Europe’s major airports has been shut down lately and about 17,000 filghts has been cancelled due to very thick ashes covering their skies. These are volcanic ashes coming from a volcano in Iceland which has erupted recently.
Major airports which has shut down includes Charles de Gaulle in Paris and London’s Heathrow and national aviation authorities closed airspace across much of Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Poland. Passengers can either re-route their flights or have a full refund.
Some passengers has been resorting to other transportation system which connects countries in Europe. Eurostar, which provides Britain’s only land link with Europe has reported a huge demand of tickets and even demanding that only passengers who were able to reserve a ticket and received confirmation to be allowed to travel can only stay St. Pancras rail terminal in central London.
P&O Ferries also reported huge ticket demands. It operates many of the sea routes between Britain and Europe. They reported in their website that there was no space available on its busiest service between Dover in southern England and Calais in northern France.
Irish Ferries, which operates services between Ireland and the UK, said flight cancellations by carriers including Aer Lingus and Ryanair had a “huge impact” on business and that extra staff were brought in to deal with reservations.