Update on European Air Traffic situation - 12.00 CET

12 November 2010

As of 12.00 CET on 8 May 2010, EUROCONTROL has the following update to make with regard to the situation of air traffic in Europe:

Today EUROCONTROL expects approximately 25,000 flights within the European area.

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.

On Friday 7 May, there were 30,342 flights within the EUROCONTROL CFMU area, in line with normal traffic levels.