Volcano disruptions thread

Old Apr 15, 10, 2:11 pm
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Just sitting here at the Sheraton Skyline at London Heathrow.

Was supposed to be on QF2 this evening (Thursday 15/4) out of LHR for SYD. Flight has been cancelled but is showing a delayed departure of 24hrs 45mins scheduled for a departure at 2300 on Friday 16/4. QF are doing a good job in keeping me up to date the various changes. The interesting observation is the earliest they can get me out is on QF2 on Sunday 18/4. QF flights in and out of FRA are also impacted.

The latest update is that ALL non emergency flights are grounded up until 1300 GMT Friday 16/4. This may be extended to 1800 GMT pending a review by National Air Traffic Services (NATS) at 0230 GMT Friday 16/4. Some reports are indicating passengers should be prepared for a 48hr delay.

A very frustrating but totally understandable scenario.
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Old Apr 15, 10, 5:20 pm
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Any news on how the Oz-SIN/BKK/HKG (and vv) ticketed passengers are doing? Or restated - are those sections still being flown?

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Old Apr 15, 10, 6:14 pm
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Originally Posted by wandering_fred View Post
Any news on how the Oz-SIN/BKK/HKG (and vv) ticketed passengers are doing? Or restated - are those sections still being flown?

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No idea, but the in-laws are doing SYD-HKG-LHR tomorrow - so I'll be interested. (and I'm doing SYD-BKK-FRA on Sunday on TG+LH and even more interested!)
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Special plane going to SIN today.
BKK, HKG still being sorted out.

Customers travelling to Singapore today will be offered a new flight, QF8031 which is scheduled to operate from Sydney International Airport at 4.15pm and will operate via Melbourne, departing at 6.50pm to arrive in Singapore at 12.35am on the 17th April.
http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airl...ions/global/en
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Old Apr 15, 10, 8:51 pm
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Originally Posted by wandering_fred View Post
Any news on how the Oz-SIN/BKK/HKG (and vv) ticketed passengers are doing? Or restated - are those sections still being flown?

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For SIN, I was going to suggest a consolidation of flights would be the wise thing for QF to do. Indeed QF5 and QF9 have been cancelled today and QF 31 has now been rescheduled to operate SYD-MEL-SIN. QF29 MEL-HKG has been cancelled, and I imagine QF are busy reaccomodating HKG bound pax onto QF87 and CX168. QF1 SYD-BKK seems to be still operating.
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Old Apr 15, 10, 10:13 pm
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Folks - please add any factual information about flight delays/cancellations etc in this thread.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...ction=business
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Qantas waiver for changes to bookings affected by Volcano etc now applies to flights 15-18April (previously it was only 15-16 April)

http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airl...lobal/en#jump1
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Still nothing on the Bangkok / Hong Kong flights, despite it being 3pm
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Originally Posted by moa999 View Post
Still nothing on the Bangkok / Hong Kong flights,


According to QF flight status, QF29 MEL-HKG-LHR has been cancelled today. No updates on QF30 in other direction though.

Other HKG flights do not continue on to LHR so should not be affected.

As for QF1 to BKK does not seem to be any updates and appears to be still operating (I guess as far as BKK??).
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Old Apr 16, 10, 12:48 am
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Originally Posted by lokijuh View Post
As for QF1 to BKK does not seem to be any updates and appears to be still operating (I guess as far as BKK??).
E/F shows QF1 SYD-BKK as cancelled:



Still shows as 'Estimated' on Qantas.com though.
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Old Apr 16, 10, 12:54 am
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Update on Delays in Europe - 0600am GMT Friday 16/4

As of 0230am GMT Friday 16/4 the airspace closure has been extended to 1900 GMT Friday 16/4 pending a review by National Air Traffic Services (NATS) later this morning. This review may look to extend the closure through to 0100am on Saturday 17/4 while also looking to selectively open up certain air corridors.

The QF cancellations from LHR so far are:

THUR 15/4

QF10
QF2

FRI 16/4

QF30
QF32

According to QF the decision on QF2 / QF10 departures for Friday 16/4 will depending on the update from NATS later today Friday 16/4. While QF are saying that "We are unable to confirm departure times for these services until we have further advice from European authorities" I can confirm that my QF2 flight on Thursday 15/4 has been cancelled and QF have waitlisted me on both QF and BA flights starting Saturday 17/4 lunchtime on QF32 through until my confirmed reservation on Sunday 18/4 evening on QF2.

Their are currently unconfirmed reports that airspace between Northern Ireland and Scotland *may* gradually reopen through the day for some of commuter flights. Also Sweden in looking to gradually reopen airspace later today.
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Old Apr 16, 10, 1:32 am
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English Airspace Closure Extended to 0100 GMT Sat 17/4

Originally Posted by ChrisG View Post
As of 0230am GMT Friday 16/4 the airspace closure has been extended to 1900 GMT Friday 16/4 pending a review by National Air Traffic Services (NATS) later this morning. This review may look to extend the closure through to 0100am on Saturday 17/4.
At 0830 GMT NATS extended the closure of English airspace to 0100 GMT Saturday The next review by NATS will be 1300 GMT today.
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E/F shows QF1 SYD-BKK as cancelled:


QF1 from Sydney via Bangkok to London Heathrow operates at least as far as Bangkok with VH-OJH. Meanwhile a new flight QF8031 operates from Sydney via Melbourne to Singapore using A380 VH-OQC, the aircraft scheduled to have operated QF31.

from theqantassource.com.
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Old Apr 16, 10, 12:02 pm
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Update from London 16/4 1900 GMT

The National Air Traffic Service (NATS) said flight restrictions will remain in place until at least 7am GMT on Saturday 17/4.

The QF Call Centre are indicating that flights (QF2, QF10, QF30 and QF32) from London to Sydney / Melbourne up to and including 18/4 have been cancelled - albeit these are not being shown on the qantas.com website on either Flight Status of the banner page. Assuming the airspace is open, the 1st confirmed flight I can now get out on is QF2 on 21/4.

The question I have is what will happen to the 2 * 744's from the cancelled QF2 and QF10 services on Thursday 15/4? These are presumably sitting on the ground in LHR. I did hear "unofficial" reports these two aircraft would be flown back the SYD / MEL empty as soon as the airspace open up. Therefore all passengers off cancelled services from the 15/4 onwards would be accommodated on the turnaround of QF 1, 9, 29 and 31 services coming out of Australia (whenever these resume).
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Old Apr 16, 10, 4:34 pm
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Europe Update 2200 GMT 16/4

Flights across England are still grounded and air traffic officials have extended the UK airspace closure to 12pm on Saturday 17/4.

The National Air Traffic Service (Nats), which controls traffic across Britain's airspace, lifted restrictions this evening to a large part of Scottish airspace including Scottish airports, Shetland, Orkneys and also Northern Ireland.

QF are now talking about not being able to get delayed passengers out until Wednesday 21/4.
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