Iceland volcanic ash update

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  • Flights in Iceland are running to a nearly normal schedule.
  • The ash cloud has never been better seen from Reykjavik.
  • UK authorities warn of possible airport closures tomorrow.

The ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull eruption is extremely active at the moment and has never been as visible from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, according to University of Iceland geophysicist, Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson. The ash is, however, not affecting domestic or international flights in and around Iceland as it has been doing over recent days.

All international and domestic flights have been running as normal today – with the exception of to and from the Westman Islands – and the situation is not predicted to change soon. Air Iceland has pencilled in a flight to the Westman Islands at 09.00 tomorrow morning; but that is subject to change.

Meanwhile, British airspace could close again from tomorrow morning until at least Tuesday due to the volcanic ash, according to Daily Telegraph sources in the Ministry of Transport.

According to the paper’s website, it is likely that airports in Scotland and the Souteast of England will close, along with Irish airports.

The British government has given the Met Office permission to make its five-day ash forecasts public online, replacing the 18-hour forecasts available until now.

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