“The skies are completely empty over the major part of northern Europe”

Brian’s optimistic post yesterday proved premature as restrictions on flights in Ireland are re-applied. Restrictions elsewhere have also been extended until, at least, 0100 0700 BST on Sunday. And an Irish Times report quotes Brian Flynn, assistant head of network operations at the European aviation body Eurocontrol.

“The skies are completely empty over the major part of northern Europe,” said Brian Flynn, assistant head of network operations at the European aviation body Eurocontrol. “It is very difficult for any significant movement of air traffic in the northern part of Europe to take place . . .Whereas the disruption is major and unprecedented in Europe, it is unavoidable given the nature of the problem,” he told reporters in Brussels. The ash cloud has already led to the cancellation of flights in countries as far apart as Austria, Belgium, Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Sweden.

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