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The movie below shows how the northern European airspace returned to normal use after being closed due to volcanic ash from Iceland last week. Due to the varying ash densities across Europe, the first (test?) flights can already be seen in some areas from the 18th April. By the 20th April, all airports were opened again.

The movie was created by ITO World, based on the data retrieved from Flight Radar 24.

See also OpenStreetMap Edits Animation.


KLM carried out a couple of test flights (you can see single dots circling over the Netherlands in the first 15 seconds of the video), and some airlines like Lufthansa were allowed to transfer empty planes from one hub to another.

It's kinda sad to see the skies cluttered with planes again so quickly :)

Tue 27 Apr 2010 at 4:16 AM

and how it came to a stop ;)

Tue 27 Apr 2010 at 6:48 AM

My god, that is awesome to see the black map and only a dot here and there. Later you can clearly see that London is the vacuum for all air traffic. Brilliant video.

Sat 01 May 2010 at 4:53 AM
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