IATA: Disruption costing airlines $200M per day

IATA estimates that the ash cloud disrupting European aviation since Thursday is costing the the airline industry $200 million per day in lost revenue.

In addition to lost revenue, airlines are incurring added costs for stranded aircrft, rerouting aircraft and accommodating stranded passengers, IATA said. 

IATA has set up its crisis center in Montreal, and said it is closely coordinating with Eurocontrol and European air navigation service providers.

On Friday, spewed ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland continued to wreak havoc with aviation in Europe.

Air traffic control agency Eurocontrol said it expected about 12,000 flights to fly through European airspace on Friday. On a normal day, 28,000 would fly. Yesterday, there were 20,334 flights, Eurocontrol said.

On Friday, airspace was closed to civilian aircraft in the U.K. (except Scotland), Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, the north of France (including all Paris airports), northern parts of Germany, parts of Poland (including Warsaw) and the Czech Republic.

Parts of the airspace in Ireland and Sweden have opened, Eurocontrol said.

Approximately 600 transatlantic flights take place each day, 300 in each direction. Between 100 and 120 arrived in Europe on Friday morning, Eurocontrol said.

Forecasts suggest that the cloud of volcanic ash is continuing to move east and southeast, and that the impact will continue for at least the next 24 hours, Eurocontrol said Friday.

U.K. airspace will remain closed until 7 a.m. local time on Saturday morning, British Airways said on its website. The airline said all of its flights departing to and from the U.K. are canceled until at least 10 a.m. local time on Saturday morning.

On its website Friday, Lufthansa said all German airports were closed until further notice. (Munich Airport was expected to close at 6 p.m. UTC, Lufthansa said.)

Passengers traveling within Germany can switch to a journey by rail with Deutsche Bahn. They must exchange their electronic ticket for a travel voucher at a Lufthansa check-in machine at the airport, said the airline.

Flight operations are at a standstill in Amsterdam. Schiphol Airport's message on its website Friday morning said, "There will be no flights from and to Schiphol during the upcoming hours. Unfortunately at this stage, no indication as to when flight operations will be restarted can be given."

Flights departing from Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in paris are canceled at least until Saturday at 8 a.m. local time, said Air France.

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