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Ash from Iceland Volcano - Flight Delays again?

Ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland is now clear of UK airspace, and no flight delays are anticipated for the near future.

26/05/11  11:00 Update

There are no significant ash clouds over the UK, and no flight delays.

25/5/11 11:00 Update
There are no closures of UK airports today, although there have been reports of ash deposits are far south as Manchester. The winds have changed and blown the ash cloud away from the UK. The eruption plume has now reduced to around 7km high, and predictions are that if it remains at that size then the ash clouds will not cause any further problems in the UK and Europe. Everyone is still watching and monitoring the situation as winds could still change everything.

24/05/11 17:30 Update

The following airports will experience some delays between 19:00 today and 01:00 tomorrow. Check with your flight company if you might be affected.

  • Barra
  • Glasgow
  • Edinburgh
  • Prestwick
  • Newcastle
  • Carlisle
  • Durham Tees Valley
  • Cumbernauld
  • Tiree

Flight companies, including Easyjet, have been working closely with aviation officials over the past year to ensure there is no repeat of the travel chaos even if a similar eruption occurred.

The Grimsvotn volcano started erupting on Saturday 21st May. This is its largest eruption in 100 years, sending a plume of smoke and ash 12 miles into the sky. The volcano lies beneath the ice of the uninhabited Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland.  

This eruption comes a year after the Eyjafjallajokull eruption which caused massive flight cancellations across Europe, due to closing most of the airspace. This eruption is reported to be 100 times bigger than last year's.

Icelandic air traffic control have created a no-fly zone around the volcano, closed Keflavik airport, and cancelled all domestic flights.

Eurocontrol, the European air safety organisation, said no impact was expected on European airspace outside Iceland or on transatlantic flights for at least 24 hours.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are monitoring the situation closely and working with National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the Met Office.

This eruption is not on the scale of last years and the ash particles from this eruption are said to be larger and heavier than last year, as a result they will  fall to the ground more quickly and not spread as far as in 2010.

The UK Met Office, which runs Europe's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, are monitoring and modelling the ash cloud. Their modelling predicts that the ask cloud will spread over the Northern Scotland by this evening (23rd May 2011) and NATS have warned that flights will be cancelled tonight and in the morning.

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