Update on European Air Traffic situation - 11.00 CET
EUROCONTROL expects 14,000 flights to take place today in European airspace, representing half of scheduled air traffic. On a normal Tuesday, we would expect between 27,000 and 28,000.
By the end of today, we expect that more than 95,000 flights in total will have been cancelled since Thursday 15 April.
The new procedures agreed yesterday have been in place since 06.00UTC. At the current time, air traffic control services are not being provided to civil aircraft, or are being provided with significant restrictions, in the lower airspace primarily in north-western Europe, including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, north France, north Italy, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia and UK. In the upper airspace above 20,000 feet, all European airspace is available.
50% of the total number of flights are expected to take place today in Europe, representing 75% of the total continent area. This area includes: Austria, the Balkan area, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, parts of Italy and France, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Romania, northern Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
Above you can find the links to the latest updated map of observed and forecast areas of possible ash contamination and the ‘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 20.00 CET on 20 April 2010.