Is the Volcanic Disruption Over? Or is this Merely an Interlude?

By | April 20, 2010

The previous eruption of the Icelandic volcano which has been disrupting air travel for a week now was in December 1821 and continued until January 1823. Hopefully it will quiet down much sooner this time.

The cloud seems set to disperse enough to permit aviation to resume tomorrow in Ireland, Scotland, and Northern England. A new ash cloud which is heading toward Europe may keep London’s airports closed, however. French airspace has reopened, but the reopening will be gradual and controlled. Lufthansa has already resumed some limited service and extra planes are flying to bring home stranded passengers.

“There cannot be any compromise on safety,” said Siim Kallas, the European Commission’s vice president for transport. “All our assessments … are based on expert decisions, decisions of independent bodies and science.”

Author: Guru

Guru is the Editor of Flight Wisdom and a long time aviation enthusiast.