New Rumor of Snowden Flight Raises Tensions
By RICK GLADSTONE and WILLIAM NEUMAN
Outraged Bolivian officials insisted American pressure was to blame for France and Portugal denying the Bolivian president's plane access to their airspace amid a rumor that Edward J. Snowden was on board.
Airlines rush to move millions
Airlines scrambled to move millions of passengers grounded by a five-day ban on European flights due to a cloud of volcanic ash, and industry officials said the shutdown had cost them at least $1.7 billion and showed the need for more unified regulation.
Volcanic ash turns much of Europe into no-fly zone
Volcanic ash continued to disrupt air travel across Europe Saturday. UK air traffic control has warned the situation is likely to worsen while German airspace will remain closed until at least 8 am Sunday.
Air Travel Chaos Deepens Into Weekend
By ALAN COWELL, LIZ ROBBINS and NICOLA CLARK
Some airports that had reopened Friday closed again on Saturday as an ash cloud continued to affect Europe.
Europe’s Cloud of Ash Casts Pall Over World of Music
By DANIEL J. WAKIN
Performances must be adjusted as artists’ travel plans are disrupted from Europe’s volcanic ash problem.
(April 9, 2010 - April 15,2010)The odds on the next big volcanic eruption
ASH propelled into the atmosphere by the eruption of a volcano in Iceland led to cancelled flights and closed airspace in Britain, Ireland, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland on Thursday April 15th. Eyjafjallajokull blasted clouds of ash several miles into the atmosphere on Wednesday night, which drifted south-east on the wind. Volcanic ash does not mix well with jet engines, hence the disruption. In addition to surprising airlines, Eyjafjallajokull caught bookmakers unawares. Paddy Power, an Irish bookie, had the odds on it erupting at 28-1. The odds are much shorter on other volcanoes around the world losing their lids.
The noun bookie has one meaning:
Meaning #1: a gambler who accepts and pays off bets (especially on horse races)
- One that edits, prints, publishes, or binds books.
- One who accepts and pays off bets, as on a horserace. Also called bookie.
Definition of airspace