Nearly all of the biggest airports in Europe will remain closed to air traffic today due to the cloud of volcanic ash spreading across the continent from the Eyjafjallajokull eruption in South Iceland. 16,000 were cancelled yesterday alone.
The no-fly zones over the UK and Ireland have been reinstated amid predictions that the cloud will only get thicker throughout Saturday, Visir.is reports.
It is being reported that airlines are losing in the region of GBP 200 million every day the grounding continues. There has been no similarly massive disruption to global aviation since the Second World War.
Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport is still open because it lies to the west of the ash cloud and Ielandair has confirmed that all its flights to North America will run to schedule today. However, all European flights out of Keflavik are cancelled. Icelandair is requesting passengers pay regular visits to icelandair.com, as some flights could be reinstated at fairly short notice if aviation authorities allow.