Mon, May 17, 2010
Travelers Again Scramble To Re-Book Flights
Britain's Civil Aviation Authority re-opened Heathrow and
Gatwick airports Monday morning, after closing them Sunday night
due to another shot of volcanic ash from Iceland.
The closure caused passengers bound for the UK to scramble for
alternative arrangements and left what was described as "chaos" in
Eurocontrol said in a news release that about 1,000 flights were
cancelled for Monday, out of some 29,000 across Europe on a normal
day. USA News Week reports that the civil aviation authority in
Britain has imposed no-fly zones over northern Ireland, as well as
Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness, and Cardiff in Wales.
Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said "The government is
carefully monitoring this situation, and the safety of passengers
will remain our paramount concern." He urged air travelers to check
with their airlines before going to airports, as conditions could
change at any time.
The disruptions are being caused by the ongoing eruption of a
volcano beneath the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland. It has
been actively erupting since April 12th, and has caused air travel
disruptions across Europe in the ensuing month.
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