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Icelandic Volcano Causes European Flight Cancellations

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by allezfred, Apr 15, 2010.


    SHARPIE In through the out door... Staff Member


    #I can fly clearly now... the ash has gone....#

    :D Safe Travels Nancy and I hope you dont keep hating the UK :p
  2. victorskid

    victorskid Skating supporter

    The first Air Canada flight out of Paris accommodated all the standbys and still left with 20 empty seats. Apparently folks didn't bother going to the airport as they didn't think it would really go! In fact, those aboard weren't sure until the last minute if they were really going to fly...
  3. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    Well, we decided to postpone until September. We were fairly sure the Newark/Frankfurt flight would go, but the Frankfurt/Venice flight was questionable. There were 5 flights scheduled from Frankfurt to Venice today, only one went out. It was not the same flight that we would take on Friday. We checked on the Venice flights and many of them only had 30-40 people on a 180 seat flight. We figured that at least 3 of them would be cancelled and we didn't want to spend a day or more in Frankfurt. And, we also figured that this was a vacation that we could change with little inconvenience, there are lots of people stranded, we opened up 2 seats for them. Once we got over the initial disappointment and frustration, we opted for the smart thing - wait and go after the chaos is straightened out.
  4. Finnice

    Finnice Well-Known Member

    Good luck! Safe trip home!
  5. NancyNC

    NancyNC Well-Known Member

    Earlier when things were looking dim my husband sang "Take the train to Spain and get thee on a plane. Got it? I think she's got it!" :lol:

    I'm sitting in the Admiral's Club at Heathrow and can now see our plane! :cheer2: And I'm already getting a bit misty-eyed at the thought of leaving dear old Blighty. ;)
  6. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    That'll probably be the residual volcanic ash in the air. ;)

    Have a safe flight! :cheer2:
  7. PRlady

    PRlady flipflack

    We'll sing the Star-Spangled Banner for you under our breaths to welcome you back.

    The husband of a close friend of mine has been stuck in Prague all week trying to get home to Toronto. He emailed me he needs a blonde, a piano player and some Nazis to feel like Rick in Casablanca. At least he has a sense of humor about it.
  8. Jackie Sparrow

    Jackie Sparrow Well-Known Member


    Swiss airports have been reopened two days ago and most schedule flights are going out.
  9. Andrey aka Pushkin

    Andrey aka Pushkin Brezina's Nemesis

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  10. Nan

    Nan Just me, retired

  11. NancyNC

    NancyNC Well-Known Member

    I'M HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cheer2::40beers::cheer:
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  12. Nan

    Nan Just me, retired

    YIPPEE!!! Welcome back!! :40beers:
  13. Finnice

    Finnice Well-Known Member

    Enjoy, NancyNC!
  14. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    YAAAAY! :cheer2:

    It must feel soooo gooood. :lol:
  15. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    That is great news NancyNC. So happy to hear you are home and safe. Bet you are looking forward to a full night's sleep in your own bed! :)
  16. mila19

    mila19 New Member

    Well at least this one has a spellable name compared to Eyjafjalla$%$
    Proper spelling is very important when cursing:D
  17. HisWeirness

    HisWeirness pork cutlet bowl fatale

    Welcome back to NC. :40beers: :summer:
  18. VALuvsMKwan

    VALuvsMKwan Wandering Goy

    Saw the video clip of your arrival posted on Facebook.

    After your being across the pond for so long, I was sure that you'd be wearing Juicy Couture, huge sunglasses and a headband. :navkos1:
  19. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    I was a bit :lol: to see photos of the first arrivals back in the States being given American flags by volunteers. You'd swear that they'd come back from a war or the Olympics. :lol:
  20. NancyNC

    NancyNC Well-Known Member

    Well, Juicy Couture was one of the fashions in the Victoria and Albert Museum fashion exhibit...:scream:
  21. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

  22. Lanie

    Lanie Well-Known Member


    Love it.
  23. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

    You didn't go see the exhibit about the fashions that Grace Kelly wore. No. You saw the one about Juicy Couture? Hmm... ;)
  24. NancyNC

    NancyNC Well-Known Member

    Eeek no - the main fashion exhibit had a Juicy Couture outfit, I didn't see an entire exhibit on it! :scream: :lol: Unfortunately the Grace Kelly exhibit was sold out for the day (one of the pay exhibits there). We could see a few of the outfits from the entrance though, and they were stunning. :swoon:
  25. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member


    I just got home from the airport where I picked up my coworker who was stuck in Paris for a week. She too is very happy to be back home!!!!!
  26. Finnice

    Finnice Well-Known Member

    My editor was stuck in London (he was the only Finn who made it to the London book fair), two friends in Milan because of the furniture and desing fair, one traveled by bus and boat from Kap Verde to Finland - but I think they did not get any Finnish flags at the Helsinki harbour:drama::rofl:
  27. softlip

    softlip Active Member

    Maybe it was already mentioned upthread: Stranded Britons attack British Airways after hike in seat prices

    £4,700 = 5,400 Euro = $7,200

    :lynch: BA
  28. Kruss

    Kruss Not Auto-Tuned

    Well, I made it to Italy with little disruption. When we got to O'Hare to fly out on the 19th, we were told we'd only be checked though to Rome but that Torino was closed so they wouldn't check baggage any further than Rome. We were advised to call ahead and book a car in Rome to drive to Torino, and were told that the wait for train tickets was averaging 7 hours.

    We tried arranging a car but that didn't work, so we decided to just get to Rome and see what happened. Our flight was 2 hours delayed in leaving because the flight from Rome was 2 hours later due to an alternate path to avoid ash (the 10 hour flight had become 12 hours!). When we got to Rome, we discovered Torino was open and that Alitalia had already booked us on the next flight out, so overall we got to Torino only about 2 hours later than was initially planned.


    Flights back were normal of course. I think the only residual thing that I experienced from the ash was that I couldn't see the mountains from the ground. Small price to pay.
  29. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    Glad your trip turned out so well. We decided to postpone, since we had to fly through Frankfurt and the Frankfurt/Venice flights were not flying the day before we were scheduled to leave. They did fly our scheduled flights, the next day, though. We were just concerned that we would have hotel costs that we would not be able to get back if we got stuck in Frankfurt. Also, we didn't want to be two of the thousands there stranded.

    So, I did not get to wave to you :(:).

    We're going in September. It was initially disappointing, but now we still have the whole trip ahead of us :).
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  30. Kruss

    Kruss Not Auto-Tuned

    I'm so sorry you had to postpone, but so glad you're still going! My cousin told my dad next time we should fly through Frankfurt and all I could think is how glad I am we didn't this time.

    Have a wonderful time in September! :)