Since Europe began shutting down airspace last week, everyone is now aware of the travel chaos caused by Iceland's Eyhafhallajakull volcano. Pronounced Ey-ya-fyat-la-yokut, the volcano is, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) the largest, longest disruption to air travel since WWII. According to recent reports, the stoppage of flights in and out of European airports looks like it may be set to continue for some time yet.
There are still millions of people around the globe that are stranded. Some lucky people were able to grab a seat on bus, train or ferry services, others were lucky enough to get a last minute car rental to drive to their destination. At times like these it's fascinating to see the lengths people will take to get home. One traveller couldn't get home to Bucharest from a work trip to Amsterdam when her flight was cancelled last Friday, and all trains out of Amsterdam were sold out until Monday. Luckily she had friends collect her and drive her to Cologne, where she managed to get a train to Vienna, and another train on to Bucharest. All-in-all a 43 hour trip.
British comedian John Cleese couldn't fly, train or boat home to London from Norway, so rode in a taxi from Oslo o Brussels o catch the Eurostar service to the UK, costing him‚ 3,800. Plenty of taxi companies in both UK and Europe have recorded massive fairs to and from either side of the English Channel, with eager passengers desperate to get home.
Some passengers desperate to board the ferry from Dunkirk to England found there were only spaces left for cyclists, so forked out for the first available bike, which resulted in business men wobbling onto the ferry on two wheeled contraptions, woman's and kids bikes with pink baskets. The UK government is considering deploying the Royal Navy, cruise ships and commercial shipping options to transport stranded passengers from mainland Europe back to the UK if the crisis worsens. There are thousands of stories of people able to get to their destination, but there are still many many more stranded passengers that are stranded. Hopefully the fallout will ease soon, and these travellers will get home again.
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