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Airspace closed by ash cloud


Here is a list of countries as of 0830 GMT on Wednesday and their airspace status:

  • AUSTRIA – Airspace open as of 0300 GMT Monday.
  • BELGIUM – Belgium has begun allowing planes to land and intends to allow some flights to depart from 1200 GMT.
  • BOSNIA – Airports open (see Serbia entry).
  • BRITAIN – Britain reopened its airspace on Tuesday night. British Airways say it will operate all its long-haul flights departing from Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Wednesday, but there would be short-haul cancellations to and from London airports until 1200 GMT.
  • BULGARIA – All airspace and airports open.
  • CZECH REPUBLIC – Airspace and airports open as of 1000 GMT on Monday. Situation to be re-assessed at 1000 GMT on Wednesday.
  • DENMARK – Denmark will reopen all its airspace at 0900 GMT
  • ESTONIA – Airspace open until at least 0000 GMT Wednesday.
  • FINLAND – Finland’s airspace is open and most airports would operate from 0900 GMT.
  • FRANCE – Air traffic is recovering, with Air France-KLM resuming all of its long-haul flights and around two-thirds of its mid-haul flights.
  • GERMANY – German air traffic control body DFS expects German airspace to be opened within the next two hours. Airports in the cities of Hamburg, Berlin, Bremen, and Hanover were open at the moment, but all others, including the main traffic hub in Frankfurt, remained closed. No fixed time had been set for the full opening of German airspace.
  • HUNGARY – Hungarian airspace is fully open, the air traffic authority said around 0800 GMT on Tuesday.
  • REPUBLIC OF IRELAND – Airspace reopened.
  • ITALY – Airspace has completely reopened.
  • LATVIA – Airspace open.
  • LITHUANIA – Airspace to remain open until at least 1800 GMT, when a new decision will taken.
  • LUXEMBOURG – Luxembourg Airport reopened at 0800 GMT, with flights due to start at 0900 GMT.
  • MOLDOVA – Moldova, which lies between Ukraine and Romania, resumed international flights from 0730 GMT.
  • MONTENEGRO – Airports open (see Serbia entry).
  • NETHERLANDS – Passenger flights began on Monday. Night flights resumed on Tuesday.
  • NORWAY – All of Norway’s airspace, including over offshore oil installations, is open until 1200 GMT. Airport authority Avinor anticipates that the airspace will remain open until tonight.
  • POLAND – Poland was reopening its airspace from 0500 GMT.
  • ROMANIA – Airspace fully reopened.
  • RUSSIA – All airports open. Aeroflot is flying to the United States via the North Pole.
  • SERBIA – Air traffic control said on Wednesday that most of the air space in its area of responsibility (Serbia, Montenegro, parts of Bosnia and Southern Adriatic) is again affected by the volcanic ash cloud. It will be deciding every six hours whether to close airspace partially or completely.
  • SLOVAKIA – Airspace and airports open as of 1240 GMT on Monday. Situation to be re-assessed at midnight GMT on Wednesday.
  • SLOVENIA – Slovenian airspace was opened at 1000 GMT on Tuesday. It had been partly closed since 0200 GMT Tuesday.
  • SPAIN – 17 airports open.
  • SWEDEN – Stockholm Arlanda airport will reopen at 1400 GMT. Aviation authority say bans on flying through most of Swedish airspace would be gradually lifted throughout the day.
  • SWITZERLAND – Geneva and Zurich airports reopened on Tuesday morning though some flights were cancelled at both.
  • TURKEY – All airports open. Planes flying out of the Black Sea cities of Samsun, Sinop and Zonguldak have been advised not to fly higher than 6,000 metres.
  • UKRAINE – Major airline MAU say it plans to conduct all regular flights, including flights to Europe.


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