today (Tuesday 20th April) lifted (see report on BBC website) after keeping all aiircraft out of UK (and a large amount of European) airspace for the best part of 5 days.

The massive 'clean up' has started where airlines & tour operators have to return travellers to their homes, 10's of thousands of holiday tourists and business travellers have been stranded the world over as a result of the grounding.


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Monday, 19 April 2010

End in sight to travel chaos?

Some airline have resumed flying marking the beginning of the end to the travel chaos caused by the volcano eruption.
Among the first flights were from Scotish airports and Northern England, some flights left other vities around Europe starting the massive task of returning those stranged back to their homes and normality.

There is a possibility another cloud ejected by the volcano is heading in the direction of the UK and is bringing into question whether the recovery will continue or if it will be stalled before it starts.

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Iceland volcano causes mass travel chaos

Erupting Iceland Eyjafjallaj√∂kull volcano (Wikipedia info link) sends ash into the upper atmosphere causing worldwide disruption to 1000's of travellers.

More details can be found in Wikipedia with photos of the erupting volcano in April 2010, also maps showing how the ash clouds spread, plus dramatic YouTube video of Eyjafjallaj√∂kull eruption.

Aircraft jet engines are at risk of damage should they pass through some of the high altitude ash clouds being blown over Europe, as a precaution the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) places restrictions in place grounding all aircraft across the United Kingdom; UK CAA Volcano News Page.

Mallorca was not alone in the massive resultant problems, it was not long before Palma de Mallorca airport was closed.  As no flights were able to depart to large areas of Europe including the UK, travellers were left trapped in the airport terminal buildings.

Many hotels appeared unsympathetic to their guests as they simply continued packing their tourist guests off onto the transfer coaches to vacate them from their rooms.

With no flights from Palma, ferries to the Barcelona on the Spanish mainland soon filled leaving no alternative transport to leave any of the Balearic Islands.

On Monday 19th, Tim Jeans (managing director of Monarch airlines) took the initative of sending a rescue to collect some stranded tourists from Palma and fly them to Madrid, then continue by coach to Calais and finally back to Manchester, for the full story click on this link to Crains Manchester Business news article.


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