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.
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
More on the crisis
- Royal Navy lined up to rescue stranded Brits
- Tui rescues 5,000 clients from Spain by coach and ship
- IATA slams European governments over ash cloud handling
- Ash flights ban costs Tui £20m and rising
- Majority of UK flights restricted
- Flight chaos predicted for returning Easter holidaymakers
- Travel insurance not designed to cover all risks
- Volcano disruption ‘incredibly challenging’, says agent
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