Many flights across Europe were cancelled as a spreading cloud of volcanic ash headed south from Iceland and closed many airspaces. Flights have also been disrupted in Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Russia and Finland. Finnair said air traffic had been shut down in northern parts of Finland, while air traffic has been suspended in northern Sweden.
A spokesman for Arlanda airport in Stockholm said all transatlantic flights there were taking a longer route south to avoid the ash.
Cohenhagen airport is reporting severe disruptions. The Danish part of North Sea air space is closed, Danish air traffic controller Navair said, with further sectors of air space expected to be closed throughout the day as the ash cloud moves across the country. Ryanair said it would try to operate some flights out of southern Ireland today. The national carrier, Aer Lingus, canceled at least 40 flights in or out of Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Belfast. A spokesman for Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport said about 40 inbound and outbound flights had been canceled, mainly from Britain, Scandinavia and Russia.
The United Kingdom’s airspace was closed about noon Thursday (7 a.m. ET) and will be closed until at least 7 a.m. (2 a.m. ET) Friday, air traffic authorities said.
Some of the links or news articles that may be important:
– Google News on Iceland Volcano
– CNN: U.S. airlines cancel Europe flights
– Daily Mail UK: Icelandic volcano ash cloud cuts UK off and leaves thousands of passengers stranded
– Times Online: Volcanic ash cloud grounds flights over Britain
– CNN: Explainer: Why ash cloud endangers aircraft
– National Post: Airplane versus the volcano: why ash and planes don’t mix
– The Star: Volcano eruptions in Iceland could last for years
– New York Times: Volcanic Ash Shuts Down Air Traffic in North Europe