70% Of European Flights Expected To Be Grounded Monday

Tyler Durden's picture

The latest update from EuroControl:



Actual Flights

Flights same day previous week

% change

Wed 14 April 2010




Thurs 15 April 2010




Fri 16 April 2010




Sat 17 April 2010




Sun 18 April 2010

5,035  (estimated)*



Mon 19 April 2010

8,000-9,000 (expected)


-70% (expected)

Monday figures based on assumptions at 10:30CET on Monday 19 April

Sunday figures to be confirmed on Tuesday 20 April

At the current time, air traffic control services are not being provided to civil aircraft in the major part of European airspace. This includes Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, parts of France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, northern Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland, parts of Ukraine and the UK.

In some of these areas the upper airspace has been made available, depending on the observed and forecasted area of possible ash contamination. However, it is difficult to access this airspace as in most cases the surrounding area is not available for flights.

Approximately 30% of the total number of flights are expected to take place today in Europe, representing 50% of the total continent area. Southern Europe - including Portugal, Spain, parts of Italy and France, the Balkan area, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, as well as parts of northern Europe (Norway and parts of Sweden) are currently open to civil traffic.

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etrader's picture

Here's Pratt & Whitney view.

While P&WC acknowledges that the Local Regulatory Authority has the final determination of whether flight operation is to be conducted, we want to inform you, our customers, of potential hazards.

P&WC does not recommend operation in conditions where volcanic ash is present. Let us explain why.

Volcanic ash may clog air filters of turbine engines, block cooling air passages, erode the gas path components, and erode the protective paint on casings. Volcanic ash entering the engine can also melt in the combustor and then re-solidify on the static turbine vanes, potentially choking the turbine airflow and leading to surging and an in-flight shut-down. It is also noted that there is a high level of acidity associated with volcanic ash, and this may also lead to deterioration of engine components.
Should you experience an encounter with volcanic ash, P&WC advises you follow the recommendations contained within the engine maintenance manual.
Peter Boyd
Chief Engineer, Customer Support

Sqworl's picture

What are we exporting????, besides jobs?

viator's picture

Iceland volcano air restrictions are excessive, says European Commission "Europe should reduce its volcanic ash flight ban to “several dozen kilometres” around Iceland and rethink the Met Office science behind the current no fly restrictions, said a senior European Commission official today." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/7607216/Iceland-volcano-air... http://www.pprune.org/rumours-news/412103-ash-clouds-threaten-air-traffi... "Germany's Lufthansa and Air Berlin meanwhile expressed industry anger on Sunday that decisions to close airspace were not based on proper testing and that their aircraft showed no signs of damage after flying through the ash-strewn skies without passengers. "The flight ban, made on the basis just of computer calculations, is resulting in billion-high losses for the economy," Lufthansa spokesman Klaus Walter was quoted as saying." http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.2f1d9530f7c5fe558f8020be9e3b...

Carl Spackler's picture

So, I wonder how the IMF officials from Washington DC to Athens if they cannot fly across the Atlantic on a commercial flight?





etrader's picture

 Sky New sources understand plans are in place to open Scottish airspace at 0600, Midlands at 1200 and Southern UK at 1800 on Tuesday.


Return2Sanity's picture

Let's just call it Icesave's revenge. Time to wake up UK and inhale the karma.