70% Of European Flights Expected To Be Grounded Monday

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.