Icelandic eruption causes Schiphol and Paris CDG closures

15 Apr 2010 by BusinessTraveller

The disruption to flights caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland is spreading to mainland European countries, with flights within the Netherlands expected to be suspended by 1900.

A statement on the Amsterdam Schiphol website advises that “current expectations are that air traffic to and from the Netherlands will come to a complete standstill after 1900 hours this evening, as a result of a cloud of volcanic ash caused by a volcanic eruption on Iceland”.

Belgian airspace has also been closed as of 1630, and will remain so until 2200 at the earliest according to Brussels airport, while Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and Swedish airspaces are currently either partially or completely closed.

The BBC website is also reporting that Paris CDG and Orly airports are to close from 2100, along with “two dozen” other French airport across the north of the country.

UK air traffic has been suspended since about lunchtime today (click here for the original story and airline statements), with no flights expected to be allowed to depart or arrive before at least 0700 tomorrow (Friday April 16).

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