Volcanic Eruptions Interrupt Air Travel In Europe

It’s been a quiet few days for air travel in Europe as flights have been cancelled, airplanes have been grounded and passengers have been stranded at airports all over the continent. And it’s all a result of ash produced by volcanic eruptions on the island of Iceland that has been dispersed into the atmosphere. These particles of ash can be sucked into jet engines causing damage to the machinery and can also damage windscreens and landing gear. As a result, flights have been cancelled at the majority of European airports since Thursday and the disruptions seem set to continue for a few more days as the Eyjafjallajökull volcano keeps on erupting. However, every cloud has a silver lining as other forms of transport have benefitted from the airlines’ loss. Most people are making alternative plans by taking trains, boats and buses, but John Cleese has had to take a taxi from Oslo to Brussels that apparently cost nearly €4,000. And he still had to get the Eurostar back to London after all that. Here’s a cover of a Simon & Garfunkel tune from Icelandic singer Emiliana Torrini and a song called Volcano by Damien Rice with a little help from Lisa Hannigan

Sound of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel cover) – Emiliana Torrini

Volcano – Damien Rice & Lisa Hannigan


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