This animation illustrates the revival of air traffic across Europe following the closure of airspace during the Icelandic volcanic ash crisis.

It covers a six-day period and illustrates how air traffic operations, initially limited to the Mediterranean region by the lockdown, were gradually restored across the continent.

London’s airports were among the last major hubs to open, late on 20 April, and the animation shows aircraft circling off the UK coast awaiting clearance to land.


Transport mapping specialist ITO has compiled the sequence of images, with the aid of real-time flight-monitoring site Flightradar24 which draws data from a network of amateur tracking stations.

Source: Flight International