EU airport status: flights remain interrupted 06h00 EST
THE National Air Traffic Service’s (NATS) latest statement on the Icelandic volcanic eruption – based on the latest information from the Met Office, advises that the current restrictions across UK controlled airspace remain in place until 01h00 (local time) on Tuesday, April 20.
Conditions around the movement of the layers of the volcanic ash cloud over the UK remain dynamic.
Reuters released a list of affected airports as for 20h00 GMT(Greenwich Mean Time) and their airspace status:
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.