Experts say that the natural disaster’s fallout for the aviation industry will be felt for a long time after even the ash settles. The primary reason that planes can’t navigate the ash is that it ruins the jets’ engines and will be unsafe for travelers.
Thousands of passengers are stranded and delayed in foreign cities, and the catch-up is estimated to be long and difficult, since flights usually operate on an intricate and carefully planned schedule.
Some airlines may be back on track as early as next week, but it may take longer for all routine flights to be running in order again.
Today, civil authorities in Ireland have lifted the restriction in most of the country’s airspace and has begun reopening airports in Dublin and Cork, but that is only part of the puzzle that will complete the entire set of effected routes.
For an extensive list of airports in the UK that have been affected, read our Cheapflights UK Blog.