European travellers must be getting frustrated with 2010, after being left stranded once again. With memories of the snow disruption only just fading, the volcano in Iceland is the latest obstacle to people trying to get away, or make their way home.
With airspace closed over many countries, chaos ensued at a number of airports. At Schipol airport in Amsterdam, this passenger was caught up in the confusion: “When we arrived here, they just gave out vouchers for 10 euros – what can you buy for 10 euros? We asked for help to try to find a hotel, everyone’s busy, everyone’s in the same situation. What do you do?”
It is the world’s second busiest airport, but with all flights grounded at London’s Heathrow, thousands of passengers were going nowhere, like this lady: “Basically we’ve been told all flights are cancelled and there’s nobody really to tell you what to do, you know, where to go, so it’s really, really bewildering”.
At Charles de Gaulle in Paris, a stranded man was rather philosophical about the inconvenience: “We can’t do anything about things that happen in the earth or in the sky! We’re only human.”
It is believed as many as 5,000 flights were disrupted on Thursday affecting tens of thousands of people worldwide. Restrictions won’t be lifted before at least Friday afternoon.