A giant ash cloud over Europe has caused the cancellation of thousands of flights, according to CNN. To top it off, “the plumes have closed some of Europe’s busiest airports, including Charles de Gaulle in Paris, London’s Heathrow and Schiphol in Amsterdam.” Video after the break. Click here for first picture in gallery.

Airspace over much of the United Kingdom was closed to all flights except emergencies at least until 7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) on Friday, Britain’s air traffic authority, NATS, said.

[via CNN]