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24 May 2011

Icelandic Ash Cloud closes European Air Space - Hostels247 Travel News

Volcanic Ash cloud closes European air space again in 2011

It seems like only yesterday that a volcanic dust cloud in 2010, caused havoc across Europe and the world, closings airports, cancelling hundreds of flights and strangling hundreds of thousands of travellers, Youth Hostels and Hotel accommodation reservations cancelled, Car rentals cancelled, all at an estimated cost of over 1.7 billion according to International Air Transport Association.

But here we are again in 2011 and another Icelandic Volcanic ash cloud has began to close air space, British Airways, Air France-KLM among other carriers have already cancelled over 250 flights with Scottish air space being closed

There are conflicting reports on how much of a danger this Volcanic Ash Cloud is actually posing, most companies are edging on the side of caution, but Ryan Air has flown a test flight over Scotland and has reported that they found no evidence of any volcanic ash material whatsoever, and Michael O’Leary the CEO of Ryan Air has asking for Scottish Air Space to be reopened.

British Airways has now setup their own test flight to try and see what the affects the Volcanic Ash Cloud has on the flight if any.

The dust cloud is still on the move and there are about 600 regions affected with 13,000 flights affected by delays or cancellations, it’s hopped that the dust cloud this year will not cause as much disruptions as last year.

With the end of May bank holiday weekend fast approaching in UK the delays and cancelled flights could become more of a problem with for UK and European holiday makers

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