Volcano Travel Delay Information

Update: Thursday, April 22st, 14.42 GMT+1
All major airports in Sweden are operating. This includes Stockholm Arlanda, Bromma, Göteborg Landvetter, and Malmö airports. Please check arlanda.se for flight information to ensure your flight is scheduled to take off or arrive into a Swedish airport.

Update: Wednesday, April 21st, 13.32 GMT+1
Information regarding flights by Ryanair:
(A) Southbound flights from Spain, Southern Italy, Southern France (Marseille), Malta and Morocco continue as normal today.

(B) All flights in Northern Europe (except flights between Ireland and the UK) to operate as scheduled from 05.00hrs Thurs 22nd April.

(C) All flights between Ireland and UK (including domestic routes) will resume normal schedules from 05.00hrs on Fri 23rd April (to allow for extra flights from Ireland to Continental Europe; and from UK to Continental Europe on Thursday 22nd April).

(D) Ryanair expects more delays and cancellations on Thurs/Friday as Europe’s ATC’s and airports struggle to handle the volume of flights.

(E) Revised handling procedures notified to all airports to eliminate a backlog of passengers as soon as normal flight schedules resume.

No other major updates from the other airports. Cathy Pacific announced no new flight reservations can be made until after May 10th.

Update: Wednesday, April 21st, 11.32 GMT+1

Swedish Airports:
Malmö Airport, Ronneby Airport, Ängelholm Helsingborg Airport and Visby Airport are now open for traffic. According to the forecast Gothenburg Landvetter will be able to open for traffic after 2 p.m. According to the same forecast Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and Stockholm-Bromma Airport will probably be able to open for traffic at 4 PM. Karlstad Airport is expected to be closed for takeoffs and landings until further notice. Swedavia airports in the North are also open for traffic – ie Kiruna Airport, Luleå Airport, Umeå City Airport, Örnskoldsvik Airport, Åre Östersund Airport and Sundsvall Härnösand Airport.

Denmark, Britain, Ireland, Scotland, France, and Germany now have flights operating throughout all the airports but are experiencing severe disruptions and delays. Please check with your airline if your flight is leaving.

Belgium, Bulgaria, Belarus, Spain, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine airports are all open but flights may be delayed.

Ryainair is expected to make an announcement regarding its affected flights to certain parts of Europe.

Update: Tuesday, April 20th, 16.40 GMT+1
Stockholm Arlanda, Gothenburg Landvetter, Malmo, Bromma airports are all closed now.


Update: Tuesday, April 20th, 10.30 GMT+1

Gothenburg Landvetter Airport, Malmö Airport, Visby Airport, Ronneby Airport and Ängelholm Helsingborg Airport are closed for air traffic. Stockholm Arlanda Airport has resumed some traffic (mainly from Norway and northern cities), most international flights are still canceled.

Norway’s airports are open but with cancellations to affected European cities.

Airports in Britain are still closed but Scottish airports (Glasgow, Edinburgg, Aberdeen) are open with limited flights.

Airports in Spain are open.

France’s main airports are partially open but with many canceled flights.

Germany’s airports are closed.

Denmark’s Copenhagen Airport is closed but an update is expected at 15hr GMT+1. Thanks to @Shazzer for the information.

For more information check out Flight stats.

Asian passengers, please be aware of significant delays and cancellations with Qantas, Thai Airways, Cathy Pacific, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and possibly others. Most Asian airlines are routing passengers via Rome, Moscow, Madrid in order to still transport stranded passengers.

American airlines are reissuing tickets for free, please check your itinerary or visit the website of your carrier.

I just found that European Union laws are very strict about canceled and delayed flights. You may be entitled to compensation (hotel, food) so please keep your receipts and email the airline as soon as possible to check what possibilities exist.

Update: Monday, April 19th, 9.05 GMT+1
Stockholm’s Arlanda airport is now OPEN for limited operations sometime this morning. Stockholm-Bromma Airport and Gothenburg Landvetter Airport will also open durning the morning time. The ash cloud may deteriorate flying conditions Monday night which can force the airport to close again.

If you need information on arrivals and departures at Arlanda:

http://www.arlanda.se/en/Information–services-to/Traveller-information/ArrivalsDepartures/Domestic-arrivals/

http://www.arlanda.se/en/Information–services-to/Traveller-information/ArrivalsDepartures/International-arrivals/

http://www.arlanda.se/en/Information–services-to/Traveller-information/ArrivalsDepartures/Domestic-departures/

http://www.arlanda.se/en/Information–services-to/Traveller-information/ArrivalsDepartures/International-departures/

For information Göteborg Landvetter Airport, please click here.

Other European cities are expected to open airspace amid heated discussions between airlines and the governments. Norway’s airports are currently in limited operations. Most of the Baltic states’ airports are still closed. France‘s Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport is closed until Tuesday, April 20th 08.00 (Suspension du trafic aérien en Ile-de-France jusqu’à Mardi 20 avril 08h00 au minimum).

Erfurt and Frankfurt Airports are open for some flights. All other German airports are closed.

Airports in Britain, Scotland, and Ireland are closed most of the Monday.


If you need information on a particular airport not listed, please post your comment below.

Check this board for all updates.

Update: Sunday April 18th, 22.39 GMT+1
Most airports are still closed in Europe.

All major airports in France are closed (Paris CDG, Orly, Lyon) while Nice and Marsaille airports are open.

Airports in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona and Son Sant Joan) are currently open and operating flights to countries not affected by the ash cloud.

Ryan Air has canceled flights until Wednesday 13.00GMT. This includes flights to and from: UK, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Poland and the Baltic States until 1300hrs on Wed 21 April. Ryanair flights from Spain, the Canary and Baleric islands, the south of Italy (including Pisa, Rome, Sardinia and Sicily), Malta and North Africa will continue to operate just domestic and southbound routes.

Northern airspace in Sweden is open but all major airports are closed until further notice. I visited Arlanda Airport today and it was devoid of the bustle and chaos associated with airports.

Please click on the links below to go to NYtimes flight board. Some flights may resume tomorrow but it is unclear what will happen.

Sorry, We're Closed because of an Ashcloud

Saturday, April 17th:
Just a really quick update for those traveling to or from Europe and needing information about flights regarding the Eyjafjällajökull volcano eruption.

Airports in most of Europe are closed with the exception of Spain, Keflavik (Iceland), Russia, and Turkey. British airspace is closed until 1AM Sunday local time. Many mainland European cities may open at 2PM local time today. However, that is uncertain.

To check current flight time tables you can use the NYTimes on the Tracking Cancellations From the Ash Cloud.

Swedish airpspace is basically closed until further notice. DN (in swedish) has updating information about the closure and information about other European cities. IceNews has a long list of places to check if you more information.

You can at least see photos of the volcanic eruption on my other post.

I’ll post as I hear information. At this point rail, bus, and rental car service is completely booked. If you don’t have to travel, please do not.

The ash cloud coverage over the Northern Hemisphere:
iceland volcano interactive

11 thoughts on “Volcano Travel Delay Information”

  1. Hey, thanks for this critical info. I passed thru Europe on last Tuesday, there was no problem. When I read your blog and saw the photos, I realized the gravity of the situation. Now my flight is cancelled from SFO, I am stuck in Bay area for 4 days.

  2. wow, I’m really amazed at the seriousness of this. I can imagine so many people who are traveling for work and so forth being put out and possibly getting stuck in places too. It’s really amazing, to have planes down for so long!

  3. wow!!! I cant believe how much ash can a single volcano produce!!! Looks like Spain is lucky though:) One more interesting thing is that the russians managed to land 4 planes today flying from Moscow to Kaliningrad (south-west of Lithuania) – they must be mad!!! Or maybe its just not as dangerous as its suggested? I still think its better to be safe than sorry…

  4. @Juni – It’s very unreal that planes would be grounded for so many days. Hope they can start soon, provided Eyjafjällajökull calms down a bit.

    @Ravi – Hope you get home safely then! Thanks for sharing the USAtoday link

    @Moonlight – That’s hilarious! I did read that Moscow was not as severely affected, still don’t know if I would want to fly though.

    I empathize with the airlines since there is little they can do. Each day mean more financial losses (estimated at 200£ million) and a smaller safety net for an already suffering industry.

  5. :D I just think the russians dont really care that much – business is business for them, even if its a russian roulette business:) I cant help but remember the russian astronaut from the Armagedon, where they couldnt start the engines and he was beating the s**t out of them with a wrench – that line is stuck in my head now – “American technology, Russian technology – all made in Taiwan” :)))

    It is looking better today anyway, at least some flights arent cancelled – hope they will stay that way for all those in need.

  6. Hey, I am lucky to get new reservation in 3 days. My niece is stuck in Chicago since April 15. Now she has reservation on April 27 to got to London.

  7. Thanks for the updating information. My sister is stuck in London waiting to get back to the US from her vacation. I guess she gets a few extra days to enjoy good British weather (is it nice now).

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