Icelandic volcano grounds flights across UK, Ireland, Scandinavia

There are a series of video reports at the BBC, but the upshot of the newly re-awakened volcano on Iceland is that a plume of volcanic ash up to 11km high drifting over UK controlled airspace has resulted in the grounding of flights in the UK and Ireland. And, as this BBC report notes

By Thursday morning, the disruption to air traffic stretched from the UK to Scandinavia. Oslo airport, which is Norway’s largest, was closed, while Finland’s airport agency Finavia said air traffic to northern Sweden and northern Finland was also affected. In Denmark, officials said airspace would be closed from 1800 (1600 GMT). The Air Traffic Control Service (Nats) said no flights would be allowed in or out of UK airspace from midday to 1800BST (1100-1700 GMT) amid fears of engine damage. Airports in Scotland had already been shut earlier on Thursday and flights at several English airports had been suspended. The last volcanic eruption at the Eyjafjallajoekull glacier was on 20 March – the first since 1821 – and it forced about 500 people in the sparsely populated area from their homes.

Adds via the Guardian’s Jemima Kiss, keep an eye on the clear skies at Update The BBC reports – “Restrictions on UK airspace have been extended until 1300 BST on Friday, the Air Traffic Control Service has said. But some flights between Northern Ireland and Scotland and some north Atlantic flights to Belfast may be permitted after 0100 BST on Friday.”And more details here

These are some of the knock-on effects of the ash disruption:

•Eurocontrol says Germany is monitoring the situation and considering partial airspace closures

•Planes have been grounded in Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. France is also preparing to close its main airports.

•There is severe disruption in both Poland and Spain, where all northbound flights are cancelled. Switzerland has cancelled a number of flights from Geneva.

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