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    Volcano ash from Iceland hits UK flight plans

    BBC News - Volcano ash from Iceland hits UK flight plans

    Volcano ash from Iceland hits UK flight plans


    The eruption is the second in Iceland in less than a month

    Airline passengers are facing disruption across the UK as an ash cloud from an Icelandic volcanic eruption drifts towards the country.
    All of Scotland's airports were shut and there were disruptions at others including Manchester, Liverpool, Stansted, Newcastle and Birmingham.
    The Air Traffic Control Service (Nats), imposed restrictions after the Met Office warned ash could damage engines.
    All passengers have been advised to contact their airlines prior to travel.
    'Significant disruption'
    Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports were shut and Nats said it was restricting flights "in accordance with international civil aviation policy".
    The ash cloud disrupted all flights to and from Manchester with a similar picture at Newcastle airport where all arrivals were cancelled and all outbound flights either cancelled or subject to indefinite delay.
    Birmingham airport warned of severe disruption with about 90% of all flights cancelled, and there were problems reported at East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Cardiff and Southampton.
    A Nats spokesman said: "The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre has issued a forecast that the ash cloud from the volcanic eruption in Iceland will track over Europe tonight.
    "Nats is working with Eurocontrol and our colleagues in Europe's other air navigation service providers to take the appropriate action to ensure safety in accordance with international aviation policy."
    Further south, five easyJet flights due to depart from Stansted airport were cancelled and there were also delays at Southampton airport.
    Nats warned the cloud is expected to move south.
    A BAA spokesman said: "Passengers intending to fly today are asked to contact their airline for further information and should expect disruption in the coming hours.
    Easyjet said the cloud could cause "significant disruption".
    The eruption under a glacier in the Eyjafjallajoekull area of Iceland is the second in Iceland in less than a month.
    A certain Mr. Gore wants all volcanoes to be highly taxed or banned completely to prevent global warming/climate change (Ok, I made that bit up)

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    IIRC, volcano ash is actually pure rock which makes it very dense and extremely damaging.

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    Manchester Airport


    We are currently experiencing problems with the provision of our full website.
    Please use this reduced version to check on live flight information for arriving and departing flights.
    If you require airport parking, you can still use our online booking system.
    Please be assured that we are working on the issues and normal service will resume as soon as possible.
    Thank you for your patience and understanding with this matter.
    Severe Restrictions to UK Airspace Affecting Manchester Airport

    The Met Office and National Air Traffic Services (NATS) have today placed restrictions on UK airspace as a result of volcanic ash drifting across the country from Iceland.
    These severe restrictions will cause disruption to all flights to and from Manchester Airport between 07:00 and 13:00 today. Other UK airports are also affected by the airspace restrictions and all passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport this morning.
    We would like to apologise to passengers travelling today for the inconvenience that this will cause.

    Looks like big problems getting in and out of the country for a time. Hope no-one has a flight booked.

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    Iceland strikes back

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    Apparantly ALL UK airports will now be closed from midday UK time till at least 6pm, ain't got no link as just watching it on 'This Moring' now, so if duff info blame Philip Schofield not me.

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    All the airports have flights as cancelled.









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    UPDATE: Flights From Stansted And Heathrow To Be Suspended From Noon Today

    UPDATE: Flights From Stansted And Heathrow To Be Suspended From Noon Today

    10:05 - 15 April 2010

    FLIGHTS in and out of Stansted Airport are to be suspended from noon today (Thursday) due to ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Iceland affecting UK airspace.

    A spokesperson for Stansted Airport said: "Due to airspace restrictions, in accordance with international regulations as a result of the on-going volcanic activity in Iceland, we anticipate that all flights in and out of Heathrow and Stansted airports will be suspended from 12 noon today.

    "Therefore, we strongly advise passengers intending to fly from this time not to travel to the airport today. We will provide further updates as we get more information from air traffic provider NATS (National Air Traffic Service).

    The Harlow Herald - UPDATE: Flights From Stansted And Heathrow To Be Suspended From Noon Today

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    ^It's all flights in and out of every UK airport now.

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    Maybe should cancel all the trains too just to be on the safe side.

    Wrong type of volcanic ash on the line.

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    Anyone know what the normal routine is in case your flight is canceled due to something like this? Just get rescheduled onto another flight by the airline at no extra cost? Or have to buy another ticket at your own expense? If so, can it be claimed back later on travel insurance? Or is it just case by case, depending on the airline, circumstances, etc.? If anyone's been in this kind of situation before, would be good to know what the deal is, currently got family staying with me who may be hanging around for a bit longer than initially planned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dantilley View Post
    Anyone know what the normal routine is in case your flight is canceled due to something like this? Just get rescheduled onto another flight by the airline at no extra cost? Or have to buy another ticket at your own expense? If so, can it be claimed back later on travel insurance? Or is it just case by case, depending on the airline, circumstances, etc.? If anyone's been in this kind of situation before, would be good to know what the deal is, currently got family staying with me who may be hanging around for a bit longer than initially planned!
    You have a contract with the airline to get you from A to B. So that means the airline must try to re-route your journey - even if that means a bus or taxi transfer to another airport for a flight with a different operator.
    This is unlikely given the situation, so many people will be told to stay at home and contact their airline before they travel.
    As a result, passengers can generally choose to have a refund or to change to another flight within 30 days, according to the Trading Standards Institute. Airlines are usually quite swift to give refunds and should not charge an administration fee.
    Airlines have a strategy in place for bad weather and a similar strategy will be in place for this ash cloud disruption.

    I am supposed to fly from Heathrow tomorrow my flight has already been cancelled, departure time was 21:30.Will camp at the airport till i get a flight to Bkk.

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    BBC Live | Eyjafjallajoekull volcanic cloud over Europe | here

    Some nice pictures | http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/8622055.stm

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    People waiting for planes could have a long wait, and Thailand may find out what its like with no European tourists arriving. The last time this volcano erupted was in 1821 and it carried on spewing out this stuff for 18 months !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gipsy View Post


    BBC Live | Eyjafjallajoekull volcanic cloud over Europe | here

    Some nice pictures | BBC News - In pictures: Volcano erupts in Iceland
    Isn't nature simply awesome.

    Thanks for the link. Great photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bower View Post
    People waiting for planes could have a long wait, and Thailand may find out what its like with no European tourists arriving. The last time this volcano erupted was in 1821 and it carried on spewing out this stuff for 18 months !
    18 months....!

    No brits.

    Here's hoping...

    (Btw I'm English).

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    ^ Aww, thats hurtful and i was planning my next trip to los, just bought some luminous string vests and some wicked orange shorts !

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    I suppose any savings in Co2 dumping will be offset by the Co2 issuing from the volcano, good old nature eh?

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    there was a britt on dutch tv he said. the icelanders have a lot to answer for. first they steal our money now they are blowing ash in our direction looool

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    First they fucked up our fishing, then they fucked up our economy, now they're fucking up our air. I say we INVADE these unpronounceable herring-botherers.

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    ALING, Heathrow, Thursday (NTN) — Prime Minister Gordon Brown has condemned Iceland's terrorist attack on British air travel and their refusal to refund tourists' air tickets.

    The UK government used anti-terrorism laws to freeze all British-held assets of Umhverfisrß­uneyti, the Icelandic Ministry Against the Environment, after minister Kolbr˙n Halldˇrsdˇttir threatened to further unleash the power of the Katla volcano in the wake of the devastation to school holidays caused by Eyjafjallaj÷kull.

    Thousands of confused and angry passengers wandered around Britain's becalmed airports today trying in vain to find out how long the disruption caused by the ash cloud might last. "Can't we just, you know, give the planes a try?" said Brenda Busybody, 54 (IQ), of East Cheam. "I wanted to go and rest on holiday, and Monday I'm back to doing nothing in the office. I pay my licence fee!"

    The Prime Minister offered his outrage and sympathy, in lieu of money or anything useful. "This is fundamentally a problem with the Icelandic-registered El-stodth Thyonustah Voweld," said Mr Brown, attempting not to choke on his own tongue.

    "They have failed the people of Iceland and they have failed the people of Northern Europe! You pay my licence fee! Er, hold on ..."

    Icelandic Prime Minister Jˇhanna Sigur­ardˇttir also offered her sympathies to British travellers. "But, you know, we're still pretty upset about the cod."
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    My brother was supposed to fly to P-o-P via Miami for a three week stint . . . he's not unhappy about the smoke.

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    Nature has amazing power. Luvley pictures.

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    Thai airways has canceled the majority of their flights to Europe because of the smoke

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    THAI Airways cancels 10 flights to Europe Published on April 16, 2010

    Thai Airways International Plc this Friday announced the cancellation of flights to Europe due to air space closure following volcanic activity in Iceland Thursday morning.
    Piyasvasti Amranand, THAI Airways President, said that volcanic ash cloud in Iceland caused air space closure in Scandinavia and Northern European countries resulted in air traffic disruption control throughout several European countries, prohibiting airlines from operating flights to and from Europe. Therefore the Company has cancelled a total of 10 flights to Norway, UK, Denmark, Sweden and France.





    THAI Airways cancels 10 flights to Europe

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