Volcanic eruption in Iceland: flights in european airspace are officially considered to be safe

European airports can be opened again

In brief: ICAO has officially considered flights in European airspace to be safe.

ICAO has officially considered flights in European airspace to be safe. The president of ICAO Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez announced that the risks are utmost low. That can be proved with a fact that some of the European countries have already opened their airports and resumed flights.

Yesterday Great Britain, Norway and Poland completely opened their airspace, allowing the flights to be performed on whole territory of these countries.

The air communication in Europe was paralyzed since April 15 because of the volcanic eruption in Iceland. After the cloud of volcanic ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano covered Europe all flights in European airspace have been cancelled. This decision was made because of the volcanic dust that cloud contains – it was considered that this dust is dangerous to airplanes’ engines. According to yesterday forecasts, this cloud is going to disperse by the end of this week due to precipitation and reduction of the atmospheric pressure.

Olga Bespalova
2010-04-21 09:13, Society.

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