Volcanic Fury Suspends Air Travel: Europe Back to 19th C?

London, UK - 16th April 2010, 05:50 GMT

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-- Update 10 --

. Iceland's second volcanic eruption causes unprecedented disruption more than 1,000km from the event

. First time in aviation history that all aircraft have been grounded across North Europe

. Iceland's volcanic ash halts flights in UK, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Holland, France, Germany and Spain

. All British and many North European airports are now closed and will not reopen until late evening on April 16th

. Hundreds of thousands of people are stranded across Europe after "unprecedented" lockdown

. Icelandic volcano STILL erupting -- airports' closure could go on for days

. Families returning to Northern Europe after Easter break face travel chaos

. Impact on North European travellers "worse than 9/11"

. Inter-continental rail tickets sold out as demand from airline passengers soars

. Scientists risk lives to take samples from the volcanic smoke

. UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) grounds all flights -- Royal Air Force (RAF), Army and Navy

Volcanic Fury Suspends Air Travel: Europe Back to 19th C?

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