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Iceland Volcano May Threaten Flights

Bardarbunga threat level raised to orange

(Newser) - Four years after Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano seriously disrupted aviation , another tongue-twister may be set to blow. Iceland's meteorological office says the area around the Bardarbunga volcano has experienced its strongest earthquake since 1996 and there is a chance the "current activity will result in an explosive subglacial... More »

What the World Watched as 2010 Unfolded

Snooki to Spillcam, here's what we gawked at

(Newser) - We stared in horror as oil gushed unchecked from BP's ruptured well for months, we might have raised a beer as Steven Slater took his epic slide down a JetBlue ramp, and we feverishly refreshed Facebook as Mark Zuckerberg took Time's Person of the Year Honors. but mostly, writes Ted... More »

Easyjet to Install Volcanic Ash Detectors

Take that, Eyjafjallajokull

(Newser) - Low-cost airline Easyjet has unveiled world-first plans to outfit its planes with radar to detect volcanic ash. Easyjet said yesterday that the devices—designed to be placed on the tail fin and detect ash within 100 miles—could prevent a repeat of the shutdown of air space last month caused... More »

Hate That Volcano? This Might Change Your Mind

Videographer travels to the source for montage

(Newser) - Those flying to and from Europe might think it's a pain, but that pesky Icelandic volcano certainly has its moments. Videographer Sean Stiegemeier traveled there and put together this 2-minute video montage for his Vimeo page . He wanted to improve on the "mediocre" images he'd been seeing. Mission accomplished.... More »

Ash Cloud Reaches Africa

Airport closed in Morocco, Spain, Turkey

(Newser) - Drifting ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano has closed airports as far away as the Sahara. Authorities in Morocco, which wasn't affected by last month's closures, shut down 10 airports today as an ash cloud moved south. Some Spanish airports were also forced to close and Turkey briefly closed a section... More »

Ash Cloud Forces Emergency Landing

Eyjafjallajokull still isn't done screwing with flights

(Newser) - A flight making the short trip from Belfast to London had to turn around and make an emergency landing back in Belfast today, after pilots noticed an “acrid smell” in the cabin that may have been caused by the renewed ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Ryanair wouldn't say... More »

Ash Cloud Cancels Hundreds of Flights

Renewed activity at Icelandic volcano leads to more travel chaos

(Newser) - Hundreds of flights were canceled and delayed today as the reinvigorated ash cloud issuing from an Icelandic volcano spread across parts of Europe and the UK. Three clouds are moving in various directions, closing airports in Scotland, Portugal, Germany, and other countries. The total number of canceled flights since the... More »

Ash Cloud Fouls Up Most Flights to Europe

Most trans-Atlantic trips are delayed or canceled

(Newser) - Hundreds of flights between Europe and North America were either delayed or canceled today because of the spreading cloud of volcanic ash stretching across much of the northern Atlantic. For instance, an Air France flight from Boston arrived in Paris today with a delay of more than four hours. More »

Ash Grounds Irish Planes Again

Volcano's latest spewings headed for western Ireland

(Newser) - Yet another massive cloud of ash from Iceland is ruining Irish travel plans for the second time in 5 days. Six airports in the west of the country will be closed today because of a massive cloud of ash, the BBC reports. Cancellations caused by volcanic ash are likely to... More »

Another Ash Cloud Closes UK Airports

'Summer of uncertainty' lies ahead for travelers

(Newser) - Another wave of Icelandic volcanic ash is drifting toward Europe, closing airports for the second time this week in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Authorities believe the airports may reopen later today, but warn that more closures are possible if the clouds drift south, CNN reports. Airport closures at short notice... More »

Volcanic Ash Closes Irish, Scottish Airspace

Iceland volcano has no new impact on European flights—yet

(Newser) - Just 2 weeks after international air traffic crippled by Icelandic volcano ash started getting back to normal , Irish and some Scottish airspace will close tomorrow morning because of a new drifting cloud. The ban will not affect UK and mainland Europe service or trans-Atlantic flights, reports RTE . "Some of... More »

Ryanair Refuses to Pay Stranded Passengers' Bills

Regulations can go jump in a volcano, says chief

(Newser) - The budget airline boss who first floated the idea of charging passengers for using airplane toilets is balking at paying the food and hotel bills of fliers stranded by volcanic ash. Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary says that he doesn't care if European laws require him to foot the bill for... More »

Need to Dodge Volcanic Ash? Ask an Alaskan

Alaska Airlines knows how avoid volcano chaos

(Newser) - That Icelandic volcano may have taught European airlines a lesson Alaska Airlines learned from Mount St. Helens 30 years ago. After its planes were grounded for days by the eruption in Washington state, the airline developed an effective way to navigate safely around volcanic ash. Its experience suggests that Europe's... More »

Airlines Out $1.7B as Germany Reopens Airspace

Crisis even worse than 9/11 for industry

(Newser) - Air controllers lifted all restrictions on German airspace today, as airlines announced they had lost at least $1.7 billion and criticized government actions during the volcanic ash crisis. The head of the International Air Transport Association called the economic fallout from the six-day travel shutdown "devastating" and urged... More »

European Flights Begin Taking Off Again

Heathrow reopens, but gridlock far from over

(Newser) - London's Heathrow Airport—Europe's busiest—reopened today as air traffic across the continent lurched back to life. But the gridlock created by Iceland's volcanic ash plume was far from over: Officials said it would be weeks before all stranded travelers could be brought home. Passengers wept with relief as flights... More »

Volcano Drives Travelers to Video Conferencing

Europe's web traffic soars

(Newser) - Europe's travel industry sites and video conferencing sites have been flooded with visitors in recent days, thanks to would-be travelers stranded by Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Bloomberg reports. One phone company says it's seen demand for audio and video conferencing jump an unheard of 35%, and overall web traffic is... More »

New Ash Cloud Keeps Airports Closed

Current chaos 'just a rehearsal,' warns Iceland's president

(Newser) - Overjoyed air travelers made good their escapes from many parts of Europe today, but more ash from Iceland kept the British and Irish earthbound. Poland closed several airports it reopened yesterday as a fresh cloud of ash neared its airspace, Reuters reports. London's airports remain closed, and only a few... More »

NATO Jet Suffers Ash Damage

Official: Ash cloud will soon affect military readiness

(Newser) - The skies over Europe are still dangerous for aircraft despite the airlines' successful test flights, according to a senior US official. A NATO F-16 fighter jet that flew through the ash cloud over Europe during a patrol suffered engine damage due to a buildup of molten glass, the official tells... More »

New Ash Cloud Heads Towards UK

Strengthing eruption threatens further travel chaos

(Newser) - The Eyjafjallajokull volcano spewed a fresh cloud of ash into the air yesterday, threatening Europe with more travel chaos even as flights began to resume. "The volcanic eruption in Iceland has strengthened and a new ash cloud is spreading south and east towards the UK," Britain's National Air... More »

Stranded Travelers Turn to Private Jets

Demand for piston-engined aircraft able to enter no-fly zone soars

(Newser) - Private jet firms have found a silver lining in the cloud of ash belching out of that Icelandic volcano as desperate—and wealthy—travelers try to reach their destinations at any cost. Adam Twidell, CEO of jet-hire firm PrivateFly, says that while pilots can't be bribed to breach the no-fly... More »

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