Chaos 'rivals' 9/11 shutdown

2010-04-17 20:01
Two women check the departure information in Sky City at Arlanda airport in Stockholm, Sweden as all air traffic in Sweden is halted. (AP)

Two women check the departure information in Sky City at Arlanda airport in Stockholm, Sweden as all air traffic in Sweden is halted. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - The air traffic paralysis across Europe due to volcanic ash "rivals the massive shutdown" of air travel after the September 11, 2001 attacks, an International Air Transport Association official said Saturday.

"Right now through most of Europe we do not see many flights moving at all," noted Steve Lott, an IATA spokesperson in Washington.

"It certainly rivals the massive shutdown that we saw after 9/11," he told AFP.

After the al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington in 2001, US airspace was closed for three days, forcing European airlines to suspend all transatlantic flights.

"Now we are on day three of this massive shutdown," said Lott of the travel chaos, adding that "we don't see the light at the end of the tunnel yet" as the vast ash cloud continues to blow across much of Europe from the Icelandic volcano.

Some 17 000 flights in European airspace on Saturday have been cancelled, said Eurocontrol, which coordinates air traffic control in 38 nations. It has described the situation as "unprecedented."

IATA, which represents 230 airlines operating 93% of international trade traffic, estimates the shutdown's cost for the industry amounts to about $200m each day.

Read more on:    iata  |  iceland volcano  |  air travel
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Love is in the air and it is swirling around you in a romantic mist. This may be an idealistic yearning for that perfect love or...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.