Parts of rural Iceland were covered by thick drifts of volcanic ash and an invisible plume of grit managed to drift all over Europe, which led to the worsening of the flights disruption scene. This sent over a hundred potential flyers out in the search of hotel rooms, train tickets or rental vehicles.
On Friday, Polish official were highly concerned that the ash cloud could end up threatening the arrival of world leaders for the state funeral of Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria which has been scheduled for Sunday in the city of Krakow.
As of now, American President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are among those who will be flying down for the funeral services and no one has sent in a cancellation. On Friday, late President Kaczynski's family insisted that they wished the funeral to go ahead as planned but there was no denying the fact that the ask cloud was moving towards south and east.
Eurocontrol, the air traffic agency, has shared that nearly two-thirds of Europe's flights on Friday were outright cancelled with the air space in Britain continued to remain largely closed and the same situation was seen across north and central Europe.
"The skies are totally empty over northern Europe", said Brian Flynn, Deputy Head of Eurocontrol. "There will be some significant disruption of European air traffic tomorrow".