Up, Up and Away! More airlines resume services to Europe


Qantas resumed flights to and from Europe late last night after six days of cancellations caused by ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Two Australian-bound Qantas aircraft were kept on the tarmac at Heathrow last night after the airline received reports of a “significant meteorological report” of ash on the proposed flight path.

One flight, QF30 to Melbourne was cancelled while the second, QF32 to Sydney via Singapore was due to depart 12:05pm local time and took off this morning after an 11 hour delay.

Qantas flight QF6 from Frankfurt via Singapore touched at Sydney Airport this morning at 5:43am.

The carrier is expected to resume normal schedules services from Australia to Europe today and passengers booked on QF9, QF5, QF31, QF1 and QF29 are confirmed for travel.

The airline has estimated that it will take two to three weeks to clear the backlog of passengers.

Chief Executive Alan Joyce said the airline has applied for extra landing slots at London’s Heathrow and Frankfurt’s airport to help around 15,500 passengers affected by the closures.

"We are working on providing supplementary services to help clear the backlog and we will let our customers know as soon as possible," he said.

Mr Joyce said the cancellations were unlikely to have a big effect on full-year earnings, which is predicted to be between $300 million and $400 million this financial year.

”It won’t affect our earnings forecast,” Mr Joyce said. ”It’s five days of our operations not occurring into Europe, at between $1.5 million and $2 million [a day].”

Mr Joyce said the airline has spent $700,000 a day “out of its own pocket” to assist the 2000 stranded Qantas passenger with accommodation and other needs.

Qantas generates about 11% of its revenue from European flights, significantly less than its key regional rivals Singapore Airlines at 21%, Cathay Pacific at 20% and Air New Zealand at 30%.

Flight updates

Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific are returning to a full European flight schedule with immediate effect.

Air France, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Lufthansa have all taken to the skies for longer routes and also operated some of their medium- and shorter-haul routes.

Air Berlin and easyJet are operating partial services and Ryanair is expected to announce plans to resume its Northern Europe service.

Emirates said it operated all but two of its 39 scheduled flights to Europe, including 12 to the UK and seven to Germany, but warned there was a “long way to go before normality returns”.

Emirates have also reopened flights for passengers travelling from Australia on confirmed tickets to all of its destinations in Europe.

Etihad has recommenced its scheduled services to London, Paris, Brussels, and Geneva, and would continue to operate services to these destinations, subject to the airports remaining open.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
Pin It

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>