Around 17,000 flights cancelled in Europe due to the Icelandic volcanic ash

A huge ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano spread out across Europe today (April 16) causing air travel chaos on a scale not seen since the September 11, 2001 attacks and costing airlines hundreds of millions of dollars according to this report from Reuters.

Significant disruption of European air traffic was expected tomorrow because of the dangers posed by volcanic ash drifting from Iceland, aviation officials said. Airports in much of Britain, France and Germany remained closed and flights were set to be grounded in Hungary and parts of Romania.

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