(LIVE Updates) Students stranded as flights to UK Halted.

It has been reported that flights to  and from many UK airports have been cancelled due to volcanic ash from Iceland. Perfect timing for all those students who has planned to return to the UK to continue their studies before the Summer.

Updates :

If you are still stranded in Cyprus waiting for information, leave a comment here,

(21/04) 01:27 : As this is probably one of our last posts on this article, we wish you all a safe trip and would like to remind you to check your airline’s site before travelling as many have revised their check-in procedures.

(20/04) 23:00 : ALL UK AIRPORT ARE BEING OPENED IN PHASES. Could this be the end of the crisis? We hope so, fingers crossed.

(20/04) 18:09 :

eurocontrol says : over 12,000 flights have flown in Europe today, surpassing their estimates.
RyanAir : Additional flights cancelled tomorrow and Friday now listed on website http://bit.ly/dbkZ0W
RyanAir : Additional flights will be running between both Ireland, Uk and the continent during Thurs to help clear backlog.
BMI : All flight cancelled for today and many for tomorrow. Check here : http://www.bmibaby.com/bmibaby/news/2010/volcano.aspx
“Cancellations and delays may continue into Thursday 22nd April 2010 and passengers should continue to monitor the website for details.  We are unable to say when operations will resume as normal given the uncertainty of this situation.”

(20/04) 14:42 : easyJet has canceled all flights to Northern Europe (incl. UK) until 01:00 (BST) on the 21st.

(20/04) 13:29 :
Eurocontrol have just announced that there the no-fly-zone (or restricted airspace) in lower Denmark, Finland, Northern France & Italy, UK and Latvia

(20/04) 12:16 : Ryanair extends flight cancellations to 1400 CET on Wednesday

(20/04) 12:04 :

Airspace re-closed in Northern Ireland from 14:00 to 20:00.
Glasgow Airport is closed from 13:00 until further notice.

(20/04) 11:11 :

Manchester Airport expected to open at 09:00 but has now postponed it until 19:00 BST due to stronger activity from the volcano.
Contact details for many more airlines added here.
Heathrow Airport closed till further notice.


(20/04) 01:14 :

As the UK’s Northern airports prepare to re-open for flights, we find news of a ‘second wave’.  A new volcano ash cloud, which could bring with it even more disruptions.

(19/04) 20:09 :

30,000 extra seats on Eurostar to help stranded passengers @ the special price of £89 one-way. The seats will be available from Tuesday until Sunday. Thirty-three extra carriages are being put on to provide the extra places.

British Airways says it is aiming to resume some flights into and out of London‘s airports from 1900 (1800 GMT) on Tuesday. It said this will however be subject to the full and permanent opening of airspace. All flights before these times have been cancelled.

(19/04) 19:30 :

I have no idea what this is supposed to mean : Manchester Airport says it will open the airport at 0900 on Tuesday, but as yet they do not know if there will be any flights. An open airport with no flights?
France is said to be opening air-travel from North to South, whilst temporarily opening Northern airports.
The Met office has warned that the volcano’s activity has started to increase.

(19/04) 15:56 :

Five Air France test flights yesterday, landed with no irregularity observed.

Two of these flights were operated by Airbus A320 in South West France and three by Boeing 777, from Marseille and Toulouse to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

No irregularity was observed with these five flights.

Other test flights are scheduled today, including one between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol by Airbus A320, and two from Marseille and Nice to Paris-Charles de Gaulle by Boeing 777.

(19/04) 15:30 :

Hungary fully re-opened its airspace from 10:00 GMT.
KLM test flight Amsterdam-Paris landed safely at 11.40hrs. Technical inspection points out: no problems detected.
But Nato fighter jets have suffered engine damage after flying through volcanic ash cloud, a senior US official has said. The official gave few details except to say that a build-up of glass was found in the jet engines.

(19/04) 12:06 :

Restrictions on UK flights are to remain in place until at least 0100 Tuesday, the air traffic control service (Nats) says.
Denmark reopens its airspace for flights above 35,500 feet but restrictions on planes flying below that limit will remain in place.
Italy had to urgently re-close its northern airspace after briefly opening it on Monday morning. Flights to/from Italy will be grounded until at least 0800 (0600 GMT) on Tuesday.
Romania is to re-open its main Bucharest airports from 1200 GMT and may re-open all its airports on Tuesday.
The whole of Czech airspace will reopen at 1200 (1000 GMT) on Monday after being closed for three days.
French railway company SNCF says it will offer reduced fares and 80,000 extra seats between Paris and London this week to help stranded passengers.

(19/04) 01:32 : From easyJet :

Due to the ongoing closure of air space, all easyJet flights in the affected areas of the UK and Northern Europe, will be cancelled until 01:00hrs GMT Tuesday 20 April. A further update on easyJet flights to / from Paris 13:00hrs onwards on Monday 19 April will be released tomorrow morning.

(19/04) 01:27 :

Flights into the UK banned until at least 19:00BST.
Airlines contest the ban saying that they believe its safe to fly.

(18/04) 18:35 :

British Airways is to stage a test flight from Heathrow Airport later.
Germany opens six airports for flights heading east until 1900 BST, and several will remain open in southern France.
Most Norwegian airspace is now open, airport operator Avinor says.

(18/04) 18:00 :

Flight Testing :
Air France
says its first test flight has had no problems and a second one is under way.
KLM
chief executive Peter Hartman was on board one of the airline’s first test flights. He says there was “nothing unusual” and the company hopes to “get permission as soon as possible to partially restart our operations.”
Air Berlin told BBC Newshour it has also carried out three test flights, sending planes up to heights of 3,000m, but no harmful particles had been detected. It was planning to send more test flights to altitudes of 3,000 to 7,000m.

(18/04) 17:28 :

British Airways announces the cancellation of all short haul and long haul flights on Monday.

(18/04) 13:16 :

Restrictions extended until 0100 BST on Monday 19 April but NATS will be looking for “windows of opportunity” in that time.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines says it has already carried out a test flight from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf and plans eight more throughout the day.

Alex Bristol from air traffic control body Nats says the situation has become “slightly worse” and the latest information they have from the Met Office is that the volcanic cloud continues to change shape but will remain over the UK.

Dutch airline KLM and German airline Luthansa have both carried out test flights and have so far reported no problems during the flights. The KLM Boeing 737 is currently being inspected for any possible damage.

(17/04) 19:58 : Both its long and short haul flights in and out of the UK will be suspended on Sunday, British Airways has confirmed.

(17/04) 16:16 : Take a look at the big picture here : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/8623301.stm … WOW!

(17/04) 14:43 :

British Airways has cancelled all its short haul flights for Sunday, but long haul flights are still being reviewed by the company.

Winds blowing the ash cloud across Europe will continue in the same direction for at least two days, and could persist until the middle of next week, the Icelandic Met Office has said.

Paul Haskins, head of safety at the National Air Traffic Control Service has told the BBC the volcanic ash is highly hazardous for aircraft.

“The volcano continues to erupt, in fact reports last night suggest that it’s more active than it previously was. That ash is continuing to be emitted into the atmosphere and the weather conditions are blowing it down towards UK air space. So for safety reasons, we have had to apply the International contingency plans that you have seen in place.”

(17/04) 11:13 : Airlines are estimated to be losing some £130m a day in the biggest airspace shutdown since World War II.

(17/04) 11:08 : Restrictions on flights in and out of the UK will remain in place until at least 0100 BST Sunday.

(17/04) 09:45 : According to Larnaka airport staff, ALL easyjet flights to the UK for today are cancelled.

(17/04) 01:30 : We have posted up a Flight’s from Cyprus Status Page, it also has information on how to get a refund or get a free transfer for some airlines.

(17/04) 00:45 :

UK’s air traffic control service, Nats advises that restrictions preventing flights in English-controlled airspace will remain in place until at least 1300 BST on Saturday.

RyanAir has cancelled all flight to Northern Europe until Monday.
British Airways has cancelled ALL FLIGHTS in and out of London on Saturday.

(16/04) 18:57 : Nats to announce plans for Saturday’s UK airspace, at 2030BST.

(16/04) 11:03 : European air traffic disruption will last at least another 24 hours, European aviation control agency Eurocontrol says.

(16/04) 10:39 : 9 minutes ago Nats advised in statement that restrictions preventing flights in English-controlled airspace will remain in place until 0100BST on Saturday.

(16/04) 10:03 : At 0230BST, the air traffic control body Nats extended its unprecedented restrictions on most flights into and out of the UK until at least 1900.

(15/04) 20:01 : Eurocontrol, the air traffic control agency, says that the volcanic cloud could lead to two more days of disruption.

(15:04) 18:01 : via BBC :

All flights in and out of the UK and several other European countries have been suspended as ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland moves south.

Up to 4,000 flights are being cancelled with airspace closed in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark among others.

The UK’s air traffic control service (Nats) said no flights would be allowed in UK airspace until at least 0700 BST on Friday amid fears of engine damage.

(15/04) 17:00 : BBC reported that flights should resume as usual tomorrow.

The ash cloud disrupted all flights to and from Manchester with a similar picture at Newcastle airport where all arrivals were cancelled and all outbound flights either cancelled or subject to indefinite delay.

The restrictions, in accordance with international civil aviation policy, were imposed after the Met Office warned ash could clog engines.

Experts have warned that the tiny particles of rock, glass and sand contained in the ash cloud would be sufficient to jam aircraft engines.

Full story from the BBC here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8621407.stm

Passengers were advised to contact their carriers prior to travel.

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