Airspace Rebooted


Using flight data from and a base map created with data from OpenStreetMap, Airspace Rebooted is a visualization of the resumption of  airline flights around the northern part of Europe after being grounded by volcanic ash that spewed from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano.  The short video covers the dates from April 16th through the 20th.  The video starts off with northern Europe mostly dark and then some sporadic flashes of short flights can be seen.  As airspaces opened up across Europe, an explosion of flights can be seen.

The visualization was created by ITO World.

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Airspace Rebooted from ItoWorld on Vimeo.

A visualisation of the northern European airspace returning to use after being closed due to volcanic ash. Due to varying ash density across Europe, the first flights can be seen in some areas on the 18th and by the 20th everywhere is open.

The flight data is courtesy of and covers a large fraction of Europe. There are a few gaps (most noticeably France) and no coverage over the Atlantic, but the picture is still clear.

The map data is CC-by-SA and contributors.

This CC-by-SA visualisation was produced by with support from


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