• Sweden's news in English

Passengers stranded as ash cloud nears

TT/The Local · 15 Apr 2010, 16:03

Published: 15 Apr 2010 16:03 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Air traffic will come to a halt at all airports bar one by 6pm on Thursday. Visby airport on the island of Gotland is to continue operating flights until 10pm.

Katarina Samuelsson was one of many passengers at Arlanda airport hit by cancellations.

"We were supposed to fly to London at 11.10am but the flight was cancelled."

She and her friend were making a last gasp attempt to get out of the country before services ground to a complete halt and were hoping to secure tickets to New York.

"We're flexible and will go wherever the flights are going. We don't have any set destination; we're quite adventurous," she said.

Sören Carlander from Norrtälje had booked a flight to Iceland to see one of the country's volcanoes, little realising that it would reach him first.

"When I saw the first eruption on TV last week I thought: I have to see that," he said.

Though the plane he had hoped to travel with had not even left Iceland, he said he still harboured hopes of arriving in Iceland later in the evening.

Story continues below…

Aviation authority (LFV) spokesperson Jan Lindqvist said LFV was attempting to release information to the general public via the media and its own website. Lindqvust said he understood the frustration felt by many travellers who had complained about the lack of information.

"It's hard for us to forecast how air traffic is going to function. We're working on obtaining information from air traffic control, which has contact with meteorologists and others who are explaining the consequences this might have," he said.

Airlines are then informed of developments by LFV before passing on the latest information to their own passengers.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

17:13 April 15, 2010 by ringorm
Dear Iceland.

We said send 'CASH'

Yours sincerely

United Kingdom
17:56 April 15, 2010 by Suzie F
@ ringorm..... That really is not funny! Icelandic people are being evacuated from their homes. Other people's travel plans are disrupted and that is the best you can comment. My father taught me that when I have nothing constructive to say, I should be quiet.... unless I am voicing an opinion in support of others. Maybe that is one you could benefit from learning.
18:28 April 15, 2010 by wifey
I'm supposed to fly out on Saturday :-(((
18:29 April 15, 2010 by CarlBlack
@ ringorm: thumbs up!

@ Suzie F: you should learn also other rule: every situation is better managed with humor than stress and worrying
18:32 April 15, 2010 by babychuma
Aww come on Suzie that's funny I don't care who you are, your Dad should have taught you the best way to deal with something you can't change anyway is to laugh it off. "We said send cash", hahahaha
19:34 April 15, 2010 by Purisai
oh Susie. Take it easy. I can imagine you're worried but @ringorm is only lightening the situation.

My husband has been gone to USA for two weeks. He was finally to arrive in Stockholm on Saturday but now it's become iffy. Today I broke my ankle and I have two little girls to take care of. I was sooo waiting for hubby to take over but looks like I will have to hold fort longer but I still managed to laugh at "we said cash". I think that it was witty.

Let's just be thankful that the airlines were wise to shut down the traffic before more tragedies got added to the equation. I'd much rather have my husband safe wherever he is.
19:55 April 15, 2010 by Venturisection

Lal!!!!!!! Bloody Marvelous!!!!!!!!!!!!
20:30 April 15, 2010 by J Jack
@ Suzie. Jeeez! Lighten up! You sound like you need a good Icelandic Spa and a couple of stor-starks. Just because Iceland have been living beyond their means doesn't mean they're not prepared for glacier meltdowns. before you attack ringorm take a swipe at the Politicians in Iceland and the Global Warming mockers. Send CASH not DUST ... I thought it was predictable but still funny. I think even some Icelandic expats would find it funny. OK maybe "yours sincerely, UK" was a bit arrogant but that's to be expected from an ignoramus.
20:58 April 15, 2010 by blursd
I've been stranded at Heathrow and Charles de Gaule before ... I'd much rather be stranded at Arlanda than about 90% of the airports I've been to. Still ... it sucks for all the people who are traveling.
21:22 April 15, 2010 by BCR

two thumbs up!

ha hhah haha
01:38 April 16, 2010 by samwise
the best comment of the year award goes to .......... ringorm
04:07 April 16, 2010 by xenyasai
I agree with both ringorm and Suzie.

Ringorm's comment was funny and not too offensive, but Suzie is right that sometimes being respectful seems to be a forgotten art.

@CarlBlack: Just because you are respectful does not mean you are stressed or worried. Humour is good, but being serious now and then doesn't hurt either.
06:09 April 16, 2010 by sweco1
Yes Funny

LIttle pay back to Britian for crashing the Icelandic banks.

It's a big small world!
Today's headlines
Refugee crisis
Asylum requests in Sweden down by 70 percent
Sweden's migration minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden received 70 percent fewer requests for asylum in the period between January and September 2016 than it did during the same time last year, the country’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson has revealed.

The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries
The Stockholm archipelago book boat. Photo: Roger Hill.

Writer Roger Hill details his journeys on the boats that carry books over Stockholm's waterways and to its most remote places.

Refugee crisis
Second Stockholm asylum centre fire in a week
The new incident follows a similar fire in Fagersjö last week (pictured). Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police suspect arson in the blaze, as well as a similar incident which occurred last Sunday.

More misery for Ericsson as losses pile up
Ericsson interim CEO Jan Frykhammar presenting its third quarter results. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The bad news just keeps coming from the Swedish telecoms giant.

Facebook 'sorry' for removing Swedish cancer video
A computer displaying Facebook's landing page. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The social media giant had censored a video explaining how women should check for suspicious lumps in their breasts.

Watch this amazing footage of Sweden’s landscapes
A still from the aerial footage of Sweden. Photo: Nate Summer-Cook

The spectacular drone footage captures both Sweden's south and the opposite extreme, thousands of kilometres north.

Sweden could be allowed to keep border controls: EU
Police ID checks at Hyllie station in southern Sweden. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Sweden could be allowed to keep ID controls on its border with Denmark beyond the current end date of November, following discussions among EU leaders in Brussels last night.

Why women in Sweden will work for free by November
File photo of a woman working in a Swedish office. Photo: Anders Willund/TT

A new study into the gender pay gap suggests Sweden still has some work to do.

Look familiar? Meet your jawbone's ancestor
Thank God for evolution, eh?

There's something fishy about the human jawbone – it has its origins in the placodermi, a jowly species of fish that lived 400 million years ago, Swedish and Chinese researchers say.

Isis claims unremarked arson attack in Malmö
The arson attack took place on Norra Grängesbergsgatan in Malmö. File photo: Emil Langvad/TT

An arson attack in Malmö that caused only minor damage and was barely reported in the media has been claimed by terror group Isis.

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Here's where it could snow in central Sweden this weekend
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
7 reasons you should join Sweden's 'a-kassa'
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
People-watching: October 12th
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
jobs available