Update on European Air Traffic situation - 12.00 CET

12 November 2010

As of 12.00 CET on 9 May 2010, EUROCONTROL has the following update to make with regard to the situation of air traffic in Europe:

Today EUROCONTROL expects approximately 24,500 flights within the European area which is about 500 below average for a Sunday at this time of year.

Ash eruptions are still substantially affecting European airspace, in particular between the ground and 20,000 feet. Airports in the north and centre of Portugal have been affected, as have airports in north-western Spain. Airports in the Milan area are unavailable due to airspace closures until midday, and Pisa and Florence airports are also closed. During the day, it is expected that the area affected by the ash cloud will shrink and most of the airports that are currently closed are expected to open later. 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 continue to be affected by the ash cloud. Flights are required to make significant rerouting to avoid the area of ash cloud coverage. This is leading to some delays. However significant numbers of cancellations have not occurred.

On Saturday 8 May, there were 22,424 flights within the EUROCONTROL CFMU area, which is about 200 below normal traffic levels.