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18 April 2010 / 16:04:54  GRReporter
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Greeks can relax. Successive envoys who had to visit the country in order to try to reform its economy will arrive on Monday. No other reason but ... volcanic dust cloud from Iceland, which since Wednesday creates problems to the air transportation of the Old Continent.

The saga of passengers at airports in Western countries but also in Greece continued. Today at the Athens airport "Eleftherios Venizlos" 147 flights were canceled and 26 flights of the Thessaloniki Airport “Macedonia” also did not take place.

Thousands of passengers who want to go to destinations in North and Central Europe, remain waiting in the Greek airports, since the airspace over dozens of European countries remains closed.

Currently there is no threat for the volcanic ash to reach Greece, however it is just next door – the airspace over Bulgaria was announced this morning to be closing, but later it partially opened its air space for transit flights at an altitude of 8 000 m announced Reuters .

Office for Civil Aviation is in constant contact with meteorologists and European air flights control service Eurocontrol. The ash cloud caused an unseen until now blocking of the air transportation across Europe. For the fourth day the aircraft can not fly because of the risk of damage to their engines and millions of passengers are crowded at airports for an unknown period of time.

Today, Sunday, only 4000 flights will be carried out in European airspace out of the usual 24 000. According to meteorologists, if you follow the direction of the winds, the cloud will not move at least until midweek. AccuWeather forecasts are that the cloud will become thicker on Tuesday and Wednesday, but it will concentrate on a smaller area.

So far, Netherlands, Germany and Italy took test flights without passengers on aircraft without having any problems or failures, which gives hope for the normalization of the situation.

Tags: News Volcano Flights
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