Iceland airspace closes as ash plume changes direction

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on April 23, 2010

Despite the UK airports reopening after a week-long flight ban due to the volcanic ash from the Icelandic volcano, Iceland has now announced they will close all airspace because of the shift in the ash cloud. The shift, caused by changing wind patterns, made it possible for European airports to begin allowing flights out again. However, the shift has also caused the ash to drift into Icelandic airspace.

Authorities said Thursday, that the airspace across Iceland would be shutdown. The eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano has continued to cause chaos for the European travel industry, in what has been called the most chaotic travel situation since 9/11.

Just as order is slowly being restored across the rest of Europe, Iceland will now be put on lock down until airspace clears of ash. The ash cloud as been moving with changing wind patterns, although experts have said it has dissipated from its original volume.

According to the aviation authority, the forecasted movement of the ash cloud will definitely see the airports at Keflavik and Reykjavik closed for a period of time. The authority added that this would mark the first time that both of Iceland’s international airports had to be closed since the eruption began.

The flight ban is anticipated to go into effect at 0600 GMT early Friday morning. Many flights at the Keflavik airport had been moved up to 0500 GMT to avoid cancellation, according to the airport’s website.

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