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April 20th, 2010
04:59 PM ET

Latest updates on volcano and air travel

CNN Wire Staff

Weather conditions aren't set to change over Europe until Friday, meaning the volcanic ash may linger over the continent until then, a spokeswoman from Britain's weather service, the Met Office, said Tuesday.

Starting Friday, southwesterly winds will start taking the ash away from the United Kingdom, the spokeswoman told CNN.

About 14,000 flights were expected to operate in European airspace Tuesday - half of scheduled air traffic, according to Eurocontrol, the intergovernmental body that manages European air travel.

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  1. Veronica Jordan Brantford Ontario

    The state department should come in to help these people get home

    April 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  2. ekaterine

    I am young lady who traveled from Boston to Republic of Georgia to visit my terminally ill dad whom I hadn't seen for 6 years. I came here and now I can't leave due to volcanic distraction, my husband is back in boston worried about my safety and I am worried about my job I might loose if I won't be back in few days.I AM running out of money and my husband will have to cover our bills. I would love to know what is USA government is doing to help stranded citizens TP help them get back to their home.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  3. Denise

    Good morning Anderson and CNN team.
    The health risks alone are scary enough. I know this question has probably been asked before but I'll ask again. How will this huge cloud of volcanic ash affect the U.S. if the winds change? I'm thinking about those who live closest to the Iceland area.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:52 am |