The volcanic ash is making more trouble for Nordic air passengers. At Bergen Airport, Flesland, at the west coast of Norway, passengers are rebelling and refusing to leave the airport after it was closed again Thursday morning.
“Now, I’ve had enough! I will not leave the airport until we got a plane to where we’re going.”
Norwegian Air Passenger
Again, it’s total chaos in the Norwegian Air Space. Most airports on the west coast will be closed most of the day, Thursday. Also airports in Sweden and Finland will be closed today, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK, reports.
The ash from Iceland‘s volcanoes hits Norway’s air traffic again today.
The CAA imposed restrictions in the airspace Between Sola Airport/Stavanger and Vigra Airport/Evenes from midnight, Thursday.
Currently there are no passenger traffic from airports in the Norwegian airports; Sola, Karmøy, Flesland, Stord, Florø, Førde, Ørsta-Volda and Vigra.
“The part of this ash contaminated area, who is defined as a non flight zone for aircrafts, have drawn further in over the land, and during the night and morning hours we had to close the airspace over the airport on the west coast,” says communications director at Avinor, Ove Narvesen.
Avinor said yesterday that they opened the airspace in Norway for an indefinite time.
At Bergen Airport Flesland the public address system will notify the passengers that the airport is closed, at least until 14 PM.
Both employees and passengers are in despair.
“I’m about to go “ash-crazy,” says Alf Sognfest, terminal manager at Bergen Airport Flesland.
“The clouds have made a belt outside the coast. It’s like we’re being punished because we live where we live,” says Sognfest.
“We were aware of the clouds in the North Sea, but yesterday they seemed to remain stationary. We thought they would dissolve, as they have elsewhere in Europe,” he says.
A traveling companion of 52 people have been waiting since Monday to fly to a cruise they were supposed to attend.
“Now I’ve had enough! I will not leave the airport until we got a plane to were we’re going,” says one of the ladies in the travel companion to NRK.
Airport Manager, Leif Anker Lorentzen, at Stavanger Airport Sola says tonight’s closing was a surprise.
“Yesterday, we hoped that air traffic should normalize,” says Lorentzen.
Air traffic in Europe is now almost normal, according to the European aerospace control Eurocontrol.
Norway and Sweden are among the exceptions.
Opened, Then Closed
Bergen Airport Flesland, that is the main airport on the west cost of Norway, was opened at 13 PM in the afternoon.
But around 17 PM, it was announced that SAS. Scandinavian Airline System, had canceled all its flight on the airport.
The reason is that the area is still in the border zone of the ash clouds.
The national competitor, Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS), however, says it will continue its flights to and from Bergen.
It’s not been confirmed if the angry lady, mentioned above, and her company are still at the airport…
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