As many around the world already know, much of the airspace over Europe has been shut down over the last few days due to the eruption of the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano is Iceland, which has left a cloud of ash that remains dangerous for all aircraft. With flights suspended, trains and ferries are fully booked and many peoples’ travel plans have been ruined. The BBC recently reported that Royal Navy ships are being brought in to help return Britons stranded overseas. With flight restrictions extended to at least Tuesday morning (with a high possibility of a further extension), people across the world are being told that there is nothing they can do and asked to just make do where they are until there is further news.
For the expat population, flight disruptions like this can also mean that important occasions also have the potential of being ruined, such as flying home for a friend’s wedding or finally making a long overdue visit to friends and family. There is no doubt that there are many expats in the affected locations who would be biting their nails this week as their respective trips loom ever closer.
Has the eruption affected you? Send in your stories – we’d be interested in hearing from any expats that have had their travel plans affected.