Buildup of glass was found in jet engine of a NATO plane

20th April 2010, Comments 2 comments

Airspace lockdown paralyses Europe - Some Facts

PARIS - Here is a summary of latest developments, airport closures and openings, in the airspace lockdown sparked by Iceland's volcanic eruption:

-- Thirty percent of European commercial flights were scheduled to operate Monday, an intergovernment body said, but key hubs Paris, London and Frankfurt were closed until Tuesday.

-- Airlines urged governments to reopen routes through the volcanic ash over Europe, branding the flight ban a "European mess" and the economic fallout "greater than September 11".

BRUSSELS: A buildup of glass was found in the jet engine of a NATO fighter plane in Europe, a senior US official said.

LONDON: Britain ordered a fleet of navy ships to rescue thousands of stranded air passengers in Spain and France.

PARIS: French rail firm SNCF offered 80,000 extra train seats between Paris and London to get marooned air passengers home.

PARIS: Shares in leading European airlines fell in early trading, weighed down by the disruption and cost of the volcanic ash crisis.

BRUSSELS: The European Union said it was prepared to authorise exceptional financial aid to airlines hit by the airspace closure.

LONDON: Forecasters warned volcanic ash from Iceland could hit the eastern coast of Canada on Monday.

GERMANY, BRITAIN: German and British airspace closed until 0000 GMT on Tuesday.

FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND: Airports in northwest France and north Italy closed and Swiss commercial flights grounded until 0600 GMT Tuesday.

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM: Dutch airspace closed until 1200 GMT Monday, Belgian airspace closed until 1800 GMT Monday.

ICELAND: Airports open.

FINLAND, SWEDEN, NORWAY, DENMARK: Nordic airports began reopening Monday with limited flights running across the region.

ROMANIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, CROATIA: Main airports reopened on Monday.

AFP/Expatica

2 Comments To This Article

  • Michele von Kaenel posted:

    on 20th April 2010, 17:13:45 - Reply

    I think you'll find that London is now under British Summer Time, or BST - rather than GMT.
    Your article is, technically, completely incorrect.
    Thought you should know.
    M.
  • Michele von Kaenel posted:

    on 20th April 2010, 17:13:39 - Reply

    I think you'll find that London is now under British Summer Time, or BST - rather than GMT.
    Your article is, technically, completely incorrect.
    Thought you should know.
    M.