Iceland volcano: flights resume in Europe (photos, video)
Flights have resumed around Europe, after the Iceland volcano crisis, much to the relief of tens of thousands of stranded passengers.
Today in the south of England, evidence that planes are flying again was in the skies above, which became alive with vapor trails as planes in abundance flew overhead.
John Warren in Somerset, England said, “I took the dog down to the cliffs for her daily walk this morning and the sky was absolutely alive with vapor trails. This is a very rural area. There would usually be perhaps one to three such trails and I counted sixteen at one time today.”
While this is good news, the backlog of stranded passengers in airports everywhere could take a week or more to clear, however.
Airlines are also looking to their governments to give them compensation as a result of the Iceland volcano upset, as happened in the US after the 9/11 attacks when air travel was grounded for 3 days, CNN reports.
The airline industry has lost at least $1.7 billion and has now criticized governments for their actions during the Iceland volcanic ash crisis. They say airspace could have been opened sooner. Governments are saying they had to make safety a priority at all costs.
This incidence of planes being grounded has last 6 days and the airline industry was already struggling before the Iceland volcano erupted.
The Iceland volcano ash crisis has made for some spectacular views, but a lot of angry and weary travelers.
Scientists are watching for the second volcano which has not erupted for 90 years and which often erupts in tandem with the first Iceland volcano. If the second one erupts the residents in the area will have only a short time in which to evacuate the area and the damage to air travel could be much worse.
Meantime, last night, the first airplane landed at Heathrow airport in London. It was a British Airways flight from Vancouver. Passengers cheered and clapped as the airplane touched down on the tarmac.
Boat, ferry and train spaces were fully booked as stranded people tried to make their way home. Two warships were sent from the UK to pick up stranded military who had just completed a tour of duty and any additional stranded passengers who were waiting to get back to the UK.
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San Francisco residents should check with their airlines to which flights are leaving San Francisco International Airport. During the volcano ash crisis, at least one San Francisco departing flight had to turn back after it had been 4 hours into its flight. Once flights return to a proper schedule, which could take weeks, deals can be found online at www.kayak.com
See the slide show below for some very happy and emotional passengers who made it home.
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