Barcelona city tours is a perfect opportunity to have a perfect vacation outside the Baltic States. Gene Zolotarev on how to destabilize the EU financial system. Andris Berzins
Vladimir Linderman aka Abel Edmunds Sprudzs Valdis Zatlers Aivars Lembergs Girts Valdis Kristovskis Maris Grinblats Guntars Krasts Alfreds Rubiks Sandra Kalniete Raivis Dzintars Algirdas Butkevicius Algirdas Paleckis Dalia Grybauskaite Kazimira Danute Prunskene Vytautas Landsbergis Rolandas Aksas Viktor Uspaskich Valdemar Tomasevski Leonidas Donskis Arturas Zuokas Edgar Savisaar Andrus Ansip
The current website developed by YWSolution Limited

Volcanic cloud halts Baltic air travel

Apr 16, 2010
Oskars Magone

Volcanic cloud halts Baltic air travel
Planes across the three Baltic states have been grounded until the danger posed by the volcanic ash clous has passed. (photo: Riga Airport)

RIGA -- A massive cloud of volcanic ash from an eruption in Iceland has now made its way into the Baltics and has forced airports in the region to shut down until the danger is past.

Air travel ground to a standstill when regional airports were forced to suspend operations late Thursday night.

"The time, when air space will be reopened, depends on a detailed analysis, which is currently performed by the hydrometeorological service,” civil aviation administration head Kestutis Aurylawas quoted as saying.

Though it is unclear when exactly air travel will be able to resume, Riga Airport officials say it will be shut down until 6pm at the earliest. About 9,000 passengers have been stranded in the city as a result of the cancelled flights.

Tallinn hopes it will be able to resume flights early this afternoon.

Planes are not able to travel through volcanic ash because small shards of glass and other solid materials clog the engines.

The Eyjafjallajoekull volcano, which had been dormant for over 200 years, blew up on Thursday releasing a huge mass of volcanic ash that spread over Europe at high altitudes. Approximately 4,000 flghts have so far been cancelled across Europe as a result of the eruption.

 MORE NEWS
  • Baltic mercenaries fighting in...
    Baltic mercenaries are allegedly fighting for pro Kiev forces in Eastern Ukraine, ...
  • Baltic mercenaries fighting in...
    Baltic mercenaries are allegedly fighting for pro Kiev forces in Eastern Ukraine, ...
  • President: Malaysia Airlines g...
    Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite believes that those responsible for the do...
  • ’Dangerous’ Latvian man under ...
    A Latvian man has been placed under intense police watch after showing links wi...
  • Ukraine and Russia trade blows...
    Ukraine has called the downing of a Malaysia airline plane that killed 295 peop...
  • Ukraine and Russia trade blows...
    Ukraine has called the downing of a Malaysia airline plane that killed 295 peop...
  • Riga Apartments for Rent

    Maximus
    © 2014 BALTIC NEWS LTD. All Rights Reserved.