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Volcano Affects Canadian Flights

April 18, 2010 — Check with your airline before leaving for the airport if you're planning to go to Europe. You might not be going anywhere. Click on the video to the left to hear why.

If you're eager to start your European vacations, you'll have to put your plans on hold. A plume of volcanic ash continues to cloud European airspace, causing travel chaos all over the world.

On Saturday, flights to and from northern Europe were listed cancelled all over Canadian airports and today -- much of the same thing. Air Canada has cancelled all of it's flights all its flights today to and from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Geneva, Rome and Tel Aviv. The carrier believes it will also take a few days to resume normal service. Air Canada also suggests that you keep in touch with your airline so you can find out the latest updates.

The airline says customers wishing to make alternate travel arrangements can do so without penalty.

The erupting volcano has been sending massive ash clouds into the air for days, forcing the closure of most European airspaces. Major airport hubs such as Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle, and Frankfurt have all been closed.

The Spanish Authority is the latest to close airports due to the ash cloud. The international hub of Barcelona El Prat is one of 12 to be closed as the smoke plum moves in on southwest Europe.

World leaders are among the hundreds of thousands of passengers stranded. Even Prime Minister Stephen Harper travel plans were hindered. US President Barack Obama couldn't get in the air either.

They were unable to make it to Europe for the funeral of the Polish president, who died last week when his plane crashed in heavy fog, killing everyone on board.

European airspace restrictions have cancelled flights because of the dangerous ash cloud. It can stall engines, therefore, making flight's (including Harper's) “not possible and not advisable“ on Saturday.

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