Barcelona airport volcanic ash cloud news

Barcelona Airport news - Ash cloud 2011

Last update: Thursday 26 May 2011 10:00

Barcelona, Girona and Reus airports are all open as usual and all Spanish airports are open. The 2011 ash cloud eruptions appears to be over.

Last update. Wednesday 25 May 2011 15:00.
Good news. Eruption seems to be ending and mainly steam coming from volcano. According to Reuters "Iceland's volcano is showing clear signs of having ceased its eruption and no more ash is spewing from it, Iceland's meteorological office said on Wednesday." Read full article

Update Wednesday 25 May 2011 09:00
Barcelona, Girona and Reus airports are all open as usual and all Spanish airports are open. It appears that flights in UK and Scandinavia are getting back to normal but flight delays and cancellations in German and Dutch airports. The UK met office warned that the cloud might cause problems again in UK on Friday 27/5. All air travellers are advised to check their airline's website for updates.

Update Tuesday 24 May 2011 20:15
Barcelona, Girona and Reus airports are all open as usual and all Spanish airports are open. Ash cloud  is mostly over UK and Denmark at the moment causing some flight delays or cancellation in those areas.

Update Monday 23 May 2011
Barcelona, Girona and Reus airports are all open as usual and all Spanish airports are open. Ash clouds are heading towards Spanish air space and might arrive Thursday 26 May 2011. There might be delays of UK flights to Spain and Barcelona tomorrow 24/5 due to ash cloud reaching UK airspace. Visit Twitter Eurocontrol for for latest news and if the cloud reaches Spain visit Spanish airports website for latest news of flights to and from Spain on (On choose English version in top right corner.) Barcelona airport information telephone numbers are: 902 404 704  or  +34-913211000. You can find airline twitter addresses below.

News about possible flight disruptions at Barcelona airports caused by volcanic ash cloud from Iceland (la nube de ceniza volcánica. Almost exactly 1 year after the first big Icelandic ash cloud of 2010, when many airports in Spain including Barcelona were closed, another vulcano called Grimsvotn in Iceland, has erupted causing new ash clouds over Europe and possible disruptions to flights to and from Spain. At the moment all airports in Spain are open and will hopefully stay that way. The FC Barcelona team have changed their travel plans and will fly to London tonight Tue 24/5 for the Champions League final this weekend.

The Primavera Sound Festival is this weekend in Barcelona with many visitors and bands coming from the UK but hopefully the festival will not have any major cancellations, In general the 2011 ash cloud situation is not expected as serious as in 2010 due to new Europe-wide safety measures introduced after the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010. The new rules and valuable experience from last year will mean much less disruption to flights. Here are some pictures of the Grimsvotn eruption from Danish newspaper and spare a thought for the poor icelanders who are once again covered in volcanic ash. Pictures from

Eurocontrol website
BBC live news updates 2011 Iceland vulcano Grimsvotn eruption
UK Civil Aviation Authority
Map of 2011 ash cloud movement from UK Met office
Flight departures from Barcelona Airport

Useful links

International trains service from Barcelona
Visit or go to the nearest station near you to inquire about tickets. Major train stations in Barcelona are Sants, Passeig de Gracia, Catalunya and Estacio de França.

International bus services from Barcelona
International Bus services out of Barcelona Estacio Nord bus station. Nearest Metro stations to bus station are Arc de Triomf or Marina on Red LIne 1

Other useful travel links for passengers in Barcelona possibly affected by ash clouds

Spanish airport authority
Eurocontrol news page
German DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung
Twitter Eurocontrol
Twitter Controladores aéreos - Spanish flight controllers
Twitter KLM Spain
Twitter KLM
Twitter Spanair
Twitter Iberia
Twitter BMI Baby
Twitter Transavia
Twitter Gatwick airport UK
BAA airports (Heathrow, Stansted, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Southampton and Edinburgh)   
Track flights online on (can be slow loading due to heavy traffic)
Flight checker Barcelona airport
Barcelona international railway stations
Spanish railways - Renfe
Estacio Nord bus station in Barcelona
Eurolines - buses out of Barcelona
Uk Met office
La Vanguardia - leading Catalunya newspaper (link provided via google translate)

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 December 2023 17:33