European air travellers face a nightmare weekend following the volcanic eruption in Iceland that has turned northern Europe into a no-fly zone.
Travellers spent the night at airports across the continent, anxiously waiting for news of whether the ash cloud from Wednesday’s eruption would scupper their travel plans.
Some 12 countries are affected, including Britain, Belgium, France and Germany and holidaymakers at airports across the continent complained of a lack of information coming from the authorities.
At Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, officials said there would be no flights in and out until 8pm on Friday. Some 20 airports in the north of France would also remain closed until Saturday morning.
Under EU law, passengers would be offered rerouting to their final destination or a full refund.
Eurostar, the only rail link between the UK and France, reported a sharp rise in demand as determined travellers looked to get around the airspace shutdown. Three extra trains were laid on between Paris and London.
Others rented cars and scrambled onto cross-channel ferry services to beat the travel chaos.