Europe’s travel nightmare shows no signs of ending anytime soon with warnings the volcanic ash floating from Iceland could ground flights for days. Air disruption like this has not been seen since the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The cloud, which continues to hover over the continent, has resulted in a near total lockdown at some of Europe’s busiest hubs. In the UK, most flights were cancelled for a second day. At Manchester airport many travellers were left tired and fed up.
“I have been here for days and days, and hours and hours, just waiting and that is all I can do. I am frustrated, irritated, twittered, disgustipated, oh well,” one delayed air passenger said.
One family from Doncaster were praying, against the odds, that they would get to Cuba for a wedding.
“The bride’s mother, the bride’s father, all the bridesmaids, his best man, everybody else is here. The wedding is on Tuesday, so it is really important that we get there, otherwise she will be devastated and so will we,” said a member of the travel party.
With planes down, the havoc caused by the thousands left stranded has placed a huge strain on other forms of transport, notably trains, buses and ferries. All 58 of Eurostar’s cross channel services were full on Friday, carrying more than 46,000 passengers. It is a boon for the firm, but not so pleasant for those trying to get home.
Ferry services have also been full, with thousands of extra bookings across the English Channel and from Britain to Ireland. One London taxi firm also said it had taken request for trips to Paris, Milan, Zurich and Salzburg in Austria.