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upcoming trips... join the 'will we make it ?' or 'I hate volcanos' club!

upcoming trips... join the 'will we make it ?' or 'I hate volcanos' club!

Apr 19th, 2010, 01:36 AM
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well imminent travelers, here's hoping for more good news!

=> test flights successful with no damage
=> smaller airports opened
=> hope to open 50% of airspace today

bad news is that Britain, France, Netherlands, and Germany still have airspace closed.
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Apr 19th, 2010, 01:50 AM
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I have 2 holidays booked for this year - one leaving 3 weeks tomorrow to Greece (Santorini/Naxos) and the second in July to ICELAND! I've realised I've managed to book to go to 2 areas with active volcanic forces and in economic crisis! The Iceland trip is (of course) to the southern part of the island - i.e. the area most affected. I can almost accept my Iceland trip may get cancelled or perhaps changed but if my Greek trip is affected too - I'm going to cry!
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Apr 19th, 2010, 02:13 AM
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Any chance Fred Phelps might be asked to lead a small demonstration anywhere near the volcano?
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Apr 19th, 2010, 02:42 AM
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Volcanos, my friend. Katla is the more dangerous one and is about to erupt soon.
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Apr 19th, 2010, 03:11 AM
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KLM just flew from AMS to CDG without passengers. No problems, no ash found.
The Dutch want to start flying again, but if their neighbours keep their airspace closed their is nothing they can do

Hopefully this video conference of EU top cats will produce some results.
Spain and Southern Italy are open again it seems.

France is laying on extra trains, at a lower price than normal, from what I have read.

NS sold out of all it's international train tickets for the next week on Saturday.
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Apr 19th, 2010, 03:35 AM
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Add Mr. Fan & I to the list.

Due to fly on Apr 30 to MUC via AMS. It's a quick trip, mainly to visit family, but I really didn't want to cancel. I finally managed to amass enough miles to get the overnight flight to AMS in Business Class and it's a suprise for Mr. Fan's 50th Birthday!

Also, he's not particularly excited about going, even if the deem it 'safe'. Is anyone else feeling that way?

Good luck to everyone!
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Apr 19th, 2010, 04:39 AM
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Due to go to Sicily Wednesday (from Dublin) for a wee break, long overdue doesn't look good.
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Apr 19th, 2010, 04:47 AM
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Due to leave LAX for Paris on April 22.

Phieaglefan, I am not feeling so excited about the trip anymore right now.

What I get there and the ash gets worse and I am delayed coming home? I am not sure it is the most responsible decision to go.
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Apr 19th, 2010, 05:09 AM
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Hetismij, I was listening to BBC radio 4 and they reported that although BA, KLM etc. had found no problems on their test flights 4 NATO fighter jet planes had found damage to their engines on test flights through the ash.

Much as I would like this situation to change I think I would trust NATO more than a commercial airline. I complain constantly that Health & Safety in this country has gone mad but in this instance I would rather be safe than sorry.
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Apr 19th, 2010, 06:45 AM
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I am also in the travel soon group. May 11 to Berlin. I am concerned the ash now will die down and erupt again just in time for my trip.
This is a new worry I have never had before. Mother Nature, what can you do?!
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Apr 19th, 2010, 06:50 AM
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Krakow 27th May. And I have my son stranded in London....
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Apr 19th, 2010, 07:07 AM
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rbnwdlr(rbnwdln) and DH to Paris on June 11

DS and DD to Greece (via Paris) on May 28th

Best friend's last minute "I beat cancer" trip to Paris - April 28th

I am going to Paris if I have to swim. %^$&*^ volcano!
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Apr 19th, 2010, 07:32 AM
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Knock on wood, I'm leaving April 27 from Austin to Milan, and will be flying home from Zurich on May 7.

Where is Tom Hanks (Joe) to go sacrifice himself to the volcano gods when we need him??!!
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Apr 19th, 2010, 07:48 AM
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Baladeuse - we're stuck in London and unfortunately I don't know about price line, but our hotel is quite full right now w/all of us "volcano refugees" and seemed to feel we were lucky to be able to extend our stay. The imbalance of extenders being great, new arrivals being very slim. By now you've perhaps contacted your hotel and I'm betting they worked with you??
Looks like heathrow reopens tomorrow (fingers crossed). We didn't wait for travel agent to be cleared by VA to rebook and feel lucky to have VA 1pm Friday - if not we'll be joining the swarm to Madrid. This morning we went to "SameDayDoc" since DH brought only enough meds for expected trip dates (silly man!). They said they've seen lots of Americans for prescription refills.
So now that it looks like we're set for Friday we can relax and wander more! Tomorrow Hampton court!
Cheers and good luck to us all whether going or coming!
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Apr 19th, 2010, 08:28 AM
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I don´t think I will have so much problems as other travellers here. For once, airports in northern Spain are opened again and flights look to be on time. On other side, I am simply visiting the family and going out with friends, so if I cannot go, I won´t mind and I will go there a couple of weeks afterwards.

We had a couple of engineers stranded in Canada and China, but on the other side we had customers visiting from Pakistan this week ... and they have arrived on schedule Quite a surprise !

What I am wondering is how the T4 is going to "survive" all those people rescheduled to go through Madrid ...

Bye, Cova
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Apr 19th, 2010, 08:48 AM
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Came to London from Perth Australia for a week - supposed to be out of Heathrow today....was advised yesterday that reschedule for 7th May (you gotta be kidding - i came here for a week, not a month!)

Book flight from Rome for Friday and tomorrow start the journey from London - Paris - Rome on the trains....

The hotel I'm here at in London (very nice too) is bleeding...less than half full....they've been fantastic too!
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Apr 19th, 2010, 09:14 AM
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Add us to the list of volcano watchers with a flight soon. We are leaving from Atlanta to Rome next Sunday April 25th. Watching and hoping the volcano quiets down enough to allow this one little flight to arrive on time. I will worry about the flight back when the time arrives. Rome looks pretty good so far but no telling what will happen with one volcano spewing ash and another predicted to go off soon. Wishing all of you stranded souls good luck in your travels. J
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Apr 19th, 2010, 09:29 AM
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Flights are due to resume tomorrow from many countries. I would panic too much, have a look at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8630632.stm.

KLM are flying tonight to the US, Shanghai and somewhere else, repatriating passengers who have been stuck in the transit zone at Schiphol.
The new Eurocontrol agreed zones start at 8 am European time tomorrow.
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Apr 19th, 2010, 10:13 AM
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Air France is hoping to operate 25% of its flights from Paris tomorrow. Meanwhile, it was very happy to be able to operate its A380 out of Toulouse today -- home of Airbus and therefore equipped for such planes.
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Apr 19th, 2010, 10:16 AM
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To where did that A380 fly?
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