Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

Cash crisis brews in Zimbabwe

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Hollande, the lucky president

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

South African demonstrators set 17 schools ablaze in Limpopo

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Photo of woman standing up to Neo-Nazis goes viral

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Polls show Sanders would beat Trump by 'at least 14%'

Read more

THE DEBATE

UK local elections: Sadiq Khan, Zac Goldsmith face off in battle for London (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

UK local elections: Sadiq Khan, Zac Goldsmith face off in battle for London (part 2)

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Interview: Helen Clark, UN Secretary-General candidate

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Trade trouble: Will TTIP agreement see the light of day?

Read more

Europe

Paris airports close as volcanic ash clouds northern Europe

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2010-04-15

The French capital's main airports are due to shut Thursday evening as a huge cloud of ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland sweeps across northern Europe, grounding flights throughout the continent.

France’s civil aviation agency decided to close Paris's two main airports and 23 others in France on Thursday as a cloud of volcanic ash swept over Europe from Iceland, aviation officials said.

Charles de Gaulle and Orly, the capital's two main airports, were due to shut by 11pm (GMT+2) at the latest, while other airports in the north of the country started shutting at 3pm (GMT+2), the DGAC aviation authority said. The ash cloud was expected to reach French airspace by midnight.

FRANCE 24 correspondent Christophe Robeet reporting from Charles de Gaulle airport called the move “a pretty drastic decision”, predicting that “airspace in France will be closed for a while now”.

Airports stretching from Brittany in the north-west to the eastern border with Germany were being shut down as a "security measure," the DGAC said, adding that prospective passengers should contact their airlines.

Air France said it had cancelled 100 of its 1,700 daily flights. According to Robeet, the company was working to provide accommodation and reserve flights for passengers stranded at the airport, many of whom had started to leave after giving up hope that flight departures would resume shortly.

French authorities had earlier cancelled flights to Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia, and Moscow after the ash from Iceland blew eastwards across the North Atlantic, closing major airports more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres) away from the volcano site in the south-east of the country.

Date created : 2010-04-15

  • AVIATION

    Lessons from a flight through ash clouds

    Read more

  • AVIATION

    Analysis: why ash is a threat to planes

    Read more

COMMENT(S)