Australian ANZAC pilgrims finally received some good news today as flights from Australia to Europe resumed following the clearance of the ash cloud.
Many scheduled Qantas, Singapore Airlines and British Airways flights have left Australia bound for the UK. Almost all scheduled flights in Europe have been allowed to take off and Heathrow is now open.
One group of intuitive ANZACs were not prepared to wait for the skies to open and organised their own way to Gallipoli.
To get to ANZAC cove on time the 70 proud Aussie’s hired a double decker bus to drive the 3000km stretch from London.
The ‘Gallipoli Express’ will undertake a non-stop journey rotating four drivers across countries including France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.
Scientists say the Ash blowing out from the volcano has reduced and is not blowing high into the atmosphere. Iceland’s president Olafur Grimsson has warned that a much bigger volcano nearby, named Katla may also be due to erupt.
The Civil Aviation Authority’s Dame Deirde says more is now understood about tolerance levels of aircraft to volcanic ash and manufacturers have now agreed to increase tolerance levels in low ash density areas.
But she says there will continue to be some no fly zones where ash concentration levels are too high.
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