Saturday, April 17

No fly zone

Flights have resumed over Scotland and Northern Ireland this evening following the unprecedented closure of UK airspace yesterday. Restrictions remain in place for England until at least lunch time tomorrow. More than 17,000 flights have now been cancelled across Europe, costing airlines a mind-boggling US$200 million per day.

The volcanic ash cloud has even impacted my employer. This morning I made arrangements for a stranded UK colleague to work from our Singapore office, as well as helping a New York colleague stranded in London. However, the current volcanic disruption has a silver lining. This evening’s sunset was more spectacular than usual.

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