Some quotes picked out from the article which I feel will help insire illustrations:
"For the last few days the skies have been quiet. What if they'd stayed that way for ever?"
"Imagine a world without planes"
". . . without planes, cities would become foreign again."
"Enjoy it while it lasts,"
"Thank you Iceland!"
"In a sense, of course, all this volcanic ash – if it really
exists (doesn't virtually invisible, super-fine dust sound like the
airborne version of the emperor's new clothes to you? I'm just saying."
"Mother Earth's revenge: if you mess with the planet, it will return the compliment, big style."
"The first result, clearly, would be that England's cricket team will lose the Ashes in Australia this winter."
"Air travel takes away so many thrills, making everyone it touches seem boringly everyday. It needn't be that way."
"Without air travel, Bob Dylan would have to conclude his policy of
touring until he alienates every last one of his fans with his
increasingly dreadful voice."