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Car Rental News - 19/04/2010


UK controlled airspace remains closed and European flights are severely curtailed.

Air travel over the UK remains suspended for a fifth day as the closure of the UK’s controlled airspace continues until at least 01:00 tomorrow.

Debate over the safety issues surrounding the Icelandic ash cloud continues and the first probing test flights have been made but ongoing safety concerns continue to play havoc with air travel across Europe.

Restrictions on Scottish airspace should be lifted at 7am tomorrow, say authorities.

A spokesman for BAA confirmed that all flights remained suspended today and any decision to restart flights would be taken by the authorities. He cautioned that even when airports reopen, travelers need to confirm the status of flights before heading to airports. In the meantime, BAA reiterated that travelers should not travel to airports at the moment but should check with their airlines.

British Airways and Aer Lingus have cancelled all flights. Ryanair has also suspended flights to and from northern Europe.

Seven European countries have suspended air travel: Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

In addition, 13 countries have partially closed their airspaces. They are Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Ukraine.

Eurostar has added services, in a bid to assist the many travelers stranded across Europe. Ferry companies have also boosted services to serve increased demand, as have national and European coach lines.

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