Flights Canceled on Mass Scale As Iceland’s Volcano Spews Ash

April 15, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Volcanic eruptions from Iceland has spewed ash over most of Northern Europe, grounding mass flights due to the unsafe conditions.

Britain, Ireland and a large part of Scandinavia have had airspace disrupted, as officials grounded all flights in the regions. The move has canceled flights for hundreds of thousands of would-be passengers, and stranded many.

Flights in Britain have been shut until 6PM local time for all non-emergency flights, while in Scandinavia will be banning flights from 10 PM onward, until the ash clears. Times for Ireland, Norway, Denmark and Finland were not released, but all have confirmed canceled flights.

“This is the first time in Europe where we have had significant disruption like this, and it’s interesting to see how well the industry has reacted to it,” Steve Bond, an air safety lecturer at City University London said.

“Very quickly the whole system recognized the problem and followed guidelines.”



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