By Mark Memmott

Ten days after the skies over Europe were reopened to air travel, many folks aren't home yet.

"There are still 'large numbers' of Britons stuck abroad ... but the true figure is very hard to quantify, the Foreign Office has said," the BBC reports this morning. "Trouble hotspots included Hong Kong, Pakistan, Thailand, and Orlando, Fla."

Earlier this week, it was estimated that 35,000 people from the U.K. still hadn't reached their desinations. But it was hoped all would be home by today. That's not going to happen, according to the BBC.

Thousands of flights to, from and within Europe were canceled, you'll recall, after a volcano in Iceland erupted on April 14 and began spewing ash high into the sky. As the plume wafted over Europe, there was concern that particles in the air could damage jet engines or other parts of aircraft.

James Bader, right, hugs his daugher, Nancy Bader , 8, as his wife, Ursula Allison holds daughter, Johanne Bader, 1, while daughter Lily Bader watches as they wait for a flight at Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport April 27, 2010. The Bader family from London had been on holiday in Thailand and was supposed to return to the United Kingdom on a flight from Bangkok on April 21st but had their flight cancelled due to the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland. They were able to secure seats on a flight on April 28. (Photo by Andy Nelson /Getty Images)

The Bader family from London were delayed more than a week in Thailand. (Andy Nelson/Getty Images)

categories: Accidents and Disasters, Foreign News, Nature, Travel

9:34 - April 30, 2010