Volcanic ash from the Icelandic volcano stopped US troops

May 15, 2010

Volcanic ash clouds from the Icelandic volcano have stopped US troops en
route to Iraq and Afghanistan passing through Shannon Airport.
Air Omni is now diverting all flights to Oslo.
About 20,000 troops were going through Shannon each month this year.
And More than 1.5 million US troops have gone through Shannon over the past decade.
The decision diverting all flights to Oslo is having a major impact on the economy
The consequences of the ash cloud on Irish airports is clear.

Air traffic at Dublin was down 26.8 %, Cork was down 25.3 % while Shannon recorded a massive 57.1 % drop.

A catering firm, EFG, laid off 30 of its 75 staff. They said “It is a significant part of our business “The airline has told us that they will be coming back. We just don’t know when at this time.”

However, protesters hoped it would become long term. Dr. Ed Horgan stated he hoped the move would “become permanent as soon as possible.”

AND Close to 15 airports in Spain have been shut down because of the dangerous plume, and the cloud has now ruined many Irish holiday makers’ plans for a sunshine break.

Aer Lingus and Ryanair have decided to cancel flights to holiday destinations on the Spanish mainland, Canary Islands and spots in Portugal, as well as service to Spanish and Portuguese cities.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is keeping close tabs on the cloud, but Irish airspace is expected to remain open until midnight at the very least.

However, the IAA says that Irish airspace could be adversely impacted by the ash cloud again next week.

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