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Volcanic Ash Halts European Air Travel

Clouds of Ash from an Iceland volcano has disrupted air travel across much of Europe today.


April 15, 2010

Clouds of Ash from an Iceland volcano has disrupted air travel across much of Europe today.

Thousands of flights have been cancelled, as authorities closed British and Nordic air space.

Aviation authorities in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, and Norway have shutdown or cancelled all non-emergency flights.

London’s five major airports, including Heathrow, a major trans-Atlantic hub that handles more than 1,200 flights, has been shut down.

The National Air Traffic Service said all flights in British air space had not been halted in living memory, although most flights were grounded after the 9-11 attacks in New York.

Air travel has been suspended until at least Friday morning.

Click here for a list of statements from European airports.



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