Kenya Airways grounds 5 flights over volcanic ash

April 16, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 16 – Kenya Airways has now extended its cancellation of flights to Europe following the closure of major airports in London, Amsterdam and Paris.

KQ Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni said on Friday that they were grounding flights 116, and 114/115 to Amsterdam and Paris respectively due to closure of Schipol International Airport and Charles De Gaulle Airport.

“These cancellations have a total of 1,155 passengers affected,” he said.

The Airline has now cancelled a total of five flights to Europe since Thursday due to the clouds of volcanic ash affecting the European airspace leading to closure of airports across Europe on safety grounds.

The National Air Traffic Service in London has further advised that English airspace remains closed, and that all flights to and from Heathrow would remain suspended until 0100hrs on Saturday at the earliest. 

Authorities in The Netherlands have closed Dutch airspace until Saturday 0400 GMT.

Mr Naikuni said KQ staff in London, Paris and Amsterdam were contacting all booked passengers with this information in order to minimise the inconvenience caused.

Experts have warned the fallout from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland, which covered the skies of northern Europe Thursday, could take several days to clear.

The volcanic ash cloud, which now extends from the Atlantic to the Russian capital and from the Arctic Circle to Austria, has forced thousands of flight cancellations to Europe.

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