Update on European Air Traffic situation - 11.00 CET

12 November 2010

EUROCONTROL expects approximately 21,000 flights to take place today in European airspace. On a normal Wednesday, we would expect 28,000.

Thus approximately 75% of the total number of flights are expected to take place in Europe today.

By the end of today, we expect that over 100,000 flights in total will have been cancelled since Thursday 15 April.

The new procedures agreed on Monday 19 April have been in place since Tuesday 20 April at 06.00 UTC.

At the current time, all European airspace is available above 20,000 feet.

Almost all of European airspace below 20,000 feet is available and air traffic services are being provided, although restrictions are still in force in some areas, including southern Sweden and Helsinki (Finland). It is anticipated that these restrictions will gradually be lifted throughout the day.

Two maps are attached: the latest updated map of observed and forecast areas of possible ash contamination and the latest ‘Air Ash Concentration Chart’ describing those areas where no-fly zone proposals have been made to the EUROCONTROL Member States.

The next update will be sent out to the press around 18:30 CET on 21 April.