This graphic from Sabre Flight Explorer shows the extent of the volcanic ash plume and its effect on flight routes. Based on live flight data at 4.00pm GMT, April 19.

Snapshot of ash cloud and live flight data, 7.00pm April 18 - courtesy of Sabre Flight Explorer
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Red/orange zones: extent of volcanic ash plume

Straight blue lines: daily published flight routes designated for eastbound and westbound trans-oceanic flights

  • No westbound flight routes from northern Europe

  • Routes A, B and C: eastbound flight routes into southern Europe – currently in heavy use

  • Routes Y and Z: westbound flight routes from Europe – only two routes in operation

Blue arrows: high altitude global jet streams

Aircraft icons: airlines currently flying


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