It has been confirmed that British flight restrictions are to remain in place until at least 01.00 on Tuesday 20th April.
Airlines and airports:
BAA, which runs Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports, said passengers should not travel to these airports until further notice and should remain in touch with their airlines.
Ryanair has extended the cancellation of all flights from the UK until Wednesday 13.00.
Flybe and Thomson Airways have cancelled all flights for Monday and Tuesday. Thomson said passengers can rebook their holidays without paying the usual administration fee.
British Airways, Aer Lingus and easyJet cancelled all Monday flights.
Monarch cancelled all flights on Monday and sent a rescue flight from Majorca to Madrid on Monday morning to collect passengers who had been stranded there the longest.
Bmi British Midland has cancelled flights taking off from Heathrow on Monday.
KLM, the Dutch airline, says it wants to resume passenger flights in Europe as soon as possible after inspections revealed no damage following test flights.
Ferries and ports:
Ferry companies have increased capacity to cope with a flood of grounded airline passengers scrabbling for alternative methods of getting home. The P&O ferry company says they carried 11,000 foot passengers across the Channel on Friday and Saturday, most of whom were returning to the UK. At this time of year, they normally carry only a few hundred. The Port of Dover in Kent said it is busy but all sailings were running on time, with some space available. DFDS Seaways has added an extra sailing on its Esbjerg in Denmark to Harwich route, sailing daily from Tuesday.
Eurostar has increased capacity after all its trains were fully booked for days by passengers whose flights have been cancelled. Passengers have been urged to book online rather than turn up at rail stations. Eurostar ran an extra 10 trains at the weekend and is planning to run six more than normal on Monday 19th April. Between last Thursday and Sunday, an estimated 50,000 people travelled by Eurostar, up 30 per cent on normal passenger numbers.
Eurolines UK said it added around 100 extra coaches on its services to and from the UK across Europe. Eurolines in France and Germany have also increased the amount of coaches available.
Thomson and First Choice are using coaches and cruise ships to bring back British holidaymakers who are stranded abroad. Customers in Alicante and Malaga will travel via coach to northern France, before catching ferries to Britain and being transported to their respective domestic airports. The operator, which has 40,000 British customers stranded aboard, is also using its cruise ships, Island Escape and Thomson Dream, to bring back passengers. Island Escape, which is currently in Madeira, will bring its passengers home by sea instead of by air. It is also picking up 300 non-cruise passengers from Madeira whose flights have cancelled. Thomson Dream will also be used to ferry passengers from Majorca to Barcelona, where further transport has been organised. Monarch has arranged a flight between Palma and Madrid with coaches waiting in Madrid to take passengers home via Calais.
European flight restrictions:
Air traffic control services are unavailable in most parts of Europe. This includes Belgium, parts of Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, parts of France, most of Germany, Hungary, Ireland, northern Italy, the Netherlands, parts of Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and Britain. You can check for updates on European flight restrictions here or consult our list of countries below.:
Austria: reopened its airspace on Monday morning at 4.00.
Belgium: has extended closure of its airspace until 6.00 on Monday.
Bosnia: partially opened its airspace from 18.00 Sunday.
Bulgaria: partially reopened its airspace from 11.00 on Sunday.
Croatia: nearly all airports, including in the capital Zagreb, reopened on Sunday.
Czech Republic: airspace closed until at least 10.00 on Monday.
Denmark: airspace open for flights above 10,800 metres (35,500 feet). Airspace below this height closed all of Monday.
Estonia: airspace closed until at least 12.00 on Monday.
Finland: airspace over two airports to open for six hours on Monday due to gaps in the ash cloud. Flights to operate from Turku and Tampere between 09.00-15.00. Other airports remain shut.
France: Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse and several other airports in the south-west will remain open until at least 13.00. Airports north of the Nice-Bordeaux line will remain closed until at least Tuesday morning.
Germany: airspace closed until midday on Monday.
Hungary: airspace closed until 10.00 on Monday.
Iceland: airports remain open.
Ireland: airspace closed until at least midday on Monday.
Italy: airspace across northern Italy opened from 5.00 on Monday.
Latvia: airspace above 6,000 metres (19,700 feet) now open for transit flights, but flights to and from Riga airport not expected to resume on Monday.
Lithuania: reopened its airspace at 14.30 on Sunday.
Netherlands: airspace will remain closed until at least 12.00 on Monday.
Norway: Oslo Gardermoen Airport open for some air traffic. Other parts of the country, such as northern Norway, remain closed to traffic.
Poland: airports closed on Monday. Transit flights in airspace permitted, but not landings and take-offs.
Romania: airspace closed until at least 09.00 on Monday.
Russia: airports remain open.
Serbia: airspace reopened from 18.00 on Sunday.
Slovakia: airspace closed.
Slovenia: airspace closed.
Spain: 17 airports open.
Sweden: some airspace is open but few commercial flights are allowed to fly.
Switzerland: extended a ban on commercial flights at its airports until Monday at 18.00. Overflights at altitudes over 36,000 feet (11,000 meters) are allowed.
Turkey: all airports open.
Ukraine: Kiev airport reopened and operating normally.
British consular staff overseas are assisting stranded Britons at airports, working with the local authorities to resolve visa problems and advising British nationals who have run out of funds. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said anyone in Britain who is concerned about someone stranded overseas can call its advice line on 0207 008 0000/0207008 0000. The FCO website is also being updated regularly with information and advice about passengers’ rights and the responsibilities of travel companies. The Government is planning to use the Royal Navy to ferry passengers back to Britain.
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