Volcano threatens Gonzales club’s trip to Meylan, France

Mary-Glenn Smith

The Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Reykjavik, Iceland has been creating chaos for airline travelers worldwide since entering its violent-eruptive stage on April 12, and now is threatening the Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs group trip to Meylan, France.

The group of 31travelers is scheduled to fly into to Geneva, Switzerland on Friday.

According to John Hebert, member of the Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs, the group is still uncertain on  whether or not they will be able to fly due to the closings of airspace across Europe caused by the volcano’s activity.

“The flight has not been canceled, but the majority of flights have been,” Hebert said. “Airport officials are asking people not to go to the airport unless they have confirmed flights.”

Volcanologist say the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption appears to be subsiding and they believe the worst may be past. The volcano is  still emitting ash, but less of it scientists said. Also the ash is not being emitted as explosively as before, but it is still causing airline troubles.

The Gonzales Committee of Cultural Affairs trip to France has been planned for months. If the group is able to fly, they have planned a mini-jambalaya festival in Meylan on Sunday.

“We want to give the people in Meylan a taste of Louisiana culture,” Hebert said.

The group has already sent the jambayala pot over to Meylan for the event. World Champion Jambayala cook, Byron Gautreau will be cooking the jambayala for the mini festival if the group is able to make the trip.