CNN Travel Update - Airport Status

Old Apr 19th, 2010, 05:46 AM
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CNN Travel Update - Airport Status

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website: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/0...hts/index.html

Ongoing:

Austria
-- Austrian airspace, including all Austrian airports, reopened at 5 a.m. local time Monday (11 p.m. ET Sunday), said the Austrian aviation agency Austro Control. It will continue to monitor the situation and has not ruled out another closure in the coming hours.

Canada
--- Flights into and out of St. John's, Gander and Deer Lake, Newfoundland, may be affected by volcanic activity, AirCanada said.

Denmark
-- There will be no flights in Danish airspace before 2 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) Monday.

Finland
-- There will be no flights in or out of Finnish airports before 6 p.m. (11 a.m. ET) on Monday.

France
-- Paris' Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports will remain closed until 8 a.m. (2 a.m. ET) Tuesday by order of the French Civil Aviation Authority, Air France said on its website late Saturday.

-- France re-opened airports in Toulouse, Montpellier, Pau, Tarbes, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Nice, and Marseilles until 3 p.m. Monday (9 a.m. ET), when they will reassess the situation.

-- Air France is busing passengers from de Gaulle down to these airports in the south of the country.

-- They plan to have seven flights leave France on Monday: six from Toulouse airport, and one from Pau.

-- They also hope to have nine nine flights fly into France Monday -- into airports in Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nice and Marseilles.

Germany
-- The flight ban over Germany has been extended to 8 p.m. local time Monday ( 2 p.m. ET) and applies to all airports in the country, said the German aviation safety authority.

Ireland
-- Ireland extended its airspace closure through 1 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) Monday and said restrictions past then were "likely" in light of current weather forecasts.

Italy
-- The airspace in northern Italy is closed until 8 a.m. local time Tuesday ( 2 a.m. ET), the country's civil aviation authority said.

Netherlands
-- A spokeswoman for KLM -- one of the airlines that conducted test flights -- told CNN the flights show European airspace is safe with the exception of Iceland.

Norway
-- The airspace over Oslo airport (Gardermoen), and Kjevik, Torp and Rygge airports opened Monday.

Poland
-- About half the airspace in Poland is open, but that over Krakow remains closed, an airport official in the historic city said Monday.

Russia-- Flights have been delayed and cancelled at 10 Russian international airports, mostly in the European part of the country, the transport ministry said.

-- Moscow's international Sheremetyevo airport has been affected by far more than others: 277 cancelled flights and 59 delayed, with more than 28,000 people stranded.

-- Throughout Russia, 411 flights were canceled and 77 delayed, affecting more than 34, 000 passengers, the Russian transport ministry said.

Spain
-- All 16 airports in Spain were scheduled to reopen at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (9:30 a.m. ET) -- several hours earlier than previously expected, the government announced.

Sweden
-- The airspace north and west of the flight corridor from Stockholm to Gothenburg opened Monday morning. The airspace around Bromma Airport has also opened.

-- Scandinavian airline SAS canceled all flights over north European airspace on Sunday and Monday. It said a few domestic flights will operate in Norway. Flights departing from the United States on Sunday are not canceled but may be rerouted to Norway.

Switzerland
-- Switzerland is not permitting flights before 2 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) Monday, the government said.

Thailand
Thai Airways, based in Bangkok, estimates the cloud is costing the airline $3 million a day and has stranded 6,000 of its passengers.

United Arab Emirates
-- Emirates airline says the disruption has already cost it $50 million.

United Kingdom
-- Restrictions across British air space will remain in effect until at least 7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) Monday.

-- British Airways canceled all flights in and out of London on Sunday and Monday, the airline announced.

-- The British government says it is looking at whether to draft in the Royal Navy to help people stranded by the current travel crisis.

Other countries
-- There are restrictions on civil flights across most of northern and central Europe. This swath includes Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Ukraine.
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Updated 1 minute ago:

New developments:

• UK airspace will "progressively open" Tuesday, the United Kingdom's air traffic control service said. Britain's Manchester Airport will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday (4 a.m. ET) unless there is a deterioration in conditions, the agency said

• British Airways will aim to resume some flights into and out of London's airports beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday (2 p.m. ET) "following the proposed reopening of UK and European airspace by the aviation authorities."

• Airports north of a line from Nantes to Nice in France will undergo "a partial reopening," French officials said. Air corridors will be opened between Paris and the airports of the south, including Bordeaux-Paris, Toulouse-Paris, Marseilles, Paris and Nice from 8 a.m. Tuesday (2 a.m. ET). Lyon's airport will open Monday night.

• Germany's Lufthansa airline will fly 50 airplanes currently stopped in 15 intercontinental destinations back to Germany and will bring back 15,000 people. The flights will begin late Monday, and the first -- a flight from the Middle East -- is due to land at 3 a.m. Tuesday (9 p.m. ET Monday). Some domestic flights will also begin Monday night, the airline said.

• Britain's Ministry of Defense said in a statement that it is "looking at how a number of Royal Navy vessels could provide support to U.K. government efforts to assist British travelers stranded abroad. ... We are urgently looking into the detail of how this support will work in practice, but as part of the preparations, we are looking at how the RN will be employed to provide assistance to the government's wider efforts."

• The Royal Navy's HMS Albion will arrive in Santander, Spain, on Tuesday morning, "where its primary role will be to collect U.K. service personnel who have recently left the ongoing operation in Afghanistan," the ministry said. The HMS Ocean is in southern British waters and was standing by for orders. The HMS Ark Royal, which was deployed on an exercise off the northwest coast of Scotland, is sailing south to provide further assistance.

• Kallas said Sunday that if the ash cloud continues "moving as it moves, then tomorrow, almost 50 percent of European [Union] space will be risk free." That would allow more flights to resume, he said. "But we'll see [Monday] what the picture shows."


Austria
• Austrian airspace, including all Austrian airports, reopened at 5 a.m. local time Monday (11 p.m. ET Sunday), said the Austrian aviation agency Austro Control. It will continue to monitor the situation and has not ruled out another closure in the coming hours.

Belgium
• The Brussels airport has confirmed that arrivals will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday (2 a.m. ET). Departures will begin at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) if the air quality remains good, officials said.

Canada
• Flights into and out of St. John's, Gander and Deer Lake, Newfoundland, may be affected by volcanic activity, AirCanada said.

Denmark
• Danish airspace below 35,500 feet (about 11 kilometers) is closed at least through 2 a.m. Tuesday (8 p.m. Monday ET). Danish airspace is open above 35,500 feet for transit.

Finland
• Finland, which had opened airspace over two airports briefly, closed airspace at one of them. As of 8 p.m. Monday (1 p.m. ET), flight restrictions were in place at Helsinki and Turku airports, the Finland Aviation Authority said. Tampere-Pirkkala airport is open until midnight (5 p.m. ET). Earlier, the aviation authority had opened airspace to Tampere-Pirkkala and Turku airports, citing "a break" in the ash cloud.

France
• Paris' Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports will remain closed until 8 a.m. (2 a.m. ET) Tuesday by order of the French Civil Aviation Authority, Air France said on its Web site late Saturday.

• France reopened airports in Toulouse, Montpellier, Pau, Tarbes, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Nice, and Marseilles until 3 p.m. Monday (9 a.m. ET), when the situation will be reassessed.

• Air France is busing passengers from de Gaulle to airports in the south of the country.

It plans to have seven flights leave France on Monday: six from Toulouse airport, and one from Pau. It also hopes to have nine nine flights fly into France on Monday, into airports in Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nice and Marseilles.

• The French national rail company SNCF is adding 80,000 extra places on the Eurostar high-speed trains running from Paris to London this week. Tickets will cost a special fare of 96 euros (about $130) round trip, less than half the normal last-minute price.

Germany
• The German aviation authority has closed German airspace at least through 2 a.m. Tuesday local time (8 p.m. Monday ET).

Ireland
• Ireland extended its airspace closure through 1 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) Monday and said restrictions past then were "likely" in light of current weather forecasts.

Italy
• The airspace in northern Italy is closed until 8 a.m. local time Tuesday ( 2.m. ET), the country's civil aviation authority said. Airspace throughout the rest of the country opened at 7 a.m. Monday (1 a.m. ET), but the situation remains fluid with officials checking how long it can remain open, the civil aviation authority said.

Norway
• The airspace over Oslo airport (Gardermoen), and Kjevik, Torp and Rygge airports opened Monday.

Poland
• About half the airspace in Poland is open, but that over Krakow remains closed, an airport official in the historic city said Monday.

Russia
• Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport will resume some flights to Europe, Israel, Egypt and Turkey. Twelve Russian airports canceled a total of 448 flights Monday morning. An additional 80 were delayed, and two were postponed, affecting nearly 39,000 passengers.

Scotland
• Scotland will reopen its airspace at 7 a.m. Tuesday (2 a.m. ET), the United Kingdom's air traffic control service said. "The volcanic eruption has reduced and the volcano is not currently emitting ash to altitudes that will affect the U.K.," it said. Airspace above England and Wales, including London, may be opened later Tuesday.

Spain
• All 16 airports in Spain were scheduled to reopen at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (9:30 a.m. ET) -- several hours earlier than previously expected, the government announced.

Sweden
• The airspace north and west of the flight corridor from Stockholm to Gothenburg opened Monday morning. The airspace around Bromma Airport has also opened.

Switzerland
• Switzerland is not permitting flights before 8 a.m. (2 a.m. ET) Tuesday, the government said.

Thailand
• Thai Airways, based in Bangkok, estimates the cloud is costing the airline $3 million a day and has stranded 6,000 of its passengers.

The Netherlands
• A spokeswoman for KLM, one of the airlines that conducted test flights, told CNN the flights show European airspace is safe, with the exception of Iceland.

United Arab Emirates
• Emirates airline says the disruption has already cost it $50 million.

• The United Arab Emirates will not impose penalties on anyone who overstays a visa as a result of the travel disruption, the Interior Ministry told CNN.

United Kingdom
• Restrictions across British airspace may be lifted sometime Tuesday, the U.K.'s air traffic control services said.


Other countries

• There are restrictions on civil flights across most of northern and central Europe. This swath includes Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Ukraine.
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Old Apr 19th, 2010, 09:43 AM
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Schuler

Great service you are providing with your post.

Meanwhile, news for the Brits who are stranded on Continent
in Europe is that the British Navy is sending a ship to bring Brits home....
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wow - cnbc says 7 million travelers have been affected...that's a lot of people and a lot of money
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Taken from CNN updated on April 19, 2010 -- Updated 2137 GMT (0537 HKT)

New developments:

• The volcanic eruption strengthened Tuesday, and "a new ash cloud is spreading south and east towards the UK," the United Kingdom's air traffic control services said in a statement. "This demonstrates the dynamic and rapidly changing conditions in which we are working."

The latest information shows that "the situation is worsening in some areas," National Air Traffic Services said. "Based on this information, the situation for Northern Irish airports for the morning is uncertain, due to the new ash cloud."

• Scottish airports, as announced, should be available from 7 a.m. (2 a.m. ET), and more UK airspace could become available from 1 p.m. (8 a.m. ET), "although not as far south as the main London airports."

• The situation may change overnight, Air Traffic Services said. "We are working closely with government, airports and airlines, and airframe and aero engine manufacturers to get a better understanding of the effects of the ash cloud and to seek solutions."

Ongoing:

• About 8,700 flights have taken place in European airspace Monday, said Eurocontrol, the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation. A normal Monday would see about 28,000 flights, it has said.

• Eruption of the volcano previously had "virtually ceased," but it was erupting to between 10,000 and 15,000 feet Monday, the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in London, England, said. CNN's Gary Tuchman in Iceland said lava was starting to flow on the mountain, but not on the ground, and the ash cloud was large.

Austria
• Austrian airspace, including all Austrian airports, reopened at 5 a.m. Monday (11 p.m. ET Sunday), said the Austrian aviation agency Austro Control. It will continue to monitor the situation and has not ruled out another closure in the coming hours.

Belgium
• The Brussels airport has confirmed arrivals will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday (2 a.m. ET). Departures will begin at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) if the air quality remains clear, officials said.

Canada
• Flights into and out of St. John's, Gander and Deer Lake, Newfoundland, may be affected by volcanic activity, AirCanada said.

Denmark
• The Danish Aviation Authority said its upper airspace -- above 35,500 feet -- was open as of 2:30 p.m. Monday (8:30 a.m. ET). Denmark's airspace below 35,500 feet remained closed, and will be closed until at least 8 a.m. Tuesday (2 a.m. ET), it said.

Finland
• Finland, which had opened airspace over two airports briefly, closed airspace at one of them. As of 8 p.m. Monday (1 p.m. ET), flight restrictions were in place at Helsinki and Turku airports, the Finland Aviation Authority said. Tampere-Pirkkala airport is open until midnight (5 p.m. ET). Earlier, the aviation authority had opened airspace to Tampere-Pirkkala and Turku airports, citing "a break" in the ash cloud.

France
• Airports north of a line from Nantes to Nice will undergo "a partial reopening," French officials said. Air corridors will be opened between Paris and the airports of the south, including Bordeaux-Paris, Toulouse-Paris, Marseilles, Paris and Nice from 8 a.m. Tuesday (2 a.m. ET). Lyon's airport will open Monday night.

• France reopened airports in Toulouse, Montpellier, Pau, Tarbes, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Nice, and Marseilles until 3 p.m. Monday (9 a.m. ET), when they will reassess the situation.

• Air France is busing passengers from de Gaulle down to these airports in the south of the country. The airline plans to have seven flights leave France on Monday: six from Toulouse airport and one from Pau.

It also hopes to have nine nine flights fly into France on Monday: into airports in Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nice and Marseilles.

• The French national rail company SNCF is adding 80,000 extra places on the Eurostar high-speed trains running from Paris to London this week. Tickets will cost a special fare of 96 euros (about $130) round trip, less than half the normal last-minute price.

Germany
• German airspace will remain closed until 2 p.m. Tuesday (8 a.m. ET). This does not affect an earlier announcement from Lufthansa that it will fly 50 airplanes currently in 15 intercontinental destinations back to Germany beginning late Monday.

• Germany's Lufthansa airline will fly 50 airplanes currently stopped in 15 intercontinental destinations back to Germany and will bring back 15,000 people. The flights will begin late Monday, and the first -- a flight from the Middle East -- is due to land at 3 a.m. Tuesday (9 p.m. ET Monday). Some domestic flights will also begin Monday night, the airline said.

Ireland
• Ireland extended its airspace closure through 6 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) Monday.

Italy
• The airspace in northern Italy is closed until 8 a.m. Tuesday (2 a.m. ET), the country's civil aviation authority said. Airspace throughout the rest of the country opened at 7 a.m. Monday (1 a.m. ET), but the situation remains fluid with officials checking how long it can remain open, the civil aviation authority said.

Netherlands
• Three KLM flights will leave Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport at 8 p.m. (2 p.m. ET), according to the airline. The flights are bound for Shanghai, China; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and New York's JFK airport. Priority was given to transit passengers, KLM said, but it could not confirm the exact number of passengers aboard.

• Intercontinental flights scheduled to arrive in Amsterdam on Monday "will be decided on a case-by-case basis, at the latest four hours before departure," KLM said.

Norway
• The airspace over Oslo airport (Gardermoen), and Kjevik, Torp and Rygge airports opened Monday.

Poland
• About half the airspace in Poland is open, but that over Krakow remains closed, an airport official in the historic city said Monday.

Russia
• Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport will resume some flights to Europe, Israel, Egypt and Turkey. Twelve Russian airports canceled a total of 448 flights Monday morning. An additional 80 were delayed, and two were postponed, affecting nearly 39,000 passengers.

Scotland
• Scotland will reopen its airspace at 7 a.m. Tuesday (2 a.m. ET), the United Kingdom's air traffic control service said. "The volcanic eruption has reduced and the volcano is not currently emitting ash to altitudes that will affect the UK," it said. Airspace above England and Wales, including London, may be opened later Tuesday.

Spain
• All 16 airports in Spain were scheduled to reopen at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (9:30 a.m. ET) -- several hours earlier than previously expected, the government announced.

Sweden
• The airspace north and west of the flight corridor from Stockholm to Gothenburg opened Monday morning. The airspace around Bromma Airport has also opened.

Switzerland
• Switzerland is not permitting flights before 8 a.m. (2 a.m. ET) Tuesday, the government said.

Thailand
Thai Airways, based in Bangkok, estimates the cloud is costing the airline $3 million a day and has stranded 6,000 of its passengers.

United Arab Emirates
• Emirates airline says the disruption has cost it $50 million.

• The United Arab Emirates will not impose penalties on anyone who overstays a visa as a result of the travel disruption, the Interior Ministry said.

United Kingdom
• UK airspace will "progressively open" Tuesday, the United Kingdom's air traffic control service said.

• Britain's Manchester Airport will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday (4 a.m. ET) unless there is a deterioration in conditions, the agency said.

• British Airways will aim to resume some flights into and out of London's airports beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday (2 p.m. ET) "following the proposed reopening of UK and European airspace by the aviation authorities."

• The British Royal Navy is deploying two ships, HMS Ocean and HMS Ark Royal, to rescue travelers stranded by the ash, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced. The Ocean is in southern British waters, standing by for orders. The Ark Royal, which was on an exercise off the northwest coast of Scotland, is sailing south to provide further assistance.

The navy's HMS Albion will arrive in Santander, Spain, on Tuesday morning, "where its primary role will be to collect U.K. service personnel who have recently left the ongoing operation in Afghanistan," Britain's Ministry of Defense said.

Other countries
• There are restrictions on civil flights across most of northern and central Europe. This swath includes Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Ukraine.
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KLm are flying to all but four intercontinental destinations today, and to most but not all European destinations. They are not flying to Paris for instance, but are using those planes for other routes to get the stranded home. Stranded passengers have priority over booked passengers.
That does not mean that those booked on a KLM flight cannot fly - it will depend on the capacity and to some extent on the status of the passenger. You are advised to contact the airline, or better yet check their website for more details.
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