Volcanic ash threatens UK airspace

Transport agency says parts of airspace may have to be shut between Sunday and Tuesday.

    The spread of ash from an erupting volcano disrupted European air traffic in April [AFP]

    Spewing ash from the erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland grounded much of European air traffic for nearly a week in mid-April.

    Airlines had to cancel around 100,000 flights, stranding millions of passengers.

    Since then the ash has periodically forced short-term closure of parts of airspace in countries across Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Germany.

    Philip Hammand, the British transport minister, said on Saturday that five-day rather than the previous 18-hour ash prediction charts would be made available to airlines and the public on the Met Office forecaster's website.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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