Update: Iceland’s volcanic ash aviation interference

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Iceland’s volcanic eruption has affected airlines all over the world – some of which are losing millions of dollars each day from grounding so many planes. The volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier has caused ash plume to linger over most of the United Kingdom and some of northern Europe. Flights have been cancelled both in the affected area, as well as destinations across the globe that are connected with the European hubs.

Photo: CBC News
Photo: CBC News
Iceland’s volcanic eruption has affected airlines all over the world – some of which are losing millions of dollars each day from grounding so many planes. The volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier has caused ash plume to linger over most of the United Kingdom and some of northern Europe. Flights have been cancelled both in the affected area, as well as destinations across the globe that are connected with the European hubs.

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.

Update: Iceland’s volcanic ash aviation interference was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Pleasance Coddington
Author: Pleasance Coddington (2478 posts)

Pleasance is a British travel writer and online content specialist in travel. She has written for numerous publications and sites including Wired, Lucky, Rough Guides and Yahoo! Travel. After working for six years on content and social media at VisitBritain, she is now the Global Content and Social Media Manager for Cheapflights.