April 16, 2010
Posted: 1635 GMT
I'm back after a few days away on another assignment.
We will be spending a lot of time discussing the volcano ash cloud hanging over Europe, which is still causing travel chaos across the continent.
As of this writing, airspace is not available for travel in the UK (excluding Scotland), Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, the north of France including all Paris airports, northern parts of Germany, parts of Poland including Warsaw airport and the Czech Republic, and Switzerland.
The airline industry association said today that airlines alone are losing an estimated $200 million a day in revenue. Of course, the total cost of this unprecedented event could run into the billions with millions of passengers affected, trying desperately find a way to their destination.
One of those passengers is the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, who's decided to drive his way through Europe because he can't fly back to Oslo. We are hoping to connect with him on his roadtrip across the continent.
Guillermo will join us with an aerial view of the ash cloud. The amazing pictures show the scope of the affected area. We will also talk about how long it will take for all of this to clear up.
Polish official say the funeral of their fallen President is going ahead as planned, but what if world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama can't fly in this week-end? We'll look at that angle as well.
Hope you can join us for the Idesk at the top of the hour for this and all the rest of our top stories.
See you then!
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