Update on European Air Traffic situation - 12.00 CET

12 November 2010

As of 12.00 CET on 7 May 2010, EUROCONTROL has the following update to make with regard to the situation of air traffic in Europe:

Today EUROCONTROL expects approximately 30,000 flights within the European area.

While some airports were closed in the West of Ireland overnight, these are now re-opening. The main predicted area where ash concentration could exceed engine manufacturer tolerance levels lies to the west of North-West Europe, between 10 and 30 degrees longitude west.

Renewed and more intensive ash eruptions took place overnight and as a result, the area of potential higher ash contamination is forecast to extend from Iceland as far south as the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula during the day. There are areas of predicted ash up to 35,000 feet while in recent days, maximum altitude had been 20,000 feet. 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 south of the affected area which could cause delays to these flights.

On Thursday 6 May, there were 30,202 flights within the EUROCONTROL CFMU area, in line with normal traffic levels.