Airlines fly into a cloud of Eyjafjallajökull

Airspace closures across northern Europe have grabbed headlines but will barely register on the bottom lines of Asian airlines.
Eyjafjallaj÷kull spewing ash and smoke
Eyjafjallaj÷kull spewing ash and smoke

The view while jogging along Hong Kong International Airport's southern perimeter this weekend was eye candy for any airline buff. In addition to the normal take-offs and landings, aircraft from such venerable aviation names as Air France, British Airways, KLM and Lufthansa sat parked on the tarmac, their journeys home thwarted by an ash cloud stretching across northern Europe from Iceland to Russia that has left airlines grounded and travellers stranded.

Since Wednesday last week, when British authorities first began closing airports in and airspace over the UK, more than 8 million passengers have had their travel plans disrupted and more than 60,000 flights have been cancelled as a result of an ash cloud...

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