April 20, 2010
Posted: 1715 GMT
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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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April 16, 2010
Posted: 1635 GMT

Hello Ideskers!

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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