750 Yerevan Passengers Stuck in European Airports

Italy - A passenger rests on his suitcases at Fiumicino airport near Rome, 19Apr2010

Some airlines resumed flights over northern Europe today after days of inactivity caused by an ash cloud from an Iceland volcano. Zvartnots International Airport Flight Information screen shows Paris and Berlin directions are still cancelled, even as deputy head of Armenia’s Civil Aviation Agency Aram Marutian claimed only Berlin is closed today.

The same official told RFE/RL that 750 passengers flying to Yerevan are stuck in European aiports, and there are 1140 passengers who are unable to fly to Europe from Yerevan because of the volcano. And that’s just ONE VOLCANO!

“Czech Airlines” was the first European flight in days to bring 140 passengers to Armenia. According to official information, about 30 percent of passengers flying from Yerevan have turned in their tickets and been refunded 100% of the ticket cost. Today the “Austrian Airlines” has also risked opening flights.

Meanwhile, the World Meteorological Organization today said the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland is expected to change direction and head towards the Arctic when the weather changes towards the end of the week, which means there’s some hope for flights to temporarily resume again.

P.S. A friend noticed on Facebook the other day, that if the speculation is right and all dormant volcanoes come to life once in 200 years, it would soon be time for Mount Ararat to erupt. We should seriously consider building up our train infrastructure.