April 19, 2010
Posted: 1637 GMT

Once again, we will be looking at all angles of the volcanic ash story and the travel chaos that has paralyzed Europe for five days now.

This isn't just as European story: it is affecting travelers around the world. Some are trying to make their way home, young couples are missing their wedding reception, politicans are missing state funerals and even organ transplant recipients are having to wait longer for a life-saving operations.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. We will be speaking with Fred Pleitgen on a decision to allow Lufthansa to fly 15,000 passengers back to Germany. Also, British Airways says it will resume some flights out of London at 7pm local Tuesday.

We will also go live to France for more on several airports in southern France now able to operate. Italy, among other countries, has now completely opened its airspace.

We will also look at the economic impact of grounding tens of thousands of planes every day: the costs is now running into the billions and some companies that rely on tourism revenue are starting to feel the pain. Now airlines are complaining that the airspace closures were badly handled by European authorities.

Also today, we will take you live to Baghdad for the latest on the reported death of the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq. Authorities there say they killed Abu Ayyub al-Masri in a joint Iraqi-US operation. How will this affect insurgent activity in the country? We'll go to Mohammed Jamjoom in the Iraqi capital.

See you at the IDesk!


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Smith in Oregon   April 19th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

It appears Sandstorms and Volcanic Ash fall-out really puts the crimp on foreign wars. Despite the travelers inconvenience, I imagine a great many European citizens greatly appreciate the silence of fewer automobiles, virtually no jetliners and no NATO F-16's screaming across the rooftops and cities thru-out Europe at this time.

Thot   April 19th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

I guess that, by now "the ash" has become a lame subject to many international viewers. Maybe CNN is focusing too much on travel problem and not in the economic effects this may have, not only to Europe, but to many other countries in the world that have a strong economic connection to Europe.

Thot   April 19th, 2010 11:29 pm ET

Ok. Don't know about the rest of CNN news shows but at least I-Desk is took different perspectives on the ash subject. That's a good thing. I was a little tired to see news channels focusing mainly on the travel problem.

The ironic side of the ash: men may control economy clutters by finding a quick way to fix it, but nature can't be controlled and, the damages done on it and by it can't be fixed so fast & as easily as economic difficulties.
I wonder if, all tragic nature related situations we have been witnessing lately are making mankind to reflect about it, or we just go on and on till the next nature chaos occurres?

Sorry I posted this already, by mistake, on the 16th I-desk blog entry.

boy   April 20th, 2010 5:53 am ET

What is going on? I didn't read

God is love

Worldtraveler   April 20th, 2010 10:02 am ET

The only thing in Europe that is not moving or is trying to get moving again are the planes. Automobiles are still driving. And I do not really appreciate this, because I am trying to go home. I am not alone in this situation, that is also why I feel so bad about all those people stranded and not knowing what is going to happen next. There is almost no communication towards the public on how and what to do. Some people are stranded because of not having $5000 to leave Bulgaria with a newly adopted child for example or simple are stuck because of not knowing were to go.
The European Officials have waited too long to react and to communicate with all the parties involved and also the public. They should have reacted that same day and started with alternatives and communicate this. I just read the other day that it took until yesterday to get everybody on a conference call, to search – talk – make decisions – look for alternatives.
Now finally some communication is going on and alternatives are being put into place. A lot of this could have been avoided if people had reacted much sooner.

Thanks to CNN people get informed, but also CNN can only bring what they receive or hear from Officials or by being in the field.

You cannot play with Mother Nature, neither win. But you can live with Mother Nature, just as Mother Nature has done with us for many years.

Hope that people will learn from it and keep in mind that plan a always needs a plan b, just in case.

Richard   April 20th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

Nothing is more important than safety. period. It's priceless.
Willie Walsh is notorious for being a self serving glutton.
CNN..I believe it's important for you to also report the high risks
and dangerous close calls from the past:
A British Airways jet lost power in all four engines after flying through an ash cloud above the Indian Ocean in 1982.

Maya   April 20th, 2010 2:57 pm ET

I saw in the news that your journalist college spent total 3150$ to get from WARSAW to LONDON to…couldn’t resist to ask wouldn’t be cheaper to take a couch from Warsaw to London via Dover 399.00PLN approximately 140.00$......

Biruzz   April 21st, 2010 1:01 am ET

The problems or catastrophes are all coming one after another..

The tsunamis, earthquakes, drought and now the ash dilemma one after another. we should look after our space better. In a movie made a few years ago any nation will have to turn to its even poor neighbours in order to survive when hit by mother natures fury.

Maybe we all should be working together and build a real universal disaster search and rescue unit. Something that is better run and more coordinated than what is being offered by the UN. If we could put aside our differences and work together we could save and also salvage a lot of lives. Something like a universal disaster insurance. The team would consist of doctors and nurses and support staff for logistics and tents, portable water reservoirs, foladble beds, mosquito netting, medicines andstuff like that. Maybe take the burden of some of the NGOS who are always out there helping people.


Stephie McCallum   April 22nd, 2010 5:29 pm ET

Hala, The airlines should not be bailed out by the EU or any government. They should be insured against force majeur and, if not, well that is to their account. The various soveriegn countries Aviation Authorities are there to close airspace when Operators are too commercially focussed to separate out earnings from fatalities. Mr Leary's comments (and Mr Walsh's, but less so) continue to confirm the public's concern that someone who is clearly precipitate in circumstances that affect public safety is allowed any authority within an airline that has a CoA. This is, perhaps, an example where ICAO need to intervene and airline CEO's should also undergo 'fit and proper persons' testing.

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