Volcanic Ash Impacts Air Travel Over Europe

05.17.10 | FL News Team

Air travel is a nightmare today across parts of northern Europe with hundreds of flights either delayed or grounded entirely, thanks to that still-erupting volcano in Iceland. British aviation authorities have reopened busy Heathrow and Gatwick international airports in London after they were closed for several hours due to the threat of volcanic ash. However, authorities add that major airports in Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland will remain closed for a few more hours because of the ash cloud. Dutch aviation authorities have also closed the Amsterdam and Rotterdam airports due to volcanic ash, which can destroy jet engines. The same threat last month forced the cancellation of well over 100-thousand flights at an estimated cost to the airline industry of one-point-seven billion dollars.