Volcanic ash affect air travel: An Icelandic volcano eruption caused serious damages to the air travel industry across Europe on Friday. It is considered that is first time when air traveling is affected so badly since attack of September 11 in USA. Around 17, 000 flights were cancelled in one day i.e. Friday due to dangers which can be caused by the ash present in the clouds. Aviation officials said that flight are cancelled with airports in Britain, France, Germany, and across Europe closed until at least Saturday. Spokesperson of Civil Aviation Authority, Britain’s aviation regulator said that he would think Europe is facing this big disruption to air travel since incident of 11 September, 2001. This ash many remain in clouds for about six months even and may cause damages. The eruption of volcano began on Wednesday for second time within a month from below the Eyjafjallajokull glacier which formed a cloud of ash in between 6 to 11 km into the atmosphere. Volcanic ash is dangerous as it contains small particles of glass and pulverized rock which can prove be harmful for the engines and air frames.
Air space closed: Britain’s air traffic control body told that all English airspace would be closed until 2400 GMT on Friday while certain flights from Northern Ireland and Scottish airports are allowed to take off until 1800 GMT. Conditions are even worse than the 11 September. The disruption is more as well as observed by the experts. Following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on Washington and New York, U.S. airspace was closed for three days and European airlines were forced to halt all transatlantic services. Paul Haskins is head of safety at National Air Traffic Service told to BBC radio that whenever they will get expert views about clearness, they will be back to operation and everything will be normal as usual. He said that they are working with both the Civil Aviation Authority and the Met Office to understand the conditions better and which parameters they will need to consider allowing safe flights back to operation. Euro control said airspace was closed over Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, the north of France including all Paris airports, and at airports in northern Germany and parts of Poland. Northern Czech airspace was also closed.
Huge losses for air travel companies and problem to travelers: As large numbers of flights are cancelled due to safety reasons, as a result air travel companies which were recovering from recession will again fall down. Effect was seen on fallout hit airlines’ shares on Friday with Lufthansa, British Airways, Air Berlin, Air France-KLM, Iberia and Ryanair down between 0.8 and 2.2 percent. About 28, 000 flights usually travel on an average day through European airspace but only 11, 000 were in operation on Friday while others were cancelled. Heathrow is considered as busiest airport of Europe and handles about 180, 000 travelers every day but there were no flight from this airport in whole day and second busiest airport of Europe, Frankfurt airport also had same scene. Along with huge loss to flight, passengers are also in big trouble due to cancellation of most of flights.Share