Several airlines were scheduled to bring travelers from San Francisco International Airport to Europe on Monday, following an announcement that limited operations in and out of the country will resume.
However, most of northern Europe remains off-limits and much of European travel is crippled by ash-filled skies — resulting from volcanic eruptions in Iceland. Hundreds of flights have been grounded and thousands of customers affected since Thursday.
European officials have created three bands of airspace: one where all flights will be permitted, one where only certain flights will be allowed and a third where no flights will be permitted.
At San Francisco International Airport, Lufthansa had scheduled two departures for Monday, one for Frankfort at 2:15 p.m. and another for Munich at 9 p.m.
Air France is rerouting Paris flights to depart for the southern part of the country, with one 5:30 p.m. flight to Toulouse, which is a five-hour train ride to the capital.
One KLM flight into Amsterdam is scheduled for 3:50 p.m., and British Airways has scheduled a 1 a.m. departure for London-Heathrow airport.
As of Monday, there are no scheduled arrivals from Europe.
Passengers are strongly recommended to contact their respective air carriers and are urged not to arrive at the airport unless they have a confirmed seat with a confirmed departure time.
San Francisco International Airport spokesman Mike McCarron said that it is up to the airlines to assist stranded passengers.
“We don’t fly passengers, the airlines do,” McCarron said.