A powerful volcano eruption shuts down air traffic throughout United Kingdom, Iceland, Ireland and Northern Europe.
The Eyjafjallajokull (pronounced ay-yah-FYAH’-plah-yer-kuh-duhl) glacier and volcano erupted late Wednesday.
United Kingdom’s National Air Traffic Service prohibited flights over England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland 12:00 to 6PM at the earliest.
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) shut down Air space from noon to 8PM. Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland also prohibit flights.
Volcanic ash debris can and affect airline equipment including shut down of engines, ventilation systems; hydraulic,computerized instrumentation systems. The ash can also affect windscreen; electrical systems and aircraft pain.
The FAA has stopped all air travel over Northern Europe until further notice.
Check your airline for their policy on refunds, re-scheduling flights and delays. Also ask about accommodations due to the delays.