19-Apr-2010 11:03 AM

'Ash Attack': Airports report mass cancellations

Airport updates:

  • Airports Company South Africa announced (18-Apr-2010) several flights bound for Europe remain grounded at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. [more]
  • Austrian airports are expected to be reopened on 0400 19-Apr-2010 (Reuters, 19-Apr-10);
  • Bulgarian Air Traffic Control allowed Sofia and Plodviv airports to reopen on 1100 19-Apr-2010 (Reuters, 19-Apr-2010). All other airports remain closed;
  • CyprusLarnaka and Paphos airports cancelled 31 flights to European destinations from 0000 to 1500 17-Apr-2010 (Famagusta Gazette, 17-Apr-2010);
  • Czech Republic's Prague Airport announced (17-Apr-2010) operations were temporarily suspended on 16-Apr-2010 and will not resume before 1200 19-Apr-2010; [more]
  • Denmark airports to remain closed until 1200 19-Apr-2010 (Reuters, 19-Apr-2010);
  • Estonian airports to remain closed until 1200 19-Apr-2010 (Reuters, 19-Apr-2010);
  • French Government plans to keep the majority of French airports, including all Paris airports, closed until 0600 20-Apr-2010 (Associated Press, 18-Apr-2010). All airspace north of an axis between Nice and Bordeaux will remain closed until this time. All airports south of this axis, including Biarritz, Marseille, Montpellier and Toulouse, will remain open until at least 1300 19-Apr-2010;
  • Germany’s DFS has allowed temporary permission for the opening of Berlin Tegel and Berlin Schoenefeld airports until 2200 18-Apr-2010 (Reuters, 18-Apr-2010). Frankfurt, Erfurt, Leipzig and Hanover airports were also temporarily reopened for limited operations on 18-Apr-2010;
  • Greece’s Athens International Airport stated it had cancelled 159 flights so far on 18-Apr-2010, but otherwise continues to operate as normal (Dow Jones, 18-Apr-2010);
  • Hungary's Budapest Airport announced (18-Apr-2010) it will remain closed until 1200 19-Apr-2010, due to the closure of Hungarian airspace by the National Transport Authority’s Civil Aviation Directorate; [more]
  • Italy’s ENAC stated it would reopen the country’s northern airspace from 0500 19-Apr-2010 (Reuters, 19-Apr-2010). Rome Airport is reportedly open (Thaindian News, 18-Apr-2010);
  • Latvian airports to remain closed until 0600 19-Apr-10 (Reuters, 19-Apr-2010);
  • Lithuania’s Vilnius Airport stated Lithuanian airspace is now open (Reuters, 19-Apr-2010);
  • Luxembourg Airport plans to remain closed until at least 1600 18-Apr-2010 (Reuters, 17-Apr-2010);
  • Netherlands airports to remain closed until at least 0600 18-Apr-2010 (Reuters, 19-Apr-2010);
  • Poland reopened six airports, including Warsaw (Reuters, 19-Apr-2010);
  • Portuguese airports cancelled at least 185 flights on 17-Apr-2010 (Xinhua, 17-Apr-2010). Lisbon Portela Airport cancelled the most flights, with 77 cancellations. Algarve Faro Airport cancelled 69 flights;
  • Romania airports to remain closed until at least 0900 19-Apr-2010 (Reuters, 19-Apr-2010);
  • Russian airports have been reopened (Reuters, 19-Apr-2010). The country’s Federal Air Transport Agency stated almost 500 flights at Russian airports have been delayed or cancelled over the weekend (Itar-Tass, 18-Apr-2010). Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport reported the majority of cancelled flights (286 flights). Kaliningrad Khrabrovo Airport reopened on 17-Apr-2010, after closing on 16-Apr-2010;
  • Slovakia airports remain closed (Reuters, 19-Apr-2010);
  • Slovenian airports were reopened 1800 18-Apr-2010 and will remain open until at least 0400 19-Apr-2010 (Reuters, 19-Apr-2010). Slovenian Government plans to close the country’s airspace again at approximately 0600 19-Apr-2010;
  • South Korea’s Incheon International Airport stated 41 of 54 scheduled flights to Europe were cancelled on 17-Apr-2010 (Korean Herald, 18-Apr-2010);
  • Spain’s AENA reopened all of its airports in the afternoon on 18-Apr-2010, following the closure of 17 airports on 17-Apr-2010 and 18-Apr-2010, including Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca airports (Typically Spanish, 18-Apr-2010). Spanish Transport Ministry stated it is making some Spanish airports available as temporary intercontinental facilities, allowing passengers to then connect to the rest of Europe through road or rail transport (AFP, 18-Apr-2010);
  • Switzerland’s Zurich Airport remains closed (AFP, 18-Apr-2010);
  • Turkish airports are all open (Reuters, 19-Apr-2010). Istanbul Ataturk Airport stated it has cancelled over 110 international flights since 16-Apr-2010 (Xinhua, 18-Apr-2010);
  • UK's Birmingham Airport announced (18-Apr-2010) there will be no flights in or out of the airport until at least 1900 19-Apr-2010; [more]
  • Ukraine’s Kiev Borispol Airport was reopened on 0720 18-Apr-2010 after closing on 17-Apr-2010 (Reuters/Ukrainian News Agency, 18-Apr-2010).

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