The transport ministers of the European Union member states will hold a teleconference today to discuss whether the flight ban established because of the ash fall due to the current volcanic eruption in Iceland can be lifted.
Although Keflavík International Airport remains open, the Icelandic airlines have also been affected by the flight ban.
Today is the fifth day of the flight ban which has already disrupted the travel plans of 6.8 million people worldwide. “We cannot sit and wait for the ash cloud to dissipate,” said European Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas, according to mbl.is.
Both airport authorities and airlines have criticized the flight ban, which they say cost the airlines alone approximately USD 200 million (EUR 148 million) per day.
The ash cloud currently stretches from the Arctic Circle in the north to the southern coast if France and from Spain in the west far into Russia in the east. Because of it, the airspace in more than 20 European countries is partially or entirely closed.
The effects of the flight ban have been widespread. A motorcycle race that was supposed to take place in Japan yesterday and is part of a world championship in motorcycle racing has been postponed until October 3 because of the flight ban.
FC Barcelona embarked on a more than 1,000 kilometer bus trip to Italy yesterday as a game is scheduled with Milan in the UEFA Champions League this week. Players spent the night near Cannes, France, and are scheduled to reach their destination today.
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