Ash cancels more European gigs, fans are magmanimous

16 April 2010

UPDATE 0850 - nearly all UK flights have now been cancelled until at least 1am tomorrow morning, with further cancellations possible; some services are being permitted in Northern Ireland and western Scotland. Check with your airline before travelling, etc.

The good news is that following the British Airways strikes and several days of volcanic activity in Iceland, the UK is on course to meet its annual carbon emission targets. The bad news is the fortnight in Magaluf is off. As a nation of orange-skinned, white-tracksuited holiday makers lament at the loss of their duty free goods, the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano on Iceland continues to knacker international flights.

Bitterwallet - volcano ash shuts airports
The latest news from the Bitterwallet Ash Pollution Survey department (BAPS) is that all UK flights have been cancelled until 7pm tonight; there'll be a review of conditions after 8am this morning; it's possible the flight ban may be extended into Saturday. Once it's lifted, it may take several days for services to return to normal since many planes will be out of position, and demand will no doubt exceed supply.

As the ash cloud has spread into mainland Europe, so the cancellations have followed; planes departing Paris and regional airports in Northern France have been grounded until this afternoon, while flights to the Baltics have been cancelled or severely restricted. Watch the skies, friends.

TOPICS:   Travel   High Street News


  • william
    What the hell, is this here story real?
  • Ian P.
    Real question is which Airline is going to be the first to sue Iceland for lost reveneues due to flight cancellations ? lol..
  • David
    I think they should sue. Iceland are responsible, they should pick up the cost. There should be a tax on the pollution they are spewing into the atmosphere as well. They should pay back our councils the money they owe as well.
  • David
    I bet mum won't be going to Iceland this week!
  • Morocco
    Pity Kerry Katona wasn't FIRED by that ICELAND. See what I did there?
  • Nobby
    I think all flights should take a detour over Iceland, just so they can drop buckets of shit. This will also give France a break, since current UK law is that every flight entering UK airspace must drop any shit from their toilets over France.
  • Nobby
    In fact, it looks like the French are involved. Look at that map, I recognise the outline. This was planned by the Icelandics and the French. Matisse drew up the plans for the area to be affected ...
  • Tom
    About time we had no flights......where I am its peace and fucking quiet - no planes!
  • F. F.
    @Nobby Yu r wun funny mo fo...respek
  • dunfyboy
    GF is stuck abroad and can't get home. Looks like it's takeaway for dinner again.
  • Nobby
    That's her excuse. She's probably eating some foreign sausage right now.
  • zeddy
    @Nobby: Is that a MEAT stick or a vegetarian one?
  • milky
    volcanoes are responsible for helping create atmospheres, as usual with nature it's a double edged sword. nlike the human race who cock it up within nature regardless.
  • The B.
    I'm supposed to be sitting at Heathrow waiting to board a flight to Thailand, not too happy with Vulcan/Hephaestus/Sethlans at the moment.

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