Eyjafjallajokull Ash Diffusion Indicates Why Europe Is Panicking, 84% Of European Flights Cancelled

This is why Europe is panicking: click below for a real time volcanic ash diffusion chart.

Here is EuroControl's latest recap of the catastrophe:

EUROCONTROL expects approximately 4,000 flights to take place today in European airspace. On a normal Sunday, we would expect 24,000. By the end of today, we expect that more than 63,000 flights in total will have been cancelled since Thursday 15 April. A summary table of the impact on flights is below.



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

4,000 (expected)


-84% (expected)

Mon 19 April 2010




Sunday figures based on assumptions at 12.30CET on Sunday 18 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 Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, most of France, most of Germany, Hungary, Ireland, northern Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, north Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, 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.

Southern Europe, including parts of Spain, Portugal, the southern Balkan area, southern Italy, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey remain open and flights are taking place in these areas.

The next update will be sent out to the press around 18:30 CET on 18 April.

(graph courtesy of the HuffPo)