Volcano causes travel chaos
LONDON: Airlines have appealed to passengers to give up their seats to stranded travellers, as carriers in Europe attempt to clear a backlog of thousands of tourists grounded by the ash cloud that spewed from Iceland's volcano.
Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson says the Europe-wide ban on flights prompted by the volcanic ash cloud was unnecessary, and has called for compensation for the industry.
The first Qantas flight from London since the Iceland volcanic ash crisis has touched down in Sydney, as the airline announced today it will schedule extra services between Australia and Europe.
Katherine Haddon, London As Europe's airspace reopens and weary passengers board long-delayed flights home, airline executives press for government compensation to cover industry's losses.
Andrew Heasley and Paola Totaro, London As flights from Europe began to trickle into Melbourne Airport bringing home stranded, frazzled passengers, the red tailfin of Qantas isn't among them.
Paul Tatnell Desperate passengers are willing to pay private airline companies up to $450,000 to charter a jet from Sydney to London.
Glenda Kwek An English couple is struggling to make ends meet after their Qantas flight was cancelled and their working holiday visas expired.
Glenda Kwek Sydney doctor Gabrielle Howard finally got home this morning after an extraordinary volcano-driven six-day odyssey with her daughter.
Georgina Robinson The first of thousands of weary Australians finally came home this morning after a massive volcanic ash cloud shutdown European airspace for five days.
Megan Levy Travellers began trickling into Melbourne Airport early this morning with horror tales of being stranded in airports across the globe in the wake of the volcanic eruption in Iceland.
The first Qantas flight to depart Heathrow has taken off after nearly 12 hours of delays, but passengers flying other airlines from the UK have already landed in Australia after a volcanic eruption in Iceland caused days of disruption.
Paola Totaro IN LONDON EUROPEAN skies have been reopened and passengers have started to arrive at London airports after the unprecedented six-day airspace lockdown sparked by a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland.
Paola Totaro and Andrew Heasley European skies have been reopened and passengers have started to arrive at London airports after the unprecedented six-day lockdown brought on by a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland.
Dan Milmo, Madrid European airline pilots warn governments and safety regulators against making rash decisions to allow planes to fly through volcanic ash clouds.
Glenda Kwek It was like taking part in reality TV show The Amazing Race.
Paul Tatnell Qantas is set to resume services to Europe later tonight but warned stranded passengers it could take up to three weeks to get a flight.
Megan Levy Three Melbourne men forked out nearly $4000 for a taxi ride from France to Spain after their flight home was cancelled due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland.
Glenda Kwek Victoria Moussa left Australia for the UK on her first overseas trip last week - but she's been stranded every since with other Aussie backpackers in Seoul airport in South Korea.
Glenda Kwek Qantas has announced it is cancelling more Europe-bound flights, as a new ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano eruption spread towards Britain, despite the partial reopening of airspace.
Hundreds of New Zealanders have offered accommodation to tourists stranded by the European aviation chaos through an internet group set up by tourism officials.
The eruption of a volcano in Iceland strengthened yesterday, sending a new ash cloud towards Britain, the country’s air authorities said.
Ben Doherty, Bangkok Europeans stuck in Asian airports are being told it could be two weeks before they can fly home.
European governments opened up the continent's airspace to new flights from Tuesday giving hope to hundreds of thousands of passengers around the world trapped by a cloud of volcanic ash crippling airlines.
Andrew Heasley Qantas passengers hoping to travel to Europe via Asia won't be permitted to check in for the outbound flights from Australia.
Rachel Olding and Ben Doherty ABOUT 20,000 Australians, whose travel plans have been thrown into chaos by the Iceland volcanic eruption, face confusion over their travel insurance.
Conal Hanna Help! I'm stranded! In Paris! For days! Can you imagine the horror?
Georgina Robinson Further flight cancellations are keeping the travel plans of tens of thousands Australians in limbo even as overseas airlines challenge European no-fly zones.
Megan Levy Bride-to-be Jodie Hughes never imagined her plans for an intimate wedding in the Dandenongs would be dashed by a volcanic eruption in Iceland.
With its geothermal assets put in the spotlight by the volcano ash that has grounded much of Europe's air traffic, Iceland on Saturday urged visitors stranded there to take a free dip in its thermal pools.
Karl Quinn Australian travel plans are in chaos, flights to some Anzac Day ceremonies have been cancelled, and seafood is rotting on airport tarmacs as the world remains crippled five days after Iceland's volcanic eruption.
Volcanic lightning flashes in Iceland, the G-G is stranded, and an oyster farmer's dream goes up in smoke
Melissa Singer and Kate Benson AUSTRALIAN travel plans are in chaos, flights to some Anzac Day ceremonies have been cancelled and seafood is rotting on airport tarmacs as the world remains crippled five days after the volcanic eruption in Iceland.
Travellers' Check Insurers will use 'act of God' as a get-out clause.
Melissa Singer CONSUMER AFFAIRS AIRLINES are relying on many of the passengers affected by the Iceland volcanic eruption to defer their travel to help clear a backlog of flights that could last months.
Sebastian Smith A VOLCANIC ash cloud tightened its grip on Europe's skies yesterday, but amid a fourth day of travel misery for millions of passengers airlines pressed for a quick end to the chaos inflicting huge new losses.
Stephen Ottley Stability control not a problem as Toyota’s dual-cab ute tames Iceland’s most talked about landmark.
Airlines urged a re-think of flight restrictions as a volcanic ash cloud made Europe a virtual no-fly zone for a fourth straight day with nearly seven million passengers affected.
The volcanic ash hanging over Europe has mushroomed into a dark $US1.5 billion ($A1.61 billion) cloud with no hope of a silver lining, analysts warned.
Philip Sherwell AT THE VOLCANO THE power and wrath of Eyjafjallajokull has come into dramatic clarity in the past few days as the clouds parted for the first time since the glacier-topped volcano threw world air travel into turmoil.
The tsunami of 2004 and the recent severe earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and China have reminded us of nature's unpredictable power. We felt concern, but the events happened far away, to other people mainly beyond our sphere of direct involvement.
A British-Australian couple's wedding guests have watched them take their vows over the internet after the volcanic ash cloud disrupting European flights left them stranded in Dubai.
An unprecedented cancellation of all Europe-bound flights from Australia has been extended two more days as ash from an Icelandic volcano continues to play havoc with air travel.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY and MATTHEW BENNS TRAVELLERS to Europe are being told to expect delays of up to 10 days as the thick plume of volcanic ash from Iceland closes airports and creates air traffic chaos.
AS THE thick drifts of ash blanketed Iceland, a vast, invisible plume of grit drifted over Europe, emptying the skies of planes and sending hundreds of thousands in search of hotel rooms, train tickets or rental cars.
REYKJAVIK HEALTH authorities have warned that the fallout of volcanic ash over parts of Iceland could jeopardise the safety of its drinking water.
Almost two-thirds of Europe's flights were cancelled on Friday, as air space remained largely closed in Britain and across large chunks of north and central Europe.
Ari Sharp THOUSANDS of Australians whose travel plans have been disrupted are likely to wait at least another day for skies over Europe to clear after the eruption of the volcano in Iceland.
Kate Ravilious Every so often the Earth chooses to remind us that we really aren't in control of this planet.
Andrew Forbes LARGE parts of northern Europe have been turned into a no-fly zone after ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland grounded thousands of flights.
Paul Tatnell Hundreds of Australian travellers have been caught up in the chaos caused by the mass grounding of aircraft across Europe after the spread of ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland.
Travellers caught up in mass grounding as volcanic ash drifts over Europe.
European airports send thousands of planes into the sky with airlines putting on more flights and bigger planes.
The volcano grounds their flights, but an Australian family ensures their daughter meets her favourite singer.
Scenes of joy and relief at Sydney Airport as the first stranded passengers arrive home.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says people already booked on tomorrow's flights will be first on.
European airports make tentative steps towards resuming flights but much airspace remains closed.
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German airlines conduct test flights amid volcanic ash, reporting no damage to engines or aircraft.
New tremors have hit Iceland, but the massive plume that has disrupted air traffic across Europe is no longer visible on radars, meteorologists say.
Icelandic scientists warn that volcanic activity has increased and show no sign of abating.