Update on European air traffic situation - Volcanic ash chart - 1200, 8 May
Saturday 8, May 2010
Ash eruptions are ongoing and the area of potential ash contamination is expanding in particular between the ground and 20,000 feet. As a result, during the day, the area affected by volcanic ash is expected to extend from Iceland, south to Portugal and possibly as far east as Barcelona and Marseille.
Airports are closed or expected to close in northern Portugal, the north of Spain and parts of southern France. The latest 'Air Ash Concentration Charts' describing those areas where no-fly zone proposals have been made to the EUROCONTROL Member States are attached.
Transatlantic flights are being re-routed around the affected area which is causing substantial delays to these flights. The reduction of available airspace is also impacting flights arriving in or departing from the Iberian Peninsula and delays could be expected.
More and more travellers think that researching and planning a European city break is half the fun and they're not interested in pre-arranged trips or escorted tours. Self-guided tours offer a lot of advantages but require some guidance and good resources.
With the recent wild fires, disrupting flights and increasing air pollution, environmental quality is a growing factor in attracting tourists.
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