Further “significant” disruption of air traffic over Europe is likely to continue into the weekend according to the European aviation control agency.
Air traffic controllers have been tracking the movement of the plume of volcanic ash from Iceland as it slowy drifts south and eastwards.
Brian Flynn, deputy head of operations at Eurocontrol said: “At the moment we do not have forecasts beyond 0600 tomorrow morning but given the fact that this volcanic ash cloud has been quite stable, moving fairly slowly since it started 48 hours ago, it is reasonable to assume that there will be some significant disruption of European air traffic tomorrow.
“The primary objective of Eurocontrol and of the air navigation service providers and of the airlines is to ensure the safety of the passengers and whereas disruption is major and unprecedented in Europe it is unavoidable given the nature of the current problem.”
There were no commercial flights at all across most of northern Europe on Friday. Air cargo deliveries and leisure travel have been paralysed.
But analysts expect the overall impact on airlilne stocks to be minor as long as the disruption does not continue over a long period.