Anyone trying to get to and from England yesterday by plane would have been thwarted because all of the airports were closed. The problem was caused by a cloud of ash coming from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland which would have ruined the engines on the planes with catastrophic consequences.
All the companies flying out of el Altet were similarly affected; Monarch, Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet.2.com, Air Lingus, BMI Baby, SAS and Thomsonfly: in all, eighty flights were cancelled. I can only imagine the chaos it caused as passengers, unaware of the problem, arrived ready to book in.
The strange thing is that a flight from Reykjavik, located about 100 kilometres from the volcano did arrive at el Altet as per schedule.
As for today, well there is no change - airports in England are still closed and the Times newspaper reckons it could last for five days.
Now for the good news; Ryanair have just started a service from Alicante to Venice with a price tag of 6€ for passengers with just hand luggage. The diesel to take you to the airport and back would cost more than that!