Volcano Dust Cloud Impact for Travelers

The air travel situation in Europe and beyond continues to vary hour by hour, but is improving overall.

Below is a summary of air travel information by country. It also provides a nice snapshot of the current conditions and the breadth the volcano’s dust cloud has.

  • AUSTRIA – Airports expected to reopen 04h00 GMT Monday.
  • BELGIUM – Airspace closed until at least 18h00 GMT Sunday. Main airline, Brussels Airlines,
    has cancelled all flights until Monday.
  • BRITAIN – Airspace closed until at least 01h00 GMT Tuesday. British Airways cancels all
    Monday flights.
  • BULGARIA – Sofia and Plovdiv airports open as of 11h00 GMT Sunday. Other airports
    closed. Transit flights permitted at 8 000m altitude.
  • CZECH REPUBLIC – Airspace closed until at least 10h00 GMT Monday.
  • DENMARK – Airspace closed until 12h00 GMT Monday.
  • ESTONIA – Airspace closed until 12h00 GMT Monday.
  • FINLAND – Airspace closed until at least 15h00 GMT Monday.
  • FRANCE – Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse and several other southwest airports will
    remain open until at least 13h00 GMT Monday. Airports north of Nice-Bordeaux line remain
    closed at least until Tuesday morning. Air France said a test flight from Paris to Toulouse on
    Sunday had ended without problems; tests continuing.
  • GERMANY – International airports shut until 12h00 GMT Monday. Temporary opening
    permission to Berlin’s Tegel (TXL) and Schoenefeld (SXF) airports to end at 22h00 GMT.
  • HUNGARY – Airspace to remain closed until at least 10h00 GMT Monday, although some flights at the discretion of traffic control may be allowed to take off or land.
  • IRELAND – Airspace closed until at least 12h00 GMT on Monday. Ryanair cancelled all flights to and from northern Europe until at least mid-Wednesday. Aer Lingus cancelled all flights Monday.
  • ITALY – Northern airspace to reopen from 05h00 GMT Monday.
  • LATVIA – Airspace closed until 06h00 GMT Monday.
  • LITHUANIA – Lithuania airspace is now open, Vilnius Airport said on its website on Sunday.
  • LUXEMBOURG – Luxembourg airport closed until at least 16h00 GMT Sunday.
  • NETHERLANDS – Airspace shut until at least 06h00 GMT Monday.
  • NORWAY – Main airport, Oslo Gardermoen, opened for take-offs, but so far no landings. Airspace opened for some traffic north of Bergen, with some northern areas still closed.
  • POLAND – Six Polish airports, including Warsaw, reopened for commercial flights.
  • ROMANIA – Airspace closed until at least 09h00 GMT Monday.
  • RUSSIA – All airports open. Aeroflot is flying to the United States via the North Pole.
  • SLOVAKIA – Airspace closed as of 13h00 GMT on Friday.
  • SLOVENIA – Airspace was opened around 18h00 GMT Sunday and will stay open until at
    least 04h00 GMT Monday, national news agency STA cited Traffic Ministry as saying.
    However, the ministry expects it to be closed again because of more ash reaching Slovenia around 06h00 GMT, STA said.
  • SPAIN – The 17 airports closed on Sunday morning by the Spanish airport authorities now open.
  • SWEDEN – Airport authority has opened airspace north of 62 degrees latitude, about 250 km north of Stockholm. The rest remains closed into Monday. SAS said most of its flights on April 18 and 19 had been cancelled.
  • SWITZERLAND – Main carrier Swiss says cancelled all European flights from and to
    Switzerland until Monday, 18h00 GMT. Swiss also says cancelled all intercontinental flights from Switzerland for all of Monday.
  • TURKEY – All airports open. Planes flying out of the Black Sea cities of Samsun, Sinop and Zonguldak have been advised not to fly higher than 20,000 feet (6 km).
  • UKRAINE – Kiev’s Borispol airport open.
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